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Old 12-20-2011, 01:29 PM   #1
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Page blank before and after book image page

Hello - First time epub writer. I have a manuscript that has 2 html pages: Cover.html and book.html

When I just create an epub from the book, all is fine but I want the first page to be the cover image. So my content.opf looks like the text below, but there is always a blank page on page 1 then the image appears on page 2 than another blank page before the book starts. Seems like the cover.html page is inserting page breaks before and after that html loads. Is there anyway to stop this?

This is the content.opf file. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" standalone="yes"?>
<package xmlns="http://www.idpf.org/2007/opf" unique-identifier="BookID" version="2.0">
<metadata xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlnspf="http://www.idpf.org/2007/opf">
<dc:identifier id="BookID" opf:scheme="UUID">b778c5ff-6a7f-406b-ae4a-62a1b1b72634</dc:identifier>
<dc:title>book title1</dc:title>
<dc:identifier opf:scheme="ISBN"></dc:identifier>
<dc:subject>Science Fiction&amp;Fantasy</dc:subject>
<dc:creator opf:role="aut">aaa</dc:creator>
<dc:description>test</dc:description>
<dcublisher>aaai</dcublisher>
<dc:date opf:event="publication">2011-12-20</dc:date>
<dc:language>en</dc:language>
<meta name="cover" content="CoverImage.jpg" />
<meta content="0.4.903" name="Sigil version" />
</metadata>
<manifest>
<item href="toc.ncx" id="ncx" media-type="application/x-dtbncx+xml" />
<item href="Images/CoverImage.jpg" id="CoverImage.jpg" media-type="image/jpeg" />
<item href="Text/CoverPage.html" id="CoverPage.html" media-type="application/xhtml+xml" />
<item href="Text/book.htm" id="book.htm" media-type="application/xhtml+xml" />
</manifest>
<spine toc="ncx">
<itemref idref="CoverPage.html" />
<itemref idref="book.htm" />
</spine>
<guide>
<reference href="Text/CoverPage.html" title="Cover" type="cover" />
</guide>
</package>

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Old 12-20-2011, 01:36 PM   #2
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Nothing strange leaps our with that OPF

Your image WITH MARGINS AND PADDING may be larger than the screen.
that will cause new pages on both sides.
Blank lines, (Even non-printing) Headings are another cause.
Codeview is King

Please show the Code from after </head>
And the CSS stylessheet
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:04 PM   #3
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That makes sense about the image size being too big. It's 1035x1600 pixels

Here is the code in the Cover.html page

<?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">
<head>
<title>cover</title>
</head>

<body>
<img alt="" height="100%" src="../Images/CoverImage.jpg" width="100%" />
</body>
</html>
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:31 PM   #4
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Ok.. I played around with the width on the img tag. The Ipad seems to like 90%. Now I have to test it on the Ipod Touch and other devices. Not sure how to ensure that the image fits (displays) on all devices correctly... :-(
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:00 PM   #5
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That makes sense about the image size being too big. It's 1035x1600 pixels

Here is the code in the Cover.html page

<?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">
<head>
<title>cover</title>
</head>

<body>
<img alt="" height="100%" src="../Images/CoverImage.jpg" width="100%" />
</body>
</html>
You have no style assigned
Youse gets what the reading device defaults to(not always 0)

IMHO A minimum style controls borders, padding and margins (even if the are forced to 0)
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I have the style in the Book.html file

body {
margin: 0in 13.5pt ;
font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Bookman Old Style", "serif";
text-align: left;
ont-weight:normal;
}
h1{
text-align: center;
font-size: 16pt;
font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";
margin-top: 10px;
margin-right: 5px;
page-break-before:always;
margin-bottom: 20px; margin-left: 6px
}
p {
font-weight:normal;
}
span.sgc-7 {font-style: italic;}
div.sgc-6 {text-align: left}
span.sgc-5 {font-family: Arial,sans-serif;}
table.sgc-4 {border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 255); width: 100%; text-align: center; margin-right: auto; font-weight: bold;}
div.sgc-3 {text-align: center;}
div.sgc-2 {text-align: left;}
big.sgc-1 {font-weight: bold}

p.sgc-8 {font-weight:normal}
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I have the style in the Book.html file

body {
margin: 0in 13.5pt ;
font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Bookman Old Style", "serif";
text-align: left;
ont-weight:normal;
}
h1{
text-align: center;
font-size: 16pt;
font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";
margin-top: 10px;
margin-right: 5px;
page-break-before:always;
margin-bottom: 20px; margin-left: 6px
}
p {
font-weight:normal;
}
span.sgc-7 {font-style: italic;}
div.sgc-6 {text-align: left}
span.sgc-5 {font-family: Arial,sans-serif;}
table.sgc-4 {border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 255); width: 100%; text-align: center; margin-right: auto; font-weight: bold;}
div.sgc-3 {text-align: center;}
div.sgc-2 {text-align: left;}
big.sgc-1 {font-weight: bold}

p.sgc-8 {font-weight:normal}
Run Flightcrew against your book.
I don't think a nekid' <img will pass
Your browser/reader is helping

You only have body margins, no P margins set.
add margin: 0 to your P style
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I have the style in the Book.html file

body {
margin: 0in 13.5pt ;
font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Bookman Old Style", "serif";
text-align: left;
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Unrelated, but you missed the effin font

'f' in font.
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Unrelated, but you missed the effin font

'f' in font.

ADE will ignore the whole body style over that one.
ADE is intolerant of errors
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ADE will ignore the whole body style over that one.
ADE is intolerant of errors
If that's the case, then ADE is just buggy and non-compliant. The CSS spec says unknown properties should just be ignored, they are a mistake of the creator, but don't make the stylesheet invalid.

A different situation is if you forget a colon or semicolon, or write "1.2fm" instead of "1.2em"...
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If that's the case, then ADE is just buggy and non-compliant. The CSS spec says unknown properties should just be ignored, they are a mistake of the creator, but don't make the stylesheet invalid.

A different situation is if you forget a colon or semicolon, or write "1.2fm" instead of "1.2em"...
Just the tag, not the whole stylesheet gets ignored. A typo, anywhere within the selector , seems to trigger this.
But in some case, who can tell An early class in a cascade goes south and lots of things go into left field
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