it is getting close! orders for the
One Laptop Per Child computer, now officially called the will start soon. from november 12 to november 26 you can order two laptops, one will go to somewhere where it is needed, and the other one will go to you. i will do that.
one interesting fact is that the device supposedly will be used for textbooks. so this hopefully will be another push for better supporting e-books on web-based devices. PDF should not be the way to go, even though the evince document reader will be available and should work with PDF. my hope is that the browser (which is based on xulrunner) will be good enough to support HTML textbooks and other educational content.
using web content rather that PDF would make so much more sense on a device targeted for educational use. it would better support integration into existing resources, and well-designed web content will work better on an interactive device than the print-oriented PDF.
and maybe this will even wake up the W3C CSS working group to finally start thinking about e-books. currently, they don't even have requirements specs, but if they had, these would not include interactive paged content (a.k.a. e-books). CSS thinking right now exclusively revolves around scrollable pages and how to print them. maybe the XO Laptop can change this?