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Old 03-08-2009, 09:10 PM   #16
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Does any reader software actually support oeb-page-head?
Honestly, I don't know. Never tried it. But it's in the spec.
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:40 PM   #17
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Does any reader software actually support oeb-page-head?
YES!

The eBookwise 1150 and REB1200 both support running headers and footers using the 'oeb-page-head' or 'oeb-page-foot' style.

In our EBook Publisher wiki, you can find reference to sample code that will generate headers, namely:
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<html>
<head>

<style type="text/css">
 header {display:none; display:oeb-page-head}
</style>

</head>

<body>

<header>
<table border="0" width="100%">
<tr>
<td align="left"><small>PUT_TITLE_HERE</small></td>
<td align="right"><small>PUT_AUTHOR_HERE</small></td>
</tr>
</table>
<hr>
</header>

<p>EBOOK_TEXT_HERE</p>

</body>
</html>
This HTML code similar to the one used by GEB Librarian or my Mobi2IMP to produce running headers. Important parts are '''header''' in <style> and '''<header>...</header>''' inclusion after <body>. You can re-use the '''<header>...</header>''' code again to redefine a new header, say for each Chapter Title. Then, to later remove headers, just use an empty pair '''<header></header>'''.

It works quite well and has been used in many commercial ebooks from Fictionwise/ebookwise.

Also, I recently discovered in this post that the 'oeb-column-number' can automatically display two column newspaper style text even though the source text in the .html is linear.

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Old 03-09-2009, 12:11 AM   #18
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Ah, cool.
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Ah, cool.
In addition, I posted here an example (with source) of using 'oeb-column-number' in an ebook conversion from PG.
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Old 03-09-2009, 07:40 AM   #20
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I tested multiple html to EPUB again but this time, instead of downloading the html pages to my PC then using hyperlinks pointing to the local files, I tried using the URL from the original site and converting the file in Calibre. I then opened the file both with the Calibre viewer and on my Iphone. In both cases, when I clicked a link, my Web browser opened and pulled up the original Web page - no EPUB book was created. It was worth a try since I already know the local links don't work. Just wanted to give you the latest results from my ongoing tests. I'm trying to provide as much detail as possible.

I just noticed that I recieved an email this this issue was fixed. I tested EPUB again and still don't get hyperlinks when using the Calibre viewer.

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Just looked at the ticket that was rasied - and Kovid says it works fine if you use relative links rather than absolute links.

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Ah, cool.
I'm guessing calibre's epub viewer doesn't support it. Could we expect any future support for epub headers and footers?
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By Jove, I think that did it! I can now open link in the viewer and will test the Iphone later but it is working now.

Was it my misunderstanding about how to write the text file or was there a change to the EPUB configuration in Calibre?

As, always, you ROCK! I'll pass this info on.
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Was it my misunderstanding about how to write the text file or was there a change to the EPUB configuration in Calibre?
As I understand it the problem was the original file which had absolute links rather than relative links - there is no change to Calibre.
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I'm guessing calibre's epub viewer doesn't support it. Could we expect any future support for epub headers and footers?
It would be tecnically possible, but its not high on my list of priorities. Headers and footers dont really make sense in a reflowable format. The only use I can think of is to indicate what book/chapter you are currently reading
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It would be tecnically possible, but its not high on my list of priorities. Headers and footers dont really make sense in a reflowable format. The only use I can think of is to indicate what book/chapter you are currently reading
I don't use them either. But some people swear by them, and there's no accounting for taste.
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I don't use them either. But some people swear by them, and there's no accounting for taste.
Headers/footers are a novelty, at first, and I'd rather not use them in ebooks I create and/or read.

They would be beneficial in Reference-type materials that cover a lot of different topics, i.e. with the current topic in the header. I've also seen an early Random House dictionary for the REB1200 which had the "Letter" of the section being read in the 'header'. Pretty, but not overly useful.

A 'footer' holding a TOC-like index IS quite useful though and is incorporated into my EBW1150/REB1200 Webster's Dictionary (1913).
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It would be tecnically possible, but its not high on my list of priorities. Headers and footers dont really make sense in a reflowable format. The only use I can think of is to indicate what book/chapter you are currently reading
It makes much more sense in an ebook reader then in a paper book. I use headers all the time so I will learn the title (and author if it is a new author) of the book I am reading. For a paper book you will see the title every time you pick it up and therefore learn it.
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I personally love having a footer listing the current chapter. I had just came across this thread searching to see if Calibre had that functionality yet.

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