Web Standards for E-books March 9, 2010 Stephanie Leary 1 Comment Web Standards for E-books — Joe Clark is always worth reading, but in this article he’s tackling the intersection of my two professions. Excellent stuff.
Reading the article, what I get is:
HTML5/XHTML will win for ebook formats
It’s not yet at the point where it can handle formatting as well as PDF
The ability to handle weird edge casey stuff requires CSS extensions that don’t yet exist and are (probably) years from approval.
It would be best if authors wrote in HTML, when honestly I wasn’t even able to get web content providers to write in decent HTML.
In short… I don’t understand why PDF, generated from whatever electronic source the author prefers, wouldn’t be a better format than HTML5.
I’m just a disagreeable curmudgeon, I guess Shrug