Does this forum endorse any one standard for electronic books?
Personally I imagine it would be like herding cats to get everyone to agree... but it would be a good thing if we could agree on one format. Knowing of course there would be those of us that would prefer to use a different format we could just have a set of format changers as a group if we had somewhere to start from. The fact we can change format is not the problem, rather; the fact that we have no standard format is the issue. I think that having no one standard even within a particular language is like inventing the Tower of Babel all over again!! This is one of the fundimental problems with electronic books in my opinion. I can pick up any book that is titled in english and expect to be able to read it so long as is within my ability to read. I can not pick up an electronic book and read it unless I am willing to invest in the hardware and possibly the software to be able to read it (or spend the time decoding it in an unfamiliar language). I strongly believe that this is fundimentally incorrect for a democratic form of governance.
I believe that the more basic the standard the better! ASCII text would be one possible such standard, another might be the subject of this thread PDF autoflow, or "poor man OCR", or "OWR" viewtopic.php?f=3&t=777
, extracted word sized data to allow compression. It is not a simple problem but it is fundimental to what we are doing here. It is fundimental to the thread that popped up just recently from a person asking if they could request a book to be scanned. It is so basic to the reality of how we as a group or a nation choose to share our knowledge and teach each other. I believe we should set that standard if we can and strive toward it even if we can not yet attain that goal.
What is your opinion? What would you choose as a standard e-book format possibly for a group goal?
From the first 11 posts
An E-book standard format should:
1. Preserve the format of the book on a page by page basis.
2. Have searchable text with the location of the text available.
3. Have lossless compression to allow e-book format changes of the same quality
4. Allow for expansion of graphic content in the future.
5. Be as fast as possible to use (speed is an issue).
6. Allow for use by those who are visually handicapped
7. Allow for formats of differing purposes since there are real reasons for using alternative formats.
I believe that summarizes what we have been saying in so far as we have been speaking of a standard e-book format. I have not presented these in any particular order. I have no doubt inserted my own bias although I have tried to keep that as minimal as possible. I believe there is more to say. I really did not think of many of these objectives and I think they are really very insightful and important!! The analysis of the first 11 posts is in the 12th post viewtopic.php?f=3&t=781&start=10#p7643