EPUB and Web Standards

The importance of web standards to EPUB has been mentioned a few times now, so before jumping into all the new features of EPUB 3, it’s worth a brief diversion to look at why this integration with the browser stack (XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript) is so important to the format.

Saying that EPUB is tied to the browser stack is not to suggest that, back in 1999 when the first version of the specification was released, the Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator browsers of the day were the intended reading targets. It simply means that the same open standards that underpin the World Wide Web were seen as both a natural fit for digital reading and integral to the long-term survival of the format. They were a natural fit because ...

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