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By Liza Daly, Vice-President of Engineering at Safari Books Online

IBM DeveloperWorks has posted my article on designing ebooks in the latest version of the open standard for ebooks, EPUB 3: Create rich-layout publications in EPUB 3 with HTML5, CSS3, and MathML.

Summary: EPUB 3.0, which is the latest revision of the industry-standard XML e-book format, jumps into modern web technology by embracing HTML5 and CSS3. It retains its focus on XML-driven toolkits by requiring XHTML serialization and adding supplementary XML vocabularies, such as MathML and SVG. EPUB 3 offers a variety of options for developing advanced, digital-native publications. In this article, learn to create rich-layout pages using some new features in EPUB 3.

Some implementation details not included in the post:

  • While a MathML example is shown running in iBooks, iBooks doesn’t yet fully support all or even most of MathML. Originally I had assumed this was a…

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