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Old 02-17-2011, 02:34 PM   #1
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Diagram display in ebooks

I am a total newbie in ebooks, so I am not sure even where to put my query. Sorry!

I have an Open Office book, which I have converted to XHTML 1.0, using the Open Office Writer2XHTML extension. I process that using Sigil, and display the result using Calibre. The text looks pretty good, but the diagrams are all over the place - sometimes they are over on the right and rather small, sometimes centred and decent size. I would appreciate it very much if someone could suggest where to make changes, e.g. would be better to left-justify all diagrams, or maybe there is some attribute that should not be left automatic...? Any idea what is happening? TIA
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:14 PM   #2
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I don't know whether this will be any help. I convert raw HTML to EPUB all the time. I use Calibre only (not Sigil).

In the HTML I make sure my <img> tag is enclosed in <p>...</p> tags and that I don't have any height or width attributes set in the <img> tag. So a typical image would look like this in the HTML:
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<p class="aligncentre"><img alt="c01" src="images/c01.jpg"/></p>
with this as the relevant bit of CSS:
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.aligncentre {text-align:center; text-indent:0}
Edit: I wouldn't think it would matter whether your image was aligned left, right or center in the CSS.

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Old 02-17-2011, 04:31 PM   #3
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Open office Writer has an epub plugin. Have you tried expoting an epub with that?
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:17 PM   #4
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Thanks, Perkin. I tried downloading writer2epub extension and it just seems to hang my machine! I had to bring the whole machine down!

Jackie_w, sorry, how do I feed html to Calibre? Should I put it in a zip file first? I was using Sigil to chop the book up into chapters - do I not need to do that?

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Jackie_w, sorry, how do I feed html to Calibre? Should I put it in a zip file first? I was using Sigil to chop the book up into chapters - do I not need to do that?
Thanks...
Just drag the HTML file onto the Calibre Library window. It will automatically zip up the HTML file with any associated images and css as part of the import process.

Chapter detection is a subject with a lot of opinion and different ways of doing things. It is done as part of the Calibre conversion process (Convert - Structure Detection and - TOC and can be configured to suit your HTML). How well or easily it does it depends on your source HTML.

For example, if all your chapters are nicely tagged with heading tags (<h1>, <h2>, ... etc) in the source HTML then Calibre will create a flawless TOC with very little effort (I believe this is what Sigil does).

At the other end of the scale if your HTML tagging of chapters is all over the place or non-existent, all is still not lost. Convert - Heuristic Processing, if you enable it, has many tricks for trying to 'figure out' where new chapters start. Personnally I go for correct tagging in the source HTML, but many others find the Heuristic Processing easier because they don't know how to edit HTML themselves.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:31 PM   #6
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... one further thing... I use MSWord rather than Open Office to create the HTML source. If I want to make sure that titles and chapters are nicely tagged with <h1> and <h2> etc tags then I style the titles and chapter headings with the built-in Word styles 'Heading 1', 'Heading 2' etc. I don't know whether this will work for you in Open Office but it's worth a try. It may save you lots of time and effort.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:33 PM   #7
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Thanks Jackie_w, it's starting to look very good! And OOo's chapters and TOC are handled perfectly!

The only thing that isn't quite right is the cross-referencing. When I reference a page number using OOo's cross-reference function, it displays as a blue "1", but when I click on it, it jumps to the right place! This is apparently a problem with the OOo to HTML conversion - the simplest thing is probably to change the '1's to something non-specific, like "here". Has anyone run into this - and maybe has a better idea? Thanks again, Jackie_w!
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Cross-referencing isn't something I do much of, but I have a vague memory that if using ids/names in link references (<a id=...>...</a>) then ids/names must begin with an alpha character not a digit. Might this be the problem?
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Thanks, Jackie_w, that wasn't it. I think it's just some logic missing from the OOo->html converter. I have tried replacing the '1's by 'here', and it doesn't look to bad, but I may try to get a bit fancier. BTW The Seamonkey editor doesn't seem to like multiple reference targets in one place, and was dropping the targets of my cross-references, so I switched to Jujuedit. I just thought someone might have run into that problem! Thanks for all your help!
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