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Curriculum Encoders Group

Added or modified by Paul Libbrecht on Oct-29-2009

Browsable Textbooks Formats

The textbooks extracts should:

  • be easy to browse and searchable
  • be recognizable by the users of the textbook as being the same work and the same place of the work
  • integrate into web delivery (so a Word document does not work)
  • allow clicks on individual zones to trigger javascript calls that would insert the query for the competencieslinked to the zones
Clearly the HTML format is preferred. Nowadays, many (most) desktop-publishing tools (including Word,QuarkXPress, and InDesign) allow this format to be exported in a way that is very graphically faithful on mostplatform. This is the format with which it is easiest to insert hyperlinks and to process-them.

The PDF format does not support bothways javascript communications, but can trigger URL to be loaded. It isnot clear if the SWF format of the Flash player does it well either. Scanned works presented as pictures can alsoenter this infrastructure, through their embedding in the web-page and an HTML image-map, although the easeof browsing and searchability is much lower.

An issue is that the users should not be able to print a copy of the textbook if the publisher doesn't want. This can be done by offerling low-resolution images only, or by offering tables-of-contents only.

Back to Textbooks As Curriculum.