Nowadays, electronic publishing of documents is so widespread that it has almost become an unavoidable requirement of any project. However, not everyone who needs to publish is, or even wishes to be, an Information Technology (IT) expert. The "Vade-mecum of Multimedia Publication", hereafter "Vade-mecum" has been designed as a reference tool, a guide to good practise, for personnel of the European institutions, contributors and contractors who wish to publish electronically. Before discussing the more technical aspects, three topics must be addressed:
The Vade-mecum addresses all aspects of electronic publishing, from the pure organisational and decision-making point of view (for example which type of publication is most suitable for a particular project), to the definition of the structure of the publication to be produced, to more technical aspects (for example the choice of the browser or of a particular multimedia element, video or audio or both, and their memory consumption).Technology on which electronic publishing is based is only briefly described throughout the various chapters of the Vade-mecum but lists of official sources of information are provided as direct links. The reader is invited to visit the original sources of information for more details.
Observing the guidelines provided in this document is easy and straightforward. The observation of these basic stylistic recommendations will contribute to the spread of a homogeneous and uniform style for writing and presenting European Institutions documents.