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Old 10-09-2011, 06:15 AM   #1
joesh
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Want to add Screenplay format knowledge to Calibre

Hi Folks
I'm new to Calibre and so far am impressed with all that it can do. I'd like to read screenplays on my eReader (a Nook) and have found several threads talking about this but no good solutions that preserve the simple but important formatting.

I'm interested in adding some knowledge of screenplay formatting rules to Calibre so it can carry forward the important formatting bits into converted docs.

I've read http://manual.calibre-ebook.com/develop.html and it suggests that I post here for both help in getting up to speed on the codebase and for advice on how to approach a problem and where in the code it should go.

A bit more about what I'm trying to do: first, I hear you when you say PDF is a poor source format. Yet PDF is the most likely format in which a screenplay exists. A far second is formatted text.

The important bits of screenplay format are pretty much just:


Code:
ONE UPCASED LINE ABOUT THE SCENE SETTING

An arbitrary amount of text describing setting or action. Often mentions a character like PRODUCER whose dialog will appear below:

                                PRODUCER
                           (wringing his hands)
              Why is it so hard to get my screenplays to look good
              on my new eReader?!
That's the meat of it. Can you help? Thanks!
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