I have a title page. It says, out in the real world, "Castle Falcon by Tom Alan Brosz." That's all that's on that page.
This is what that single page (part0000_split_000.html) looks like in code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" standalone="no"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN"
<link href="../Styles/stylesheet.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
<link href="../Styles/page_styles.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
<div class="calibre1 calibre1" id="castle-falcon-9-5-epub-2012-05-24">
<p class="title">Castle Falcon</p>
<p class="subtitle">Tom Alan Brosz</p>
<p class="title-139877-0-override"><span class="no-style-override"> </span></p>
<p class="calibre2" id="calibre_pb_0"></p>
No doubt some of that is noise. Some is certainly just comments or labels. Notice the "calibre" throughout. Which parts are doing useful work and which aren't? God knows. The point is I don't have the time
to learn to program a book format at the code level if I can do it any other way to get a working result.
My current file reads properly using the PubIt preview, Nook for PC, Adobe Digital Editions, and Calibre's own viewers. If there's extra stuff in there, I'm not going to worry about it until it actually creates a problem.
If my job was formatting e-books for people, it would be a different story. But I've got my book out, and now I have to work on finishing the next one. On Microsoft Word. I really like WYSIWYG. I'm old enough to remember using Electric Pencil.
Don't get me wrong. Your advice and help are still greatly appreciated.