View Full Version : Some HTML Mobipocket desktop/Cybook questions


AlexBell
08-25-2008, 12:14 AM
I'm working on the second book I want to put into Mobipocket format from text.

Perhaps because I maintain a couple of website I prefer to put the text into HTML and then run it through Mobipocket Creator rather than use Book Designer.

I've done an early partial draft of the book, put it through Mobipocket Creator, and read the result with Mobipocket Reader on my desktop and on my Cybook. It seems to me that there are subtle but important differences between the two. Amongst other things the kludge I am using for indented text works well on the desktop reader version, but on the Cybook version it is indented much too far; about a third of the page.

Also, h2 headings appear larger than h3 headings, as of course they should, but they also appear noticeably 'thinner' -- as though the h3 headings have been bolded.

My questions are
- Is there indeed a difference between the Mobipocket Reader for desktops and the reader for Cybook Gen3?
- Is there an effective (preferably non-kludge) way of getting indented text on the Cybook which is not too much indented?
- Is there an effective way of having headings of various sizes but the same body weight?
- What's a good book on typesetting (eg use of em dashes, centering titles)?

Regards, Alex

Jellby
08-25-2008, 04:11 AM
- Is there indeed a difference between the Mobipocket Reader for desktops and the reader for Cybook Gen3?

Probably. I noticed the desktop version has better table support, and it also supports the ALIGN="poetry" attribute.

- Is there an effective (preferably non-kludge) way of getting indented text on the Cybook which is not too much indented?

Just using <P>...</P> will give a default indentation in the first line and some space above. The indent amount can be changed with WIDTH=... and the vertical space with HEIGHT=...

Have a look here (http://www.mobipocket.com/dev/article.asp?BaseFolder=prcgen&File=justification.htm) (and other sections).

- Is there an effective way of having headings of various sizes but the same body weight?

I think you can use <FONT SIZE="+1"> and the like. I like to use just plain <HX>, adding <B> and <I> when needed.

AlexBell
08-26-2008, 11:07 PM
Thanks, Jelby. That's most helpful.

Regards, Alex