HTML, the hypertext language of the Web, did not have significant evolution in the past decade. It has however found its way in many applications and context, from television to electronic books. EPUB, a e-book standard done by the International Digital Puyblishing Forum (IDPF), has been using XHTML 1.1 to construct the content of a book as of version 2.0. Going from a document published on the Web to a document viewable in ebook readers has never been so easy since it’s becoming a matter of simple transfortmation.
The new version of HTML, called HTML5, adds several new functionalities that are relevant to the publishing world. Headers, footers, figure captions, article, or section are being introduced to facilitate the management of documents published on the Web and are directly applicable to the publishing industry. SVG, the scalable vector graphic language, or MathML, the mathematical language, are also fully part of the new HTML platform and useable in non-dynamic environment. WOFF, the new open font format for the Web, will also be introduced.
Philippe Le Hegaret heads the W3C Interaction Domain which produces frontend Web technologies including HTML5, CSS3, SVG, WOFF, or Web APIs. He is currently a participant in the Web Performance Working Group and organized the W3C workshop on Video on the Web in 2007. Until July 2008, Philippe lead the W3C Architecture Domain, which produced the W3C Core technologies in the area of XML, Web Services, and Internationalization. He is a former Chair of the Document Object Model (DOM) Working Group and co-edited some of the DOM specifications.
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