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Old 10-09-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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ePub editing tool

Is there an epub file editor; i.e., an application that will open a file, enable changes to the html therein, and then close the file in an epub format?
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try sigil, the epub editor (it has its own forum here). it sounds like just what you are looking for.
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As Z says Sigil should give you what you want. You can use it as a WYSIWYG or edit the code directly.

Otherwise you can change the epub extension to zip and unzip it. Edit the files you want and copy them back into the zip, change back to .epub and you'll be set that way too.
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:08 PM   #4
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My partner in publishing believes that ePub will be THE standard. I am bewitched buggered and bewildered by the plethora (good word, that, meaning bloody excess) of standards. Is there a general consensus of opinion on this forum that epub is the way to go?

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Old 10-09-2009, 10:11 PM   #5
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My partner in publishing believes that ePub will be THE standard. I am bewitched buggered and bewildered by the plethora (good word, that, meaning bloody excess) of standards. Is there a general consensus of opinion on this forum that epub is the way to go?

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You'll get lots of opinions on thie, but ePub seems to be getting there, but not yet. There are to many legacy devices out there that can't read ePub. The other formats will be around for a while yet.

The good thing is once you've got the ePub conversion to other formats "usually" goes quite easily.
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My partner in publishing believes that ePub will be THE standard. I am bewitched buggered and bewildered by the plethora (good word, that, meaning bloody excess) of standards. Is there a general consensus of opinion on this forum that epub is the way to go?

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New readers tend to support epub, although the kindle only supports mobi, so that format should be staying for a while longer.
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:57 AM   #7
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While .epub is likely going to be the file standard for end-users, I'd suggest using a richer format for original source formatting.

TEI covers pretty much everything I've even remotely considered using in a document:

http://www.tei-c.org/index.xml

One can even create custom schemas w/ a nifty on-line tool which are tailored to one's needs.

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While .epub is likely going to be the file standard for end-users, I'd suggest using a richer format for original source formatting.

TEI covers pretty much everything I've even remotely considered using in a document:

http://www.tei-c.org/index.xml

One can even create custom schemas w/ a nifty on-line tool which are tailored to one's needs.

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If you have a good ePub, it's fairly easy to then convert to all the others from there. So really, ePub does make a good source format.
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``good'' != ideal

Does epub mark which quotes are beginning and which are ending? TEI does.

Does epub differentiate between single right quotes and apostrophes? TEI does.

&c.

``good enough'' isn't.

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Sigil won't open an epub file generated by InDesign CS4; which should be an authoritative epub code generator.
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Sigil won't open an epub file generated by InDesign CS4; which should be an authoritative epub code generator.

Now I'll try your epub-zip-epub transformation.

Thanks.
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CS4 actually does a poor job of making ePub's from what I've read and found myself.
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That epub-zip-epub transformation worked; at least the first two stages. I'll change the html code that's inappropriate using Dreamweaver and save as xhtml again. Then I'll zip the archive again and rename as epub file type. Then when I open that in Digital Editions we'll see what I've got.
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I thought epub was Adobe's invention. I guess I was wrong.
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I thought epub was Adobe's invention. I guess I was wrong.
Nope, they're just a big proponent of it and are the first company to add a DRM scheme to it. It was designed to be an "open" format by the International Digital Publishing Forum.
http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EPUB

You would think CS4 would make the best possible ePub's with the involvement Adobe has with the format, but not so far. Some are hoping that'll change with CS5. I'd like to see an update to CS4.
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