[FoRK] Betting on the iPad

Lucas Gonze lucas.gonze at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 15:40:20 PST 2010

On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 2:47 PM, Dr. Ernie Prabhakar
> Help me out here -- I thought ePub *was* microformatted XHTML.

It's XHTML but not microformatted.  All the semantics that apps need
to be able to extract are in external config files written in XML.
And the XML itself is a gnarly bummer which is much harder to work
with than necessary.  The group that invented it seems to have not
known how to slim down to a reasonable complexity without losing

MAF == Mozilla Application Format, which is pretty big for its
britches these days.

<drernie at radicalcentrism.org> wrote:
> 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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