The Beauty of Web-first Workflows

A session at Books in Browsers 2011

Friday 28th October, 2011

9:00am to 10:00am (PST)

Making a book should be no harder than making a website. What is a book, after all, but a special class of website that happens to have a history of being displayed in purpose-built, paper-based browsers?

Why do we expect frameworks for building websites to output websites that are compatible with multiple browsers, whereas building books … is still a giant shambles as soon as you need to satisfy interoperability with multiple paper and non-paper browsers.

It shouldn’t be any harder to make a standards compliant book that will work in paper and non paper browsers, and some solutions to this problem should be found in the success of web-based web building frameworks, and CMSs.

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Hugh McGuire

books. web. open textbooks. co-founder of rebus. founder of pressbooks, librivox, co-editor of 'book: a futurist's manifesto'. cooker of food, drinker of wine. bio from Twitter

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Time 9:00am10:00am PST

Date Fri 28th October 2011

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