The IDPF condemns the outrageous and tragic attacks in Paris which have taken the lives of at least two members of the French publishing industry. We stand in solidarity with our many friends, colleagues and members in France. Access to information and knowledge is the single most powerful tool available to promote world peace. IDPF supports this wholeheartedly through its mission to increase access to information and content on a global basis by fostering open standards. We can not and will not let terrorism prevent the advancement of global knowledge, peace and prosperity so we will continue to promote these ends as one element of the fight against barbarism. The IDPF grieves for all the victims and we extend our sincere condolences to their families.
A one day seminar to be held on November 13th, 2015 at The Laboratorio Formentini per l'editoria in Milan. Digital technologies provide incredible opportunities to facilitate access to reading for people with visual disabilities.
CircularFLO, the ebook generation software from Circular Software Limited has recently been updated to version 7 and includes some exciting new features. In particular, the ability to automatically convert books into fixed layout EPUB 3 with "read-aloud" text highlighting. Circular Software has joined forces with Spanish technology company Sinkronigo to enable their tools to create automatic timestamping for audio synchronisation.
IDPF will hold a face-to-face meeting of the EPUB Working Group to kick-off EPUB 3.1 development on October 8 and 9th (morning) at the Google NYC campus. Bookending this meeting to complete an "EPUB Week NYC" will be Readium member and contributor meetings on October 7, and a bootcamp for new Readium developers on October 9th (afternoon), both at NYPL.
For further information and registration details see:
EPUBZone is pleased to report that EpubCheck 4.0.0 is now available for download: github.com/IDPF/epubcheck/releases/tag/v4.0.0.
This is a stable release introducing conformance checking of EPUB Publications against the following specifications:
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and Readium Foundation (readium.org) are in the process of formally launching European Headquarters in Paris, France. The new operation will be hosted by the recently created European Digital Reading Lab (EDRLab) which has been formed with the support of the French government and industry stakeholders, with 1.5 million Euros of incremental funding already committed.