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Old 09-17-2012, 09:46 AM   #1
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Font size won't change

Hi.

I created an epub with Sigil. When I open it in Mantano, it's impossible to change the font or the font size.

I read somewhere that if you want to keep text formatting (italics, colored letters...), you can't copy a text and paste it in Sigil. First you have to save the text in html and then open it in Sigil. That's what I did.

I wrote a text in Microsoft Word, saved it as html, opened the html with Sigil, edited and saved it as epub. When I open it with Mantano, the text formatting was preserved, but it uses the same font Word used. I can't change it.
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Probably there's some CSS that's setting a fixed font size. Remove it.
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If you export in (filtered) html from Word, all font sizes are in pt. That breaks the resize options. You really need to clean the HTML from Word and create font sizes in em or percentages.
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You really need to clean the HTML from Word and create font sizes in em or percentages.
Does it mean I'll loose all the italics and colored letters?
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Not if you clean right... Colored letters might be, but those can easily fixes by your own stylesheet. I never use colored letters, my devices are B/W.
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I suggest you learn the basics of CSS and HTML (it's very easy), and you'll know what you can and cannot remove.

Briefly, if the style says a piece of text is "Arial, 14pt, blue, bold", it's fixing the properties, and you generally cannot change them on the fly. Remove the "14pt" part and the size will be the default one, which lets you change it in the reader. It will still be blue and bold.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:06 AM   #7
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If you want to get readable information onto an ebook reading device, the various "conversion" methods can be useful. But if you want control over layout, you really have to strip everything, dump plain text into Sigil and TAKE full control.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:31 AM   #8
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I would not go so far as use plain text, at least in the beginning. Just do a search for references to font size and face and eliminate them and save it with a new file name and see if you like the result. Just keep changing, always working with a copy, until you are happy with the result.

You can check out this website: http://www.w3schools.com/css/
to learn about CSS and html in general to get an idea of how things work.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:14 AM   #9
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I would never go the plain text route unless the source styling has been destroyed by discarding or substituting (the wrong) CSS.

Reverse engineer what you have. The Code inspector in Book View will help decode the style Cascades you need to look at.
I use 'free CSS Toolbox' (the installer loads a lot of buy these favorites , which is why I don't make this a link) to sort my stylesheet to make finding a selector easier.
Learn basic CSS.. Think Contained boxes (Each outer box can affect an inner box, so start there)
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Does it mean I'll loose all the italics and colored letters?
I finally did it.
I wrote the text in Dreamweaver, saved as html and opened the html in Sigil.
Now all the italics and colored letters were preserved in the epub and I can change the font size using the e-reader options.

But now I have another problem. The cover book is perfect on my 10' tablet, but when I open it on a 7' screeen, the cover does not fit.

This is the code of the xhtml containing the cover image. What must I include so that the image always fits perfectly, no matter the size of the e-reader screen?

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" standalone="no"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/DTD/xhtml11.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" xmlns:xml="http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace">
<head>
<title>Cover</title>
<style type="text/css">
/*<![CDATA[*/

@page {padding: 0pt; margin:0pt}
body { text-align: center; padding:0pt; margin: 0pt; }
/*]]>*/
</style>
</head>

<body>
<div>
<img alt="" src="../Images/cover.jpg" /><br />
</div>
</body>
</html>
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