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Old 03-18-2013, 10:10 PM   #16
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I can't really argue on your points. If I was trying to sell my books, I would indeed have chosen another path and tried to meet the needs of the largest reading audience. No question about that.

Feeling no pressure...

It happens that I publish non-commercial EPUBs, so I feel no pressure for two reasons:

1 - As far as I can see, the situation is not too bad: for the time being, I already provide a fallout solution. The Kobo displays the six inch PDF exactly the way I intended - Too bad for the unlucky Kobo Mini users...

2 - These books will be here for a long time because they are classical books. They will not be out of fashion next year, they are already out of fashion. And dropcaps have been around for centuries. They will survive this period.

Meanwhile, the current technical limitations of the Kobo will very probably not be eternal.

As an example, remember some years ago, people said:" if you publish for the IPAD, you cannot embed fonts." Well, Apple changed its mind. Currently it seems IPADs (or better said iBooks) does not seem to display nnbsp. Should we stop using them for this reason? This situation can change overnight.

Look for fonts: not long ago, people argued that, for ebook readers, we should discard the old print fonts and switch to web optimized fonts (like Georgia), for hard fact reasons. Now, people begin to realize that old fonts can also be used because the screen resolution on nearly all devices has been vastly increased. I also enjoy using Garamond on my - 213 ppi - Kobo screen.

These considerations apply also for dropcaps. This is a philosophical question, not a technical one...

... but looking for a solution

If I feel no pressure, it does not mean that I do not care about how easily the reader can read them now. It happens that I have just been aware of this Kobo dropcap problem for some days (I bought a Kobo Glo) and I am looking for a solution.

I already have to discard one solution proposed above: I will not use only one single font for body and dropcaps for a plain reason: I tried it already, and the resulting display is not nice nor elegant. The Linux Libertine Display font has been optimized for the display of big size characters but it's much too light-weight to be used for regular display. It would be a pity not to use it for what it has been intended for.

Up to now, I try to understand how Kobo deals with embedded fonts. Are there any quirks regarding font-family names? If I have to change some names, I would gladly do it, as far as it does not trigger any collateral damage.

If you found a solution to display fancy dropcaps, I would be keen to learn it (hoping these dropcaps are not just images).

Finally, it seems there is also one thing that makes a correct display of EPUB dropcaps more difficult. You need to recreate the exact original balance for the three cursors (size, line-spacing and margin) if not the dropcap will not display as planned as it seems that these Kobo settings take precedence over the EPUB CSS values (but for EPUBs only, not for PDF)...

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Old 03-19-2013, 11:50 AM   #17
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If you found a solution to display fancy dropcaps, I would be keen to learn it (hoping these dropcaps are not just images).
Now you're confusing me If you're embedding the fancy font, the solution is the one you're already using. Namely:
  • Find the fancy initial font file you want - often only available in Regular.
  • Embed in your usual way, with something like the following (substitute your own values, of course)
    HTML:
    Code:
    <p class="noindent"><span="dropcap">T</span>his is a fancy initial font.</p>
    CSS:
    Code:
    @font-face {font-family: "Fancy font"; src: url('../Fonts/Fancy font.ttf')}
    
    .dropcap{
        float:left;
        font-family: "Fancy font", serif;
        font-size:3em;
        font-weight:bold;
        line-height:0.8em;
        margin-left:0.1em;
        margin-right:0.1em;
        margin-top:-0.1em
    }
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IIRC, if you don't set display to block (I'm assuming you're using a span, because you really shouldn't be using a div inside a paragraph), most renderers will ignore the top margin. Depending on the font, you may also need to set the line-height to at least 1.2, and you may want to set the box's height property to avoid wasting too much space below the drop cap on whitespace.

There are lots of other fun surprises if you aren't careful. Take a look at the CSS section of the EPUB article on the wiki site. Most of those quirks are reader-specific bugs that I discovered while doing drop caps.

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Old 03-19-2013, 12:31 PM   #19
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I haven't examined the source, but just as a possible clue, I think this has happened with some mis-named fonts. Perhaps fixing the name might help?
You were right! I noticed a dramatic improvement when I added the Kobo suffixes to all the embedded fonts: ie -Regular, -Italic. All the streaks on the screen disappeared. Even the display of dropcaps is now nearly good (just a little too high; with for some letters like D, I still have some display quirks.

