The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) Approves Indexes Working Group

Wheat Ridge, CO (February 3, 2012) The American Society for Indexing (ASI) is proud to report that at the end of January 2012, the IDPF approved the Indexes Charter Proposal to establish an Indexes Working Group. The proposal was approved by a vote of 69 yes, 1 no, and 1 abstention.

The Indexes Working Group is now identifying additional participants and setting its meeting calendar and agenda. Any representative of an IDPF organization member (the IDPF consists of 300+ publishers, organizations, software & device developers, etc. ) can participate and a small number of invited experts, who are not IDPF representatives, can also be included. It is hoped that participants will include representatives of publishers, eReader developers, software tool developers, and librarians ,as well as indexers who have experience with technologies, such as XML, HTML, and online & web indexing. Interested parties should contact David K. Ream, co-chair of ASI’s DTTF at

The American Society for Indexing established the Digital Trends Task Force in mid-2011. One goal was to influence the inclusion of indexes in eBooks. To achieve this end, ASI became a member of the IDPF ( and began working on a proposal to better integrate indexes as components of eBooks formatted using EPUB 3.0.

For information on the activities of the DTTF beyond the EPUB standard, e-mail , or visit LinkedIn members can search for the discussion group “ASI Digital Trends Task Force”.

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