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Old 01-25-2011, 08:51 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by diamante View Post
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So, they are called soft scene breaks. I'd like to put in a respectful request for support for them in eReader input. ...
I've noticed these scene breaks for years in eReader e-books but just thought of them as three centered asterisks until I checked yesterday and found that they are handled differently in different eReader versions. ...
I've found both what I think of as "soft" scene breaks (extra blank space) and "hard" scene breaks (extra space with an ornament, three asterisks, or horizontal rule) in books. Usually a book uses one style or the other, but I've seen the occasional book, both printed and ebook, that use both, one indicating a small jump and the other a larger one.

When massaging ebook files I habitually replace the old text convention (***) with a horizontal rule (25% width is my preference) and make sure that there is a non-breaking space in the "soft" scene breaks if they are done with simple paragraph tags (<p>, I replace any <p></p> pairs with <p>&nbsp</p>) instead of a CSS style. I haven't encountered it myself, but I've read that some ereader software ignore empty paragraphs and therefore don't display the extra blank space when a simple <p></p> pair is used.
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