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Monday, March 18
 

8:15am

Registration & Breakfast
Monday March 18, 2019 8:15am - 8:45am
Collaboration Centre Cafe (ground floor, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

8:45am

Tech Forum & ebookcraft Opening Ceremony
An opening ceremony to mark the official beginning of Tech Forum & ebookcraft 2019 will be performed by Whabagoon, an Ojibway Elder of the Lac Seul First Nation.

Speakers
avatar for Elder Whabagoon

Elder Whabagoon

Lac Seul First Nation
Whabagoon is an Ojibway Elder of the Lac Seul First Nation, a Keeper of Sacred Pipes, active community member, speaker, and a land defender and water protector. Whabagoon’s strong commitment toward educating the community has earned her the Community Service Award given by the Bank... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2019 8:45am - 9:00am
Collaboration Centre Cafe (ground floor, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

9:00am

So You Think You Can Code? #eprdctn Life Hacks
This will be a hands-on workshop where participants take on a few of the perennial challenges unique to digital publishing. No advance preparation will be required to participate in coding and discussing solutions in real time. Harnessing the combined experience of the ebookcraft community, we may even compile solutions together that are better than any of us could develop individually. This session can be enjoyed with or without participating in this year's So You Think You Can Code competition and will appeal to all skill levels, from beginners testing their mettle to pros ready to learn new tricks—or maybe even show off a little.

[BYOL] Participants will need to bring a device, but code and conundrums will be provided. 

Speakers
avatar for Melissa deJesus

Melissa deJesus

Associate Production Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Melissa deJesus is often the first person to find out that a retailer has an issue with one of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Trade ebooks, like 1984, Lord of the Rings, or The Handmaid's Tale. Then she's the person who tweaks the file or the metadata to fix the problem. For more recent... Read More →



9:00am

Be an Ally to a11y: An Accessibility Workshop with DAISY Consortium
From the definition of accessibility requirements, to the actual production, to testing and metadata editing, accessibility needs to be taken into account through the entire production workflow. The DAISY Consortium, uniquely positioned at the intersection of the specialized and mainstream publishing ecosystem, will try to share some tips and best practices to make born-accessible publications a reality. They will notably demonstrate how to use Ace by DAISY, the automated accessibility checker, and SMART, the simplified manual accessibility reporting tool.

Competing in So You Think You Can Code? All workshop attendees are eligible! This particular workshop will touch on the following criteria, which will be used to judge your EPUB submissions: meets accessibility standards. One workshop attendee will win a grand prize that includes $2,500 from Rakuten Kobo. Find out more about the competition and how to participate here.

Find the slides for the workshop here. (Beware, we still have to fix some links and add transcript and descriptions!)

Speakers
avatar for Marisa DeMeglio

Marisa DeMeglio

Software Developer, DAISY Consortium
Marisa DeMeglio is a software developer for the DAISY Consortium. Her background is in Computer Science and she has been working in the field of accessibility and e-books for the past 18 years. She leads the epubtest.org website development, is a core member of the Ace by DAISY project, and participates in the W3C Web Publications working group, particularly in regards to accessible synchronized media. Outside of work, she volunteers with Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles as an instructor and member of their Executive... Read More →
avatar for Romain Deltour

Romain Deltour

Software Developer, DAISY Consortium
Romain Deltour is a software developer and accessibility expert for the DAISY Consortium, and firmly believes in the Web’s potential to enable a truly inclusive publishing ecosystem. When he’s not coding, learning, or attending W3C conference calls, Romain can usually be seen... Read More →


10:30am

Break
Monday March 18, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am
Collaboration Centre Cafe (ground floor, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

10:45am

XSLT 3 for EPUB and Print
Learn about using XSLT to produce EPUB2 and EPUB3 books from XML or XHTML input as well as PDF for print with CSS or XSL-FO. You don't need previous XSLT experience but a willingness to look at a little code will really help.

XSLT can be a functional programming language or a simple template language or anywhere between. We’ll focus on the newer features of XSLT, after a quick overview.

[BYOL] If you bring a laptop with Oxygen XML Editor or Saxon 9 HE ready to run, you can follow along with some examples, and if not, that's fine too.

Competing in So You Think You Can Code? All workshop attendees are eligible! This particular workshop will touch on the following criteria, which will be used to judge your EPUB submissions: meets accessibility standards; rich navigation; adherence to standards; errors caught and fixed; and HTML updated to provide proper semantic markup. One workshop attendee will win a grand prize that includes $2,500 from Rakuten Kobo. Find out more about the competition and how to participate here.

