Q: What does this mean?

A: A common strategy for ON and OFFLINE HTML5 documents!

Heated discussions have appeared on many web sites covering Web and eBook developments.

The endorsement of offline web documents by the two most important organizations involved in digital publishing is of major significance to 5DOC.ORG, the first effort to promote this idea.

The W3C/IDPF are making it clear — the future of offline docs is HTML5, not EPUB or PDF. While PDF is an old static page format, by now most content is viewed in a web browser. And eReader-based EPUB has devolved into a fractured standard as shown by the EPUB Support Grid.

What is 5DOC?

5DOC means offline HTML5 documents – how to make them and how to use them. 5DOC is the first and only existing example of the W3C/IDPF new offline Portable Web Publication (PWP).

5DOC.ORG is a site built with WordPress that demonstrates several different 5DOC prototypes. The site came on line on 11 January 2014, long before the W3C/IDPF effort from later that year.

5DOC evolved from an effort to build an ePUB3 authoring environment with WordPress, initiated after it became clear EPUB3 is compromised by eReader incompatibilities and walled gardens.

As part of this initiative, 5DOC will build ties with core communities including document and site publishers, educational, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and developers working with HTML5 technologies all who have a common interest in offline documents.

The 5DOC.ORG site offers several samples. From the Sample page click the “5” to download. More samples are available on request as well as custom samples.

  1. Web page with images
  2. MathML
  3. Multi-chapter Book format Presentation
  4. Technical Document
  5. Alternative Presentation


The goal of 5DOC.ORG is to develop PWP solutions matching the vision of the W3C/IDPF, and which web sites and publishers can start using today. No waiting for new W3C/IDPF proposals or for browsers to decide to adopt them.

This will include an open-source WordPress plugin for use on a 5DOC-managed WordPress multisite and available to download from the WordPress plugin repository to install on privately managed sites. WordPress powers over 25% of all web sites – most on the internet.

The 5DOC plugin will enable the addition of new features through free and premium add-ons and the code is designed to encourage developers to contribute their own components.

In addition, 5DOC is exploring a plugin for static site generators – popular in the developer community – such as Jekyll and Octopress.


It is important to popularize the 5DOC brand – as the offline web and the organisation and people supporting it – that’s here and now, accessible, easy and cool.

In order for 5DOC to grow, it must attract financial and professional contributions by creating a community with strong bonds. This should be a multi-tier effort designed to open participation to a wide range of users from students to global organizations.

  1. Social Investors & Foundations: 5DOC will broaden accessibility to offline educational and scientific information by eliminating the need for proprietary readers.
  2. Developer Communities: 5DOC is a new opportunity for content developers working with WordPress, Javascript and other technologies.
  3. Publishers and Educational Organizations : Being fully aware of the W3C/IDPF PWP initiative, publishers will be keen to try this new avenue for their content.
  4. Crowdfunding: This is an excellent way to build the 5DOC brand and community participation. 5DOC will pre-sell multisite access and 5DOC t-shirts.
  5. Premium Add-Ons: Many publishers and web sites have unique requirements and the 5DOC architecture enables the deployment of components to fill these needs.
  6. Private Label Servers and Consulting: Buoyed by demand for PWP, 5DOC.ORG will help organizations install private servers and define their own 5DOC strategies.

First Steps

  1. Deploy a first generation plugin on a 5DOC site for people to experiment and in the WordPress plugin repository. Organizations may try out the current 5DOC site on request.
  2. Prepare comprehensive documentation to compliment the plugin.
  3. Establish non-profit and corporate entities to back the 5DOC initiative.
  4. Begin development of version 2 and the static-site generator plugin.