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NCX navigation in epub books

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The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) maintains the epub standards for electronic publication, but there are good reasons to reuse an already existing standard – not least of which is you don’t have to maintain it yourself.

That’s what IDPF have done to specify how a Table of Contents should be held in an epub ebook. They have adopted the NCX specification of the DAISY consortium. The problem was how to let readers dive into any part of an ebook and at the same time save the processing effort to open and parse the entire book.

The latest article in my Inside Epub series explains how this works: NCX navigation in epub books.

Copyright © Colin Hazlehurst, 2010


Written by netkingcol

January 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm

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