July 20, 2015 EPUB: One format for all deliverables, with Scott Prentice

EPUB3, built on HTML5 and CSS3, can include interactivity, videos, audio clips, and can read to the user. It works with vertical, left to right, and right to left content. The content can flow from page to page (traditional ebook), it can be topic-based and scroll vertically (a typical Help system), or it can be formatted in a fixed layout (like a PDF).

All of this in one neat little package that can be read on most devices and platforms. The tools aren’t there yet, but in time EPUB could be the “all” format for techcomm. This presentation discusses the pros and cons of the various options and shows working prototypes. If you’re looking for a single file deliverable that does it all, EPUB may be for you.

About Scott Prentice

scottprenticeScott Prentice is a specialist in online documentation development and efficient publishing processes. With 22+ years as a technical publications application developer, overlapping with 8 years as a technical writer of user and developer documentation, Scott has extensive design experience and the ability to creatively solve unique problems on short notice.

Scott’s specialties include custom web application development, online document interface design, and authoring productivity enhancements. He is adept at creating innovative solutions that facilitate content localization into many languages. For more information, see Scott’s bio.

Meeting details

Date: July 20, 2015
Networking/social time: 6:00-7:00pm
Presentation time: 7:00-8:00pm+
Location: IHOP Restaurant, 4200 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Cost: Free

Note: You don’t have to be an official STC member to attend the meetings.


Here are the slides from the event: epub-for-all.stc-sv.

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