Speakers
avatar for Liam Quin

Liam Quin

Analyst, Delightful computing
Liam Quin has been working with digital typography and books since first encountering text formatting software in 1981. He worked at SoftQuad Inc. (an outgrowth of Coach House Press in the 1980s) and was later the head of XML work at the World Wide Web Consortium for many years. He... Read More →



12:00pm

Lunch
Monday March 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Collaboration Centre Cafe (ground floor, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

1:00pm

Make Your Life Easier with Scripting
We waste weeks of our lives every year doing repetitive tasks over and over again.  What if you could save yourself all that time by automating things with a few scripts?  Easily translate data, execute multiple commands at once, get your time back to do what really makes you valuable. During this hands-on workshop, Nick Ruffilo will come prepared with a few template scripts for handling tons of different common problems and will take live audience feedback and walk participants through the thought and coding process to automate whatever it is that has been asked for. The templates and code created during the session will be provided back to the participants.

Find Nick's slides and code here: https://github.com/nruffilo/eBookCraft2019

Competing in So You Think You Can Code? All workshop attendees are eligible! This particular workshop will touch on the following criteria, which will be used to judge your EPUB submissions: rich navigation; adherence to standards; errors caught and fixed; HTML updated to provide proper semantic markup; and semantic inflection. One workshop attendee will win a grand prize that includes $2,500 from Rakuten Kobo. Find out more about the competition and how to participate here.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Ruffilo

Nick Ruffilo

Developer, Aerio/Ingram
Nick Ruffilo is the Commerce Technology Manager of Ingram, working directly on Aer.io.  Nick has been a web developer for more than 15 years and is a member of the W3C Web Publishing Group.  He is the author of a set of video series on learning to code which can be found at ht... Read More →


1:00pm

Remediating Backlist ebooks with Accessibility in Mind
What does it take to level up an ebook's accessibility? What if it's an EPUB 2 made with the best intentions five, six, or 10 years ago? Bring your oldest, dirtiest EPUBs to this workshop to learn how to fix your backlist bestsellers, to shine them up to a newer EPUB specification and ready for the diverse needs of a broad spectrum of readers.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Brady

Laura Brady

Director, Cross-Media, House of Anansi Press
Laura Brady is an ebook developer, working at the House of Anansi Press managing the Cross-Media department. She is into ebooks, accessibility, dogs, and baseball. In her spare time she helps plan ebookcraft and follows the Blue Jays. She also probably tweets too much.



3:00pm

Introduction to Audiobook Production for #eprdctn People
#eprdctn people get a reputation for being tech-savvy – and rightfully so! But as print people lump all digital products together, ebook developers asked to make audiobooks may have no idea where to start. And that’s where we were three years ago! Through research, trial and error, and tests with distributors, we created a process of turning raw audio into finished audiobooks that worked for us. This workshop includes hands-on training in assembling audiobooks from sample audio, QAing tablemates’ audio, and understanding required metadata. We’ll also touch on why your press should consider creating audiobooks, choosing the right books for your market, and collaborating with audio houses. We hope that by sharing our experience, we can encourage others, especially small presses, to dive into the audiobook market with confidence.

[BYOL] Attendees of this workshop will need to bring their own laptops, headphones/earbuds, and have downloaded these free tools in advance:
  1. Audacity 2.3.1: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/
  2. LAME MP3 encoder (Audacity plug-in): manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq_installation_and_plug_ins.html#lame 
  3. PDF reader software
Working files are attached to this session (scroll down).

Competing in So You Think You Can Code? All workshop attendees are eligible! Paying attention in this particular workshop could help you take your submission to the next level through the addition of an audio component to your EPUB. One workshop attendee will win a grand prize that includes $2,500 from Rakuten Kobo. Find out more about the competition and how to participate here.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Schefer

Kate Schefer

Digital Product Coordinator, Lerner Publishing Group
Kate Schefer has degrees in creative writing and communications from Elon University, and currently works as the Digital Products Coordinator for Lerner Publishing Group, a prominent children's publishing house in Minneapolis, MN. She creates ebooks, enhanced ebooks, and audiobooks... Read More →
avatar for Kris Tomes

Kris Tomes

Associate Digital Product Manager, Lerner Publishing Group
Kris Tomes is the Associate Digital Product Manager for Minneapolis-based children’s publisher Lerner Publishing Group, where she manages ebooks, audiobooks, hybrid print + digital products, and new product development. She has a background in print design and developing best practices... Read More →



3:00pm

Metadata Beyond ONIX: How Publishers can use Different Metadata Formats Throughout Their Press
This workshop looks at the main formats for metadata — Dublin Core, ONIX, EAD, schema.org, open graph, twitter card — and talks about how they can be used by publishers to create rich content and how to think about crosswalks between the formats to make publishing more efficient.

