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Old 02-21-2009, 03:19 PM   #1
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Hi!
I want to make a bilingual book, this is, take an english edition and a spanish edition and synchronize the two text together.
I saw some pdf examples made in two colums.
But I don't know if is possible to make something similar in lrf format.

I think that one solution is synchronize entire pages, this is, one in english, one in spanish. But I think that visualization will not be ok changing the zoom.

Any idea, clue?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:30 PM   #2
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that's a very interesting idea, and it seems like ebooks would be great particularly if you are using one with a dictionary. i think for the formatting, 2 columns might be a bit difficult on a 6" screen, because each column would be very narrow and you would have to use a pretty small font to fit more than a few words on each line of the column, but if you want to play with it you could try creating a word document with a page the size of the screen, then insert a table with two columns, and put one language in each column. then you could make your word document into a pdf. this would work better on a device with a larger screen, of course, and those are coming, so depending on what device you have it could be a good solution.

alternately, you could try one paragraph in language1 and one in language2, using different fonts (serif / sans serif) for each language, but i don't know how comfortable that would be to read and it might be a lot of work.

there might be other options ; perhaps someone else will have some ideas.
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i think i'm going to move this thread to the workshop forum, now that i think about it ; i think you might get more answers there.
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Old 02-22-2009, 04:22 AM   #4
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Table support is very poorly implemented in many eBook formats. Eg, Sony's BBeB format doesn't support tables at all; some Mobi implementations support it (to some extent or another), others don't.

I honestly can't think of a good way to do this!
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Old 02-22-2009, 04:28 AM   #5
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I've done a couple of bilingual (or more) books:

Coplas por la muerte de su padre
La divina commedia

Since both are poetry books, I opted for having crosslinks between the different languages at every stanza (or few stanzas). In a prose book, I guess I'd add the links at paragraph breaks, avoiding the middle of dialogues and similar situations.
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:31 AM   #6
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Table support is very poorly implemented in many eBook formats. Eg, Sony's BBeB format doesn't support tables at all; some Mobi implementations support it (to some extent or another), others don't.

I honestly can't think of a good way to do this!
that is why i suggested creating a pdf at the end, my theory being that a table embedded in a pdf would not cause the problems of a table in other formats. i've not tested that though so i don't know for sure.
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Hi

For reflowing formats (prc/mobi, lrf, lit, etc…) I would go with alternate (language) paragraphs.

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