Happy New Year from Editoria

This is a slightly edited version of an update on the Editoria project that was sent to our advisory board in December.  Going forward, we will be posting our monthly notes here on the blog, and delivering them to a broader group of contacs that we have cultivated in our conversations and travels over the course of the last couple of years working on the project.  If you are not currently on our email list and would like to receive regular updates, I encourage you to fill out our contact form.
The Editoria project is indeed moving into an exciting phase of its development, and I wanted to share some of our recent accomplishments and what lies ahead for us in 2017.
What We’ve Accomplished
Adam Hyde at the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation has an excellent post on his blog that summarizes a lot of the work that’s been done on the overall architecture of the system, and also specific features that have been built into the system.  I encourage you to read Adam’s post, which I think summarizes the current state of the application quite nicely.  However, I will briefly recap some of the important work that’s been done:
  1. Built team manager functionality that will allow the various members of a team involved in the production of a book (e.g. project editor, copyeditor, author) to interact with the text based upon permission assigned to them.
  2. Designed and implemented a commenting and querying system in the editor that allows for participants in a project to interactively comment on the text.
  3. Built out the libraries, known as XSweet, that are required for converting Word files to HTML for editing and display in the Editoria system.
  4. Developed and implemented a chapter structure navigation in the right column of the editor that allows a participant to easily navigate to any component of a chapter.
  5. Output print-ready PDFs from HTML using the Vivliostyle HTML/CSS typesetting engine.
What’s Up Next
Between now and mid to late April, which is when our current project plan has us beginning to pilot books through Editoria, we will be working on several critical pieces of functionality necessary to successfully use the the system in production.  These include:
  1. Adding track changes functionality.
  2. Integrating the system with the INK file conversion service that allows for automated upload and conversion of Word files.
  3. Adding an index builder.
  4. Building of the image management functionality necessary for image placement.
  5. Automating the output of PDF and EPUB files.
In addition, we will be doing some extensive unit testing of the various components of the system. This phase is currently planned for February/March.  We will be scheduling some webinar overviews of the system in the next couple of months—watch out for announcements.
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