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Blessings2all
02-28-2013, 11:39 AM
I want to publish some poetry. However, epub strips out all tabs and spacing. How can I format my epub books so that they keep the tabs and spacing I want? I have InDesign CS5.

Toxaris
02-28-2013, 12:49 PM
You have to format it in the CSS styling. No idea how that works in Indesign.

Jellby
02-28-2013, 02:02 PM
For the CSS, you could look here (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46448#4).

Blessings2all
02-28-2013, 07:44 PM
Thanks @Jellby. That is a big help. By the way, which program do you all use for changing the code in your epub files?

Elfwreck
02-28-2013, 08:01 PM
Couple of links about formatting poetry for epub:

Formatting a Tail for EPUB: Concrete Poetry and Varying Screen Width (http://blog.epubbooks.com/1111/formatting-a-tail-for-epub-concrete-poetry-and-varying-screen-width) uses the classic Mouse’s Tale poem.

Formatting Poetry for EPUB and Small Devices (http://blog.epubbooks.com/898/formatting-poetry-for-small-screens) shows how poetry displays with a few different settings, and how to apply   instead of spaces between some words to make sure that if the lines break, they break where you want them to.

Toxaris
03-01-2013, 03:23 AM
Thanks @Jellby. That is a big help. By the way, which program do you all use for changing the code in your epub files?

Most use Sigil.

Jellby
03-01-2013, 05:24 AM
I use vim (a text editor, much like Notepad or UltraEdit).