View Full Version : InDesign to ePub: Preflight question about "char width"


mtrahan
03-28-2013, 11:38 AM
Hi guys,

I'm working on a 300 pages book that is a disaster in InDesign: the guy who made the print version barely used any style. That means, yes, that I have to do correctly the formatting all over again to get a decent ePub export. I finished that annoying part. Usually, at this point, I use Preflight to spot all the manual overrides in a document. The profile I use is supposed to ignore kerning and tracking overrides. But, I still end up with 971 errors spotted by Preflight, and almost all of them say: "(char width: 97%; tracking: -10)".

I'm using InDesign CS6, by the way. And I'm kind of an InDesign n00b: I usually try to get out of it as quickly as possible and work directly in the ePub.

So my question is: what is this "char width: 97%" thingy? Is there any way for me to remove this for the whole book at once? That way I could get Preflight errors down to under 100 and finally be able to see the real errors I gotta do something about.

Thanks in advance,

Michael

JSWolf
03-28-2013, 11:39 AM
Easiest solution (IMHO) is to expert the book (as is) to an ePub and work with the ePub.

mtrahan
03-28-2013, 12:14 PM
You mean exporting the manual overrides aswell? Usually I export the ePub WITHOUT the manual overrides to get a cleaner ePub, that's why I try to remove all the overrides first. I check them one by one, because sometimes the guy who makes the print version did manual italic formatting, or superscript or things like this and only way I can spot them is Preflight.

I could try to export it with the overrides and see what it looks like.

amyg
03-28-2013, 02:30 PM
How about do a global search/replace for 97% char width. To do that, go to the Find/Change dialog box (Cmd or Ctrl F) and click the icon to the right of the Find Format field. A dialog box will open letting you select the format attributes you are looking for. From the Advanced Character Formats tab, Put 97% in the Horizontal Scale field. Then in the Change Format, make that same attribute 100%. If you want to also remove the tracking, that's on the Basic Character Formats tab. Then click Change All.

Save a copy first just in case.

mtrahan
03-28-2013, 02:42 PM
How about do a global search/replace for 97% char width. To do that, go to the Find/Change dialog box (Cmd or Ctrl F) and click the icon to the right of the Find Format field. A dialog box will open letting you select the format attributes you are looking for. From the Advanced Character Formats tab, Put 97% in the Horizontal Scale field. Then in the Change Format, make that same attribute 100%. If you want to also remove the tracking, that's on the Basic Character Formats tab. Then click Change All.

Save a copy first just in case.

That's it! Exactly what I was looking for! I just tested this solution and it worked perfectly. Thanks a lot.