History of Vivliostyle
2014, the beginning of Vivliostyle
The Vivliostyle project concept to create open source, web browser-based CSS typesetting software was born in late 2014.
Widespread of CSS typesetting, which enables formatting of book pages with HTML + CSS similar to that of the Web, will lead to one source multi-use and improve accessibility of publications. At the time, however, CSS typesetting was only available for commercial proprietary products, which limited its use.
Prior to the Vivliostyle project, its founder Murakami was involved in developing of AH Formatter, a commercial typesetting engine for Antenna House, and planned the new project and established Vivliostyle Inc. with support from AH. The company then became independent from AH but its trace can be found in CSS Typesetting Blog (Japanese) which remains in the AH site (Thanks to AH for keeping it).
The name “Vivliostyle” is a combination of the Greek word “βιβλίο” (pronounced /vivlío/, means “book”) and English “style”. This name was chosen with advice from Lea Verou, a Greek and a member of W3C CSS WG.
Based on the EPUB Adaptive Layout implementation, making a CSS Paged Media implementation
2018, new open source organization, Viviostyle Foundation
In March 2018, the company that had been developing Viviostyle decided to discontinue open source and change its name and brand, and continue only commercially licensed versions (see Trim-marks Inc.). As for the maintenance of Vivliostyle open source, the founder Murakami took over, and for that purpose Vivliostyle Foundation was established.
- A New Beginning for Vivliostyle
- On Vivliostyle and webbased publishing — Interview by Fidus Writer
- Vivliostyle version 2019.8.100 released! Now written in TypeScript