Competing in So You Think You Can Code? All workshop attendees are eligible! This particular workshop will touch on the following criteria, which will be used to judge your EPUB submissions: rich navigation; adherence to standards; meets accessibility standards; and HTML updated to provide proper semantic markup. One workshop attendee will win a grand prize that includes $2,500 from Rakuten Kobo. Find out more about the competition and how to participate here.

Speakers
avatar for John Rodzvilla

John Rodzvilla

Graduate Program Director, Emerson College
Over the last decade John Rodzvilla has been the electronic publisher-in-residence at Emerson College where he has taught courses on EPUB, web development, and general book publishing. He also helped launched Emerson's online MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing, been co-director... Read More →



4:00pm

Break
Monday March 18, 2019 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Collaboration Centre Cafe (ground floor, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

4:15pm

Faking a Grid
We wanted to utilize the responsive nature of the grid layout in our EPUBs to mimic the complex layout of higher education print textbooks. When we looked at applying the grid to our EPUBs, we saw that this would require additional coding not related to semantics, and the addition of s surrounding our headers would interrupt our CFI generation (which are essential to our course creation).

To mimic the look of a grid layout, we leveraged the consistent framework of our Macmillan Schema and relied on media queries to mirror the look of a responsive grid. This solution worked with our CFI generation and saved us from having to add additional coding to fit the grid model.
In this workshop, we will present the CSS we authored at Macmillan as a case study and explore alternative ways to code and style complex content with CSS, with a focus on grid and media queries in EPUBs.

Link to codepen exercises

Competing in So You Think You Can Code? All workshop attendees are eligible! This particular workshop will touch on the following criteria, which will be used to judge your EPUB submissions: fine typography; device agnostic; and ingenuity/creativity of design. One workshop attendee will win a grand prize that includes $2,500 from Rakuten Kobo. Find out more about the competition and how to participate here.

Speakers
avatar for Franco Alvarado

Franco Alvarado

Senior Content Standards Project Manager, Macmillan Learning
Franco started his career in publishing in the Boston area, focusing primarily on digital publishing and ebooks. From there, he delved into web development, automation, and workflow optimization. He helped to develop the XML-based digital workflow for Adams Media, geared toward repurposing... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Granger

Betsy Granger

Associate Director Content Standards, Macmillan Learning
I have spent close to 15 years in publishing. My career started in fashion editorial as an intern for InStyle magazine. Twelve years back, coinciding with a move out west to Austin TX, I shifted from print to the digital world and fell in love with science publishing.  Three years... Read More →



4:15pm

The Bunny Slopes of SVG Mountain
Naomi Kennedy is here to gently guide you down the slippery slopes of the SVG image format as it pertains to ebooks. No prior SVG knowledge is required — Naomi will go over what it is, how and why it's used, and demo tools to create and edit these image files.

[BYOL] Attendees will have the chance to code along with Naomi as she creates an SVG file and places it in an ebook to demonstrate its functionality (or lack thereof). This hands-on workshop will also touch on the differences and similarities between CSS and SVG, accessibility, common problems and their solutions, and supported features.

Competing in So You Think You Can Code? All workshop attendees are eligible! This particular workshop will touch on the following criteria, which will be used to judge your EPUB submissions: fine typography; device agnostic; and ingenuity/creativity of design. One workshop attendee will win a grand prize that includes $2,500 from Rakuten Kobo. Find out more about the competition and how to participate here.

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Kennedy

Naomi Kennedy

Senior Manager, Ebook Development, Penguin Random House
Naomi Kennedy is the Senior Manager for Ebook Development at Penguin Random House. A master at process automation, she is charged with developing tools to improve Penguin Random House's eBook production workflow and helping others with their ebook woes. Previously, she worked for... Read More →