Monthly Archives: April 2014

Metadata in the Content Delivery Process

I am very interested in the idea of transporting metadata through the localization process. Those who’ve read my blog before will know that I was a partner in the Multilingual Web – LT project during 2012 and 2013 which created the Internationalization Tag Set 2.0 W3C Recommendation.

ITS 2.0 along with XLIFF provides a way to maintain metadata through the localization processes and ITS 2.0 also provides way in which to encode its metadata in tagged formats such as XML and HTML. Two such formats that are prime candidates are DocBook and DITA. To this end I’ve been spending some time looking at how this could be achieved with DITA. I have just posted a page on the Ocelot wiki to describe what was possible to do without understanding more of the DITA architecture and schema. I’m hoping to work further with those who do have a deep understanding of DITA to demonstrate this.

Whilst browsing around the topic of metadata and publishing I came across the EPUB3 format. This is really exciting. Basically EPUB3 is a packaging format for XHTML, CSS, JavaScript and metadata. This promises to revolutionize published content. With the massive adoption of portable formats like PDF and ePub, and existing transforms from formats like DocBook to EPUB, there’s an enormous installed base of companies who could be ready to deliver dynamic, metadata rich content very soon.