The object publishing difference
Elepub is the first true object database publishing software. This alone and the pratical consequences deriving therefrom account for the substantial differences between Elepub and conventional DTP or database publishing solutions. Object publishing is the next generation beyond database publishing.
What this pratically means is explained in short on this page. Here you find the most important aspects of how Elepub Object Publishing differs from conventional database publishing. You will quickly see the conceptual differences and the substantial advantages deriving from them.
First you find a short list of the subjects and facts, which are explained in more detail and by many graphics on the pages accessible via the left menu.
Formatted database pages
Elepub pages consist of database content formatted by using frame objects inherited from a central object repository. A datum on a page really is the datum in the database! It is the data in the database and not data from or copies of the database - and that is the most important difference!
Inheriting objects from an ancestor genealogy
In Elepub objects like frames and content values are inherited from mother objects grouped in a muilti-level ancestor genealogy. Inheriting is by far superior to copying! Elepub is designed fully object-oriented and this inheritance of application data results in substantial benefits for the user.
Re-usable 3D object structures
Elepub pages are composed from instances of re-usable three-dimensional object structures in the true sense of object-orientation. These objects inherit their attributes and values from mother objects, which are typically stored in an object repository.
Page objects unite content, format and behaviour
Elepub pages components like frames, lines etc. are 3D objects (in the true object-oriented sense) uniting
- content: the published data from the database
- format: the format of visualization similar to conventional DTP
- behaviour: an object's actions and responses when used in electronic publications or applications like Elecat.
The fully and truely object-oriented nature of Elepub constructs highly flexible and intelligent page structures, which can be converted or exported into virtually any desired format including the data formats of various conventional DTP products like QuarkXpress, InDesign or Framemaker.