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Old 11-19-2010, 03:59 AM   #1
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InDesign to ePub and Sigil: TOC destroyed?

Hi there,

I have an issue with the TOC. I'm exporting my InDesign-Documents to ePub. I open the ePub in an eReader like Adobe Digital Editions or teh Firefox ePub-Catalog Plug-in and the TOC, exported from InDesign via the TOC-Style-Option shows up, everything is ok. Then I open the ePub in Sigil to work on extended formatting. Now the TOC which I created is destroyed ... When I save from Sigil and open in a reader, the navigation map only shows: Start.

Another question I have also concerns the TOC: When I create the TOC completely with Sigil I always have to select some text and assign for example "Heading 1", so that Sigil takes it into account for the TOC. However, I also have pages with no title like just a page with a dedication. So I don't want do assign a "heading 1", but I want the dedication page to show up in the TOC. How do I do that?

I hope I was clear enough for my first question in this forum?

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Old 11-19-2010, 06:55 AM   #2
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Okay, I found out the answer to my second question. You simply edit the toc.ncx-file and add manually the entries that are missing and point to the xhtml-file. Worked for me.

The first question I guess is a bug, isn't it?

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Sacha: WRT your second question, there's a MUCH easier way: you can also use the heading title attribute to create a TOC entry sans any text (I do this all the time for illustrations); I wrap a header tag around an image, OR around nothing, thusly:

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<h1 title="Put what you want in your toc here"></h1> , OR
<h1 title="This is Illustration 1"><img src=""></h1>
Either works.

WRT to the whole TOC thing: I have had this problem myself, using hand-crafted ePUBs that I then imported into Sigil. The "problem" seems to occur when someone has created an ePUB and used headers for emphasis or formatting, and not specifically for structure, it seems to me...whereas Sigil "assumes" that you want every header item in your TOC (and gives you the ability to delete those items you don't want.)

And--if the toc.ncx that Sigil crafts from the structure is not the same as the hand-crafted TOC that uses bookmarks or anchors...yeah, your TOC gets "destroyed," so to speak. As I tend to work pretty exclusively in Sigil, I've only run into this a few times, so I haven't given a lot of thought to a simple (or not) workaround.

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