CPSC547 Project Electronic Publishing Page

Electronic Publishing

Electronic publishing allows us to use computer technology to effectively package, deliver, and interact with electronic information. In the field of electronic publishing, we must be aware of the issues of typography, the communication medium used, and the legal issues of publishing in general. Applications for electronic publishing includes portable documents and on-line documents (e.g. documentation, books, and reference materials) as well as Hypertext, HTML, and SGML.

A major concern in electronic publishing is that of portability. When transferring a document from one computer platform to another, the availability of fonts, applications, and even a monitors size, resolution, and colour capability are all issues that need to be addressed. Since electronic publishing also gives us communications mediums such as graphics, audio, and video, the computer platform must also have the capability to reproduce these mediums.

On-line documents allow us to store information electronically and provides a set of tools to effective access this information. It should not be the display of documents based on or designed for paper. By using on-line documents, we can distribute the documents faster and access them more widely. Hypertext, a form of on-line documents, allows us to collect and structure free-form information from a variety of sources. It can be used to create links between related subjects and to navigate a topic and its related materials.

HTML and SGML are markup language standards that are used to describe the structure and manage the content of any digital document across multiple platforms. SGML is often used to create complex documents that are shared across an organization or industry. Links in a SGML document are dynamic for instantaneous updates. HTML is primarily used to format Internet home pages such as the home page we are currently using. It is comprised of a set of 37 tags used to describe the design of a document and its connection to other documents on the Internets World-Wide Web.


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