Today, the W3C has released a PR titled “New Roadmap for Future of Publishing is Underway as W3C and IDPF Officially Combine” (the French version is here).
The European Digital Reading Lab (EDRLab) is excited at the prospect of participating to the evolution of publishing standards and associated technologies with experts from two complementary domains, publishing and Web. Since 2015, we are promoting interoperability and accessibility via a broader use of EPUB in Europe. We believe that W3C support will encourage a broader adoption of EPUB 3, beyond the book industry, and may position EPUB as THE publishing format or any type of document.
We are also confident that the work on Portable Web Publications, as initiated by W3C and IDPF experts inside the DPUB IG, associated with the work of the Readium Foundation on modern open-source reading software, will bring great benefits to readers in the coming years, including print-disabled people.
More information about the first effects of the merger will be given at the EPUB Summit 2017, in Brussels, 9th and 10th of March.