Re: [xep-support] ePUB

From: Greg Baryza <baryza@intersystems.com>
Date: Wed Feb 17 2010 - 08:57:09 PST

At 03:09 PM 2/17/2010, you wrote:
>On 17 February 2010 14:23, Greg Baryza <baryza@intersystems.com> wrote:
>
> >> > Drawing a line between XHTML and ePUB seems like making a distinction
> >> > without a difference.
> >>
> >> Subtle, but important differences.
> >
> > Ok. Terse comments merit the same. Why?
>
>Because most e-readers won't read plain xhtml.
>
>
> >> ‚ 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
> >
> > And why would you question that? The PDF-to-ePUB conversion programs I've
> > looked at accept PDFs as input.
> > As to another presentation format, that is exactly what I am saying.'
>
>Its my view that this is meeting a short term need without any longer
>term view of the process.
>It may be available, does that mean to say it's sensible, or the
>best for your processes?
>
> >
> >
> >> 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
> >
> > Yes, and I want to know whether I can work with a vendor I am familiar
> with,
> > or whether I should go find another. If they don't think that is an area
> > they want to participate in, I can live with that.
>
>The only 'vendor' you'd need would be one providing an XSLT engine.
>Saxon does that well. You wouldn't need an xsl-fo vendor.
>
>HTH

Actually, it did, but only a little. You are obviously more versed and
have given this more thought than I thus far. Thanks for your opinions.

>--
>Dave Pawson
>XSLT XSL-FO FAQ.
>Docbook FAQ.
>http://www.dpawson.co.uk
>
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