Re: [xep-support] ePUB

From: Dave Pawson <>
Date: Wed Feb 17 2010 - 05:52:07 PST

On 17 February 2010 13:10, Greg Baryza <> wrote:

> I'm still very much a newbie when it comes to ePUB, so if these comments are
> off the mark, I welcome the educational opportunity...
> Drawing a line between XHTML and ePUB seems like making a distinction
> without a difference.

Subtle, but important differences.

 Isn't the browser "flowing" content  into the page in
> a way similar to that of an eReader?

Yes, i.e. doing the layout from 'semantic' markup.

 Â It appears that many of the current
> conversion-to-ePUB products take PDFs as input so why not cut out the middle
> step when you can work with the original markup?

Appears? I'd question that. I'd say that's like taking a presentation
and saying you want it in another 'presentation' format

A better workflow is to go from real semantic markup (some
XML vocabulary) and transform into an output format,
e.g. via xslt+xsl-fo then use XEP to get to PDF
e.g. via xslt to get to e-pub

> We have used XEP quite satisfactorily for half a decade now.  We are
> starting to get probes from our current customers as to whether we will
> produce the content for their eReaders, or whether they will have to do it
> themselves.  Naturally, we would rather produce the content.

'transform' the content? If their source is semantically marked
up XML then you've an easy task.


Dave Pawson
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