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Old 06-30-2011, 12:23 PM   #1
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Hi developer
Im from Argentina and been online for more than 10 years know building websites and know html and asp at an intermediate level (Beware that I am a personal fitness trainer and after an accident I turned to online activities to make a living...).
As Im new to Sigil Ive read the tutorial and played a little bit with the application. I find if very useful but I seem to be a bit short to get all the pieces missing.

My aim is to solve all matters related to compiling to digital formats all books that an Argentinian Press Company is sending to printing.

They are at the time uploading files to Amazon on one hand, and to other platforms that support .ePub. I started to study the format of Amazon but it really worn me and so I changed focus to get the .ePub format going first.
On this first instance Im trying to get a decent and well finished digital book on ePub format as a test, to get their trust and keep working for them. I did one but with some issues to solve when it comes to running on a Kindle Previewer. And also I want to know other doubts I have.

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The 4 issues I need to solve are (from basic to advanced) the following.
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-[1] ¿Should I copy paste the information from a '.doc' file to Sigil text tabs or copy the information from ".doc" file to a txt file, (-loose all edditing-) and then paste it to Sigil Text Tabs?
I copy paste and this code <p class="MsoNormal sgc-43"> keeps appearing and I think mso stands for Microsoft. Or I'm mistaken?

-[2] Is it worth to get a stylish letter Type as for example 'Constantia' Type in the ePub format digital book?
2.1 If it is posible, should I import the Type? or just dont worry about it and turn to Times N R, Arial, Verdana or the like?

-[3] Should I build a css file on my own as I do it when I build websites? How do I upload it to the Styles directory in SIGIL?

-[4] When I see the ePub file I created in the Kindle Previewer on my PC, thought it is 'viewable' it shows that both files NCX and TOC are wrongly built. I built the TOC correctly with SIGIL. I understood how to apply PageBreaks and Headings code from 1 to 6. Where should I built this two files and where I should upload them within the SIGIL application and how?

Thank you so much and Im open to talk on a Skype, call you wherever you are or of course read down here explanations or tips on how to solve this inical issues I came across.

If you can send me a file that I could open in SIGIL and see it correctly created with Styles, Toc and NCX file as a model so to be, It would be great!!!!

Thanks
TEO from argentina
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Old 07-01-2011, 01:20 PM   #2
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A Sigil relevant Poll?

Sigil has no control (or license to include fonts) of what fonts you choose.
Sigil allows any 'proper' stylesheet. Go for it

Files,fonts are added via right click in the book browser.
IMHO adding images: it is easier to place the Image into the page using the Image place tool. (the image file will be imported to the Images section).
If you add via the Book Browser, then you need to hand code the points of usage.
Sigil has no provision for an 'inline' Contents page.
Sigil 3.x builds a TOC into the NCX file from h# tags (with a provision to hide some tag from the TOC (press f7 and untick)
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doc files are a pain from word. It is better to use something like OpenOffice to bring up the doc file and then save as html for importing into Sigil. Or if you like there is a macro for OpenOffice that can create an ePub directly that you can then edit in Sigil if you wish. It is also in our forums and is called Writer2ePub.

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Hi

Another OpenOffice extension is writer2xhtml which allows you to export directly to EPUB from an odt file.

It enjoys very complete capabilities for text, tables, notes, images, stylesheets and more...
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