I took care to bring back the right balance for the three Kobo cursors but as Kobo does not provide numerical values, you never can be 100% sure about it.

I have good hope, with some more trials, to achieve a nice result. So, the good and plain answer seems to be: "Do not forget to add the Kobo font suffixes to your embedded fonts"

Thanks for the tip!!

Nota: I selected the option: "Default document" for the font choice.

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Thanks also for your implementation of dropcaps. I will look at it.

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You're welcome! As well as adding the right suffix, the name itself needs to match the proper font name - so if you have any further trouble, you might want to check that as well.
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IIRC, if you don't set display to block (I'm assuming you're using a span, because you really shouldn't be using a div inside a paragraph), most renderers will ignore the top margin. Depending on the font, you may also need to set the line-height to at least 1.2, and you may want to set the box's height property to avoid wasting too much space below the drop cap on whitespace.

There are lots of other fun surprises if you aren't careful. Take a look at the CSS section of the EPUB article on the wiki site. Most of those quirks are reader-specific bugs that I discovered while doing drop caps.
I am afraid I did not find the CSS section of the EPUB article. Could you link to it?

The extreme sensitivity of Kobo to font-family names does not help. It seems they do request.
- the full font-family name (no abbreviation, single quotes) - not the postscript name -.
- a suffix at least for Regular, Italic, Bold and BoldItalic.

I have four embedded fonts: three display perfectly ('Linux Libertine-Regular', 'Linux Libertine-Italic','Linux Libertine OC') the third one being for small-caps. The fourth one: 'Linux Libertine Display-Regular' still has some quirks which defeat the purpose of the dropcaps.

This is my way for dropcaps. I do use a block (first span) in which I insert the letter (second span).

Spoiler:

.let1{
display : block;
float : left;
margin-top : -0.2em;
margin-left : 1.30em;
margin-right : 0.20em;
height : 2.0em;
}

.let2{
font-family:'Linux Libertine Display-Regular';
font-size : 3.2em;
line-height : 0.9em;
}

/*Réglage Lettrine J et Q (let 2 vers let4) */

.let4{
font-family:'Linux Libertine Display-Regular';
font-size : 2.9em;
line-height : 0.9em;
}

body {
line-height: 1.30;
}

<p class="let"><span class="let1"><span class="let2">S</span></span>


For the time being I do not yet get a perfect display of the dropcaps on EPUBs with the Kobo Glo and this precise embedded font. Some letters are nearly OK (S, E, I), some others are badly displayed (L, D..)...

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1. Go to the wiki page (http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EPUB#CSS_Tips);
2. If you look carefully you'll see (nearly at the end of the file): CSS Tips;
3. You win!

PS To verydeepwater: sorry for hijacking your post.

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Ooh. I see somebody reorganized it so that it isn't a giant wall of bullets.

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Thanks. I tried to find this item using the "main page" tree but one needs to be more clever.

For dropcaps, I use a 1.3em line-height for the body. But the one for the box needs to be adjusted. A 1.2 (or 1.3 value) would not fit, I think.
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You're welcome. I did it due to roger64's inability to find the data he was looking for.

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Before giving up with dropcaps and embedded fonts, I had a last try which finally worked. I dumped my embedded fonts (which were a subset created using Font Squirrel) and installed the heavy full ttf regular and italic fonts.

This time everything was OK. The display of the dropcaps was perfect.

So Kobo is very sensitive to both the name and nature of your embedded fonts. Much more so than ADE and most of other readers. Can we say: "If your embedded fonts works on the Kobo, they should work everywhere..." ?

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I am sorry if I gave you so much trouble for an offhand and dumb remark. There is indeed a link in the wiki from an introductory EPUB article toward the EPUB main article. My mistake was that I took this introductory EPUB article as the main one... Many times using Internet, the links are pointing elsewhere, for example to Wikipedia or W3Schools and so I did not bother to use this one. I forgot that a wiki structure is not an hierarchical one. All this comes from a poor judgment from my part.

