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Old 05-25-2011, 05:13 AM   #1
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small caps

if I use INDD to create an epub, the small caps show well on ipad.
BUT it do not work on Adobe Digital Editions.

BUT my book has 40 headers for every chapter, all of them are caps and small caps.

Who can tell me a easy way to get small caps show well both in ipad and ADE?

I do not want to write <span>ABC</span> for every small caps in Dreamweaver. crying crying

begging,
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Old 05-25-2011, 05:53 AM   #2
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Hello

This is a tricky field.

ADE requires true small caps and does not recognize emulated small caps.

The usual (MS) fonts lack a true small cap font though. So, if you want to add true small caps, you should consider using embedded fonts. But some e-readers don't recognize embedded fonts. A catch 22 problem...

If your headers have small caps, they should be recognized as such but you must give them in the CSS stylesheet not only a font-variant:small-caps but mainly a font-family with small-caps support. The span element is required only for text within a paragraph.

Now that I have been pretty unclear, I let you consider one EPUB like the joint one. It makes use of embedded fonts, small-caps for titles and part of text. Could be an example of what I meant to say.

Bon courage.

I cooked this EPUB with writer2xhtml (short is W2X) and Sigil.
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If you have a small cap style applied in ID.
Then you can open the xhtml files in textwrangler or another editor which does regular expressions (GREP)
search for what ever the line is, for example:

<p class="bodytext"><span class="smallcaps">This is the small caps</span>and this is the rest of the paragraph text</p>

Find/change in text editor
Find
<span class="smallcaps">(.*?)</span>
Replace
<span class="smallcaps">\U\1\l</span>

Then in your css you just need the
span.smallcaps{
font-size: 85%
}

This method "fakes" small caps by making the type uppercase but smaller
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Old 05-25-2011, 06:35 AM   #4
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The trick proposed by Adjust could be done in CSS with:

Code:
span.smallcaps{
  text-transform: uppercase;
  font-size: 85%
}
if "text-transform" was included in the ePUB spec, which it is not. The drawback is that you can't easily code MIXED SIZE SMALL CAPS.
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Old 05-25-2011, 08:35 AM   #5
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Hi

I took a lot of my science about this from
http://blog.hypsometry.com/articles/...ith-font-face/

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The trick proposed by Adjust could be done in CSS with:

Code:
span.smallcaps{
  text-transform: uppercase;
  font-size: 85%
}
if "text-transform" was included in the ePUB spec, which it is not. The drawback is that you can't easily code MIXED SIZE SMALL CAPS.
Using the text-transform:uppercase DOES NOT work in Adobe Digital Editions, or desktop Kindle viewer.

Only works in iBooks

This is why I use my method.
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:32 AM   #7
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Using the text-transform:uppercase DOES NOT work in Adobe Digital Editions, or desktop Kindle viewer.
I know, "text-transform" is not in the spec, and you can count on it being supported anywhere. I just say that it would be fine (but not perfect yet) if it worked.
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Ah, ok. I misread your post, apologies
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If you want the best possible small caps, find a good body font family that also has a small caps variety and use them.
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If you want the best possible small caps, find a good body font family that also has a small caps variety and use them.
Find a good FREE font family that also has small caps and use them.

1.5 Embedding of the Font Software into electronic documents or Internet pages is only permitted under the absolute assurance that the recipient cannot use the Font Software to edit or create a new document (read-only). It must be ensured that the Font Software cannot be fully or partially extracted from said documents.

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As for a free pd font with all caps, I use garava font from aimwell.org. Google garava font. It's a very comprehensive font family with several varations including smallcaps.
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Wow, I think a wall of that font would be hard to read, the serifs are very fine...
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As for a free pd font with all caps, I use garava font from aimwell.org. Google garava font. It's a very comprehensive font family with several varations including smallcaps.
Charis SIL is the font that most publishers use when they embed a font. Charis SIL has small caps built in, but ADE cannot access them. But using SIL TypeTuner, you can create a small caps version by extracting the small caps from the SIL font.
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Find a good FREE font family that also has small caps and use them.

1.5 Embedding of the Font Software into electronic documents or Internet pages is only permitted under the absolute assurance that the recipient cannot use the Font Software to edit or create a new document (read-only). It must be ensured that the Font Software cannot be fully or partially extracted from said documents.

http://www.linotype.com/2061-28225/l...otypeeula.html
It is possible to encrypt fonts (obfuscate) in the folder to prevent their use by simply extracting them. Actually is is not really DRM but it passes the test identified above. ADE supports this but uses a slightly different scheme that the standard.

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Yeah, even still, I'm not comfortable encrypting licensed fonts for inclusion for commercial products.

I actually know someone in my industry who got a visit by the font police...
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