Category Archives: Links

Apache ODF toolkit

The Apache Software Foundation has made its first release of the ODF Toolkit. This version is called 0.5-incubating, so I imagine it still has rough edges. Officially, “incubating” means that “the project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF.”

This could be useful to software that validates or extracts metadata from Open Document Format files. It includes ODFDOM 0.8.7, which has been around for about a year. Anyone want to write a module for JHOVE or JHOVE2?

PDF/A post on FTL

Today on Files That Last I have a post on “PDF/A for the long haul.” It’s directed at the end user or administrator, not at the formats geek or preservation specialist, but might be useful to link to when you’re explaining what PDF/A is good for.

Article on formats and protocols

Here’s an interesting and thoughtful article on “textuality” in formats and protocols.

Thanks to Andy Jackson’s Twitter feed.

IPRES proceedings

The IPRES proceedings for 2011 are now available.

IPRES 2012 will be in Toronto, making it the most convenient one for Americans in years. It will be September 30 to October 5 (which is when I was planning to be in Germany … just can’t win),

The future of e-book formats

An article with some interesting thoughts: “Will There Ever Be A Universal, MP3-Like Standard For E-Books?”

Personally, I’d say PDF (not Epub) is to e-books what MP3 is to music files: A widely adopted, universally recognized format that no one’s entirely happy with but satisfies most people’s needs.

New on “Files that Last”

Here’s the first post with “real content” on FTL: Metadata: What’s it all about?”

W3C link roundup

DOM4 draft updated.
First draft of CSS device adaptation.
Ink Markup Language (InkML) recommendation.
Widget Packaging and XML Configuration recommendation.
XSL-FO 2.0 updated.
Namespaces Module and Selectors Level 3; First Draft of Selectors Level 4.
CSS Fonts Module Level 3 Draft.

W3C link roundup

There are a lot of announcements from W3C that are format-related, and I’m not always sure what to do with them. For the moment, I’ll put a bunch of recent links into this post, and perhaps will do the same occasionally to keep up to date.

First Draft of Efficient XML Interchange (EXI) Profile Published
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition) is a W3C Recommendation
Last Call: CSS Speech Module
Three CSS Drafts Published; First Draft of Conditional Rules Module Level 3
CSS Values and Units Module Level 3 Draft Updated
CSS Image Values and Replaced Content Module Level 3 Draft Updated