[FoRK] Betting on the iPad

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar drernie at radicalcentrism.org
Mon Feb 1 14:47:53 PST 2010


Hi Lucas,

On Feb 1, 2010, at 1:14 PM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
> It will ensure that passive formats like epub and azw lose out in
> favor of active formats like HTML5 apps and proprietary phone-specific
> apps.
> 
> It will enable the technology to finally get great.  Ebook readers are
> a lame technology.  EG, in-book ajax is a distant dream.  Media
> playback not even that.
> 
> I imagine that the reader app and book content will be bundled
> together in one opaque package.  There will be a few different reader
> apps, each of which has its own API for the books to write to.  The
> best APIs will be microformatted HTML.

Help me out here -- I thought ePub *was* microformatted XHTML.  

> Dark horse bet for the winning data format: MAF.

Huh?  Multiple Alignment Format?  Mozilla Archive Format? Missionary Aviation Foundation?

-- Ernie P.





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