Could I suggest to differentiate the wiki internal links from the external ones? If the internal link points to an exhaustive article like the one on the EPUB, maybe this link would deserve to be written in big bold letters, to distinguish it from the common rabble and catch the attention of not too bright users like me...
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I am sorry if I gave you so much trouble for an offhand and dumb remark. There is indeed a link in the wiki from an introductory EPUB article toward the EPUB main article. My mistake was that I took this introductory EPUB article as the main one... Many times using Internet, the links are pointing elsewhere, for example to Wikipedia or W3Schools and so I did not bother to use this one. I forgot that a wiki structure is not an hierarchical one. All this comes from a poor judgment from my part.

Could I suggest to differentiate the wiki internal links from the external ones? If the internal link points to an exhaustive article like the one on the EPUB, maybe this link would deserve to be written in big bold letters, to distinguish it from the common rabble and catch the attention of not too bright users like me...
Actually wiki internal links are quite different from external ones. The external links have a square with a diagonal arrow at the end icon to show that you are going off site. Occasionally a new wiki user will create internal links what look like external ones and I fix those when I notice them but you can be assured that if there is no icon at the end of the link it is an internal link. Making them big would disrupt the reading I am afraid and also mess up the line spacing. We want the article to be as readable as a book. I think that once you familiarize yourself with the wiki structure you will have no problem distinguishing internal and external links.

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Before giving up with dropcaps and embedded fonts, I had a last try which finally worked. I dumped my embedded fonts (which were a subset created using Font Squirrel) and installed the heavy full ttf regular and italic fonts.

This time everything was OK. The display of the dropcaps was perfect.

So Kobo is very sensitive to both the name and nature of your embedded fonts. Much more so than ADE and most of other readers. Can we say: "If your embedded fonts works on the Kobo, they should work everywhere..." ?
Not necessarily. Sony Reader has an interesting font-related quirk that probably doesn't reproduce on Kobo.

Regarding your problem, I suspect something went subtly wrong in your subsetting process, like glyphs being removed from the file without removing matching lines from the calt table or some other alternate glyph table or kerning table or....
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In real life, I've no idea why any Kobo owner would ever need to embed a main body text font as it's a lot less effort and disk space (not to mention more flexible), to just use the font menu.
It's not the Kobo owner doing the embedding. It's the publisher doing it. And in most cases, it is done via the body CSS style.

For example, the book 11/22/63 uses embedded fonts and very well too. But the main font used is selected in the body style. The book uses a number of different fonts and the eBook follows this to give a similar look and it works very well. This is a case of yes, you do want the embedded fonts as overriding the fonts will not work as well.

I do sometimes embed when the eBook has enough smallcaps and I want them displayed correctly and not simulated. I also have been using Calibre's font subsetting to make the size of the embedded fonts much smaller and it works very well.

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It's not the Kobo owner doing the embedding. It's the publisher doing it. And in most cases, it is done via the body CSS style.

For example, the book 11/22/63 uses embedded fonts and very well too. But the main font used is selected in the body style. The book uses a number of different fonts and the eBook follows this to give a similar look and it works very well. This is a case of yes, you do want the embedded fonts as overriding the fonts will not work as well.
I'm surprised you are using this book to make your point. I have a copy of it and, as I'm sure you know, the embedded font for main body text is 'Garamond 3 LT Std' which, in my personal opinion, is way too light on an eink device.

Nevertheless if I want to read it in this spindly font all I have to do is select 'Document Default' from the font list -- as I believe I already said above. In what way is this a 'bug'?

In real life I will select one of my own sideloaded darker fonts from the font list. I can even choose one which is similar to Garamond if I wish.

Whichever of these 2 methods I choose, all the other (30 or so) special fonts embedded in this epub display exactly as the publisher intended.

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I do sometimes embed when the eBook has enough smallcaps and I want them displayed correctly and not simulated.
Me too. I currently have no problem embedding a small-caps font, or preferably, css-referencing a sideloaded one on my Kobo Glo.

The Kobo has several quirks/faults but in my experience to date, custom fonts is one of its greatest strengths not weaknesses. To repeat myself, I do not experience the 'bug', which I have seen you quote in multiple threads, on the epub you yourself quote as a prime example of the bug. Do you actually have access to a Kobo to test these bug theories or is it guesswork?
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