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W3C and IDPF Officially Combine Organizations

Thursday, February 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
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By Calvin Reid (for Publishers Weekly) --

After seven months of contentious debate over the merger, the International Digital Publishing Forum, developer of the EPUB e-book format standard, and the W3C, the internet standards organization founded by Tim Berners-Lee, have officially combined organizations.

International Digital Publishing Forum president George Kerscher, said that the merger of the two organizations will ensure that EPUB will remain a standard relevant to the future of the global online and print community. “By combining our organizations, we not only align our technology roadmaps, but also accelerate the adoption of content that is natively accessible and device-friendly for all types of publishing, whether you are reading on the Web or offline."

Under the merger, the IDPF will be absorbed into the W3C. IDPF members voted overwhelmingly (88% in favor) in support of the merger in November 2016. In addition the IDPF said that “an unprecedented number” of IDPF members who contributed to the development of the EPUB standard have relinquished any rights they have in the standard to ensure that EPUB is an open and royalty free standard. The approval for the merger came despite vigorous objections by Steve Potash, OverDrive CEO and founder of the Open E-Book Forum, the predecessor organization to the International Digital Publishing Forum....


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