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Old 03-10-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Question sigil_split_marker and other CSS definitions; where are they?

First of all, thanks for producing Sigil; top-notch, *outstanding* piece of software that has SAVED my Pages-to-(epub to)-Kindle revision process.

Just wondering, when editing an already produced epub (e.g., exported from Pages or the like), I tried inserting a page split marker, and I get the line

Code:
<hr class="sigil_split_marker" />
Yet no CSS definition for it. No external file was created, no inline CSS was added to the xhtml file I added the line to, and no CSS was added to my externally linked stylesheet for this document (which happens to be ../Styles/book.css). As a side note, using the Create HTML Table of Contents command worked beautifully and *did* create a ../Styles/sgc-toc.css file with the appropriate styles.

Thanks for any help you can provide!
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:34 PM   #2
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It is an internal class for Sigil. You can use it to split a file into separate files, where the split is at the marker. So, there is no style definition for it.
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It is an internal class for Sigil. You can use it to split a file into separate files, where the split is at the marker. So, there is no style definition for it.
Thanks for the tip.

When I saved the epub with that <hr> tag, it didn't split that file. Is this part of a larger series of steps? I guess what I was really looking for, was the answer to the "single page break definition" I've heard an epub can have, that is separate from a chapter break/new file. That is, a Page Break, in word processor terminology. Does this do anything along that line or is it completely different?
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Use edit, split at markers.

Page breaks can be inserted as css or style commands. You can check out http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/pr_print_pageba.asp, for one. They don't always work as expected (like what else is new?) And if the page is resized, you end up with a break where you may not want it.

If you gotta have page breaks and are into formatting, you are probably more into PDFs, where everything is fixed, rather than epubs where darn little is fixed, and is designed to reflow based on resizing the page when the user presses the S, M, L button.

From what I understand, not being a Kindle guy, not all of the epub stuff translates especially for the earlier Kindles.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:24 PM   #5
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The CSS page-break-(before|after) attributes will be honored when converting an ePub using Kindle(gen|Previewer).

HTML
Code:
<div class="page_break"></div>
CSS
Code:
.page_break {
  page-break-before: always;
}
Most epub readers should honor it (no guarantees), but some readers may not honor the margin-top property assigned to such a page-break element. The technique is often used to give footnotes their own "page" even though all the footnotes are part of one html file.
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@rceee, if you just want to split one HTML file into several files (which may coincide with different chapters, or not, that's up to you), after inserting the split markers you must use Edit→Split At Markers.

You can find detailed instructions for this (and all the other Sigil features) in the User guide:
http://web.sigil.googlecode.com/git/...d_merging.html
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First of all, thanks for producing Sigil; top-notch, *outstanding* piece of software that has SAVED my Pages-to-(epub to)-Kindle revision process.

Just wondering, when editing an already produced epub (e.g., exported from Pages or the like), I tried inserting a page split marker, and I get the line

Code:
<hr class="sigil_split_marker" />
Yet no CSS definition for it. No external file was created, no inline CSS was added to the xhtml file I added the line to, and no CSS was added to my externally linked stylesheet for this document (which happens to be ../Styles/book.css). As a side note, using the Create HTML Table of Contents command worked beautifully and *did* create a ../Styles/sgc-toc.css file with the appropriate styles.

Thanks for any help you can provide!
It is used as a Marker for a future Split (which manually launched when you are ready: F6 is the keystroke).

The split marker is also handy when you want to ADD it to the file(s) via a Search and replace for later use.

Typical S&R usage:
Code:
<p class="foo">CHAPTER (\d+)</p>

<hr class="sigil_split_marker" /><h3 class="chapno">CHAPTER \1</h3>
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