The time has come to move on from PDFs and EPUBs and embrace the OpenWeb and HTML5 for documents and publications. More info…
5DOC.ORG believes now is the time to move forward towards a browser-based offline document – a 5DOC.
5DOC.ORG is an initiative to build an alternative to PDFs and eBooks.
and it is an ongoing effort where building complexity ultimately leads to simplification. A 5DOC is built with WordPress, a highly successful open source content management system.
5DOC.ORG believes the complex effort by W3C-IDPF (see slide below) for the next generation EPUB+WEB should be modified to much simpler requirements and that the effort should begin ASAP.
With the tools available today, virtually anything and everything is now possible and potentially far more functional and exciting than a PDF or eBook.
Apple’s MacWrite was the second application Steve Jobs introduced on the new Mac in 1984. An now, over thirty years later, MacWrite functionality – and much more – is built into the oft forgotten TextEdit.
In fact, now mini-MacWrites popup everywhere – on web pages, mini-windows, your phone. If word processor functionality can be freed from an application, surely content must be consumed free of proprietary silos as well. It will happen.
In fact, the purpose of EPUB+WEB as outlined in this document’s vision is precisely the idea 5DOC.ORG is working hard to put into practice.
Our vision for EPUB+WEB is that portable documents become fully native citizens of the Open Web Platform. In this vision, the current format- and workflow-level separation between offline/portable (EPUB) and online (Web) document publishing is diminished to zero.
These are merely two dynamic manifestations of the same publication: content authored with online use as the primary mode can easily be saved by the user for offline reading in portable document form. Content authored primarily for use as a portable document can be put online, without any need for refactoring the content.
Without further ado, let’s go to the sample…
- Introduction: Time to Move Forward
- Sample: Advancing Portable Documents for the Open Web Platform: Epub+Web
- Sample: Bridging the Web and Digital Publishing (Current)
- Sample of “5DOC Book ” – Art Book
- Sample: Looking Below the Surface
While it looks completely different than our EPUB+WEB specification sample, the first part of the series, it is still a 5DOC because the only technical requirement to be a 5DOC is a button to download the file. That and it has to be an HTML5 document of course.
In this way, a 5DOC takes after PDF – it represents a single abstraction. While PDF is a takeaway of the printed page, 5DOC is a takeaway of a web page or pages. Plus a 5DOC is also capable of delivering identifiable structured content.
Of course, it is highly desireable for the EPUB+WEB spec to deliver many more features as described in this and the previous sample, but why create unnecessary barriers and technical deconstructs when in reality it’s the download button and that’s it?
For Part III of this series 5DOC.ORG is releasing a demo of a “5DOC Book ” – including sections, chapters and a self-generated navigation – table of contents.
This sample demonstrates that complex structural documents can be produced with 5DOC.ORG’s WordPress app and downloaded for offline reading. These documents can be produced by a team in remote locations and viewed online as they will look and work offline.
Use the arrow keys or the palette at the top left of the page to navigate. Sections are listed in the top row and below chapters are listed contextually based on the current section.
The last sample – Part IV of the 5DOC series of new offline prototype documents – is the same document as the first sample in native format, but with quasi-offline content supplemented with downloaded data. The content of the other version in Part I was taken from the source of the web page, and this version contains material that is download when the offline page is loaded in a browser.
Don’t take my word for it! Download and load it into a browser tab with a live internet connection and into another tab with the connection off.
OK, so it’s not 100% offline, but it offers an innovative new option. The 5DOC now becomes a living document that is referenced as a file instead of a bookmark or a multistep search and navigate process to find the updated version of a given document.
Open the file in a browser and enjoy an updated version.