Introducing 5doc.org

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The time has come to move on from PDFs and EPUBs and embrace the OpenWeb and HTML5 for documents and publications.
5DOC.ORG is focused on making this happen.
The goal of this site is to facilitate the process of making HTML5 the lingua franca for documents. More info…

WideForm

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Conventional wisdom says that there is an optimum page width for documents. Flexible layout ebooks have embraced this philosophy to the point of inflexibility.

But evolution hardly ever follows conventional wisdom and instead HTML5 pages have embraced using the full width of the screen – whatever the width of that screen is.

WordPress Theme "2013" was one of the first to embrace WideForm
WordPress Theme “2013″ was one of the first to embrace WideForm

5DOC.ORG will soon release WideForm downloadable HTML5 samples.

As one of the goals of 5DOC.ORG is to demonstrate that downloadable samples should look as close as possible to the web page from which the content is taken, the initial appearance of the site’s WideForm version of the Writr’s child theme is emphasising functionality over features and visual polish.

Apologies for this.

Sample: HTMLBook Documentation

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OReilly-Logo HTMLBook–Unofficial Draft by O’Reilly Media, Inc proposes a standard for an HTML5 book based on XHTML5. This online sample is now available for download and offline use.

Arguments about HTML5 vs XHTML5 are about as clear as a discussion of the difference between General Motors and Opel. Once the “scout” in you indulges in learning, you then discover you have wasted your time. Gut instinct: go with HTML5. Here is one debate.

We have to ask ourselves what is the point? IMHO too much effort is made to make things complicated and less useful–to stay within known parameters. But why do we need e-readers when we have browsers and why do we need XHTML5 when we have JSON?

WordPress.org is busy developing the capability to represent WordPress content with JSON Rest API. And there is already interest in extracting JSON from EPUB. So it is very realistic to project the capability to go from WordPress ⇔ HTML5 and from other forms of data structure ⇒ (WordPress || HTML5).

Sample: Embedded Images

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This example of Embedded Images from the Project Gutenberg is now available for download.

This document includes several images embedded on the fly using a customised version of the EP Image Base64 Encode plugin. Samples with encoded audio and video will be released ASAP.

A complex 5DOC.ORG HTML5 document containing media, Javascript, CSS and more can easily be produced and is much more functional and feature-full than the dead as a doormat PDF file.

What you see on your on-line web pages is virtually identical to what you retain offline!

Sample: Styling for Print

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styling for printStyling for Print from the WordPress Codex is 5DOC.ORG’s first HTML5 sample for download.

5DOC.ORG samples demonstrate the core belief that in the future off-line documents will be generated from an online content management system.

Only minor changes were required from the original web page and underlying CSS files. All 5DOC.ORG downloads are generated on the file and contain a timestamp.

Annotations

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5DOC.ORG documents support annotations

Where tagged, annotations can be added to a downloaded 5DOC.ORG document.

Documents with an Annotate tag contain code that enables the adding and storing of annotations if the user has an account with AnnotateIt.

If signed up and logged in to the AnnotateIt service, click on the AnnotateIt bookmark or button at the top of a 5DOC.ORG document, select some text and click the popup to add an annotation.

As annotations are stored on the AnnotateIT site, they will be available when the document is opened on any compatible platform.