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Old 11-24-2010, 09:09 AM   #1
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newbie - keep original html and style

hi, trying to use calibre to make an epub. i have 2 books. each has 25 or so chapters each in its own html file. each file has an image folder with images.

my html validates as xhtml 1.1. these files have no style, class, or span. just headings, images, paragraphs, and lists.

depending on whether i import this an index file, a prc or use the command line, i usually get a lot of warnings and a lot of style is added to the epub.

sometimes i get a few thousand lines like:

Property: Invalid value for "CSS Level 2.1" property: 385 [1:1: width]
Property: Invalid value for "CSS Level 2.1" property: 385 [1:13: height]

sometimes i get a lot of:

<link href="stylesheet.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet"/><style type="text/css">
@page { margin-bottom: 5.000000pt; margin-top: 5.000000pt; }</style>

the @page thing is not valid xhtml 1.1

also, it looks like puts a ul in a ul which is not valid (when making a toc or something).

is there any way to keep the original html and image folder structure? currently the images for foo.html are in images/foo/. there are duplicate image names (they are mostly like image001.gif, image002.gif, ...).

is there any way to eliminate most or all of the class and style that calibre adds?

if i fool around with the output size using the gui, i end up with one big html file (which is not so bad), but still has oodles of style).

are there some command line arguments that can help me?

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hi, trying to use calibre to make an epub.
This is the recipe sub-forum. You'll get more attention and better answers in the main forum.
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I think you may need to attach a bit of your HTML if you want specific help with those warnings. Something that includes headings, <p> tags, <img> tags and <ul> tags.

However, it is perfectly normal for calibre to create epub paragraphs that look like <p class="calibrenn">....</p> even if you started with <p>...</p>.

I think the @page stuff comes from what you set up in Convert - PageSetup - Margins.
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ok, i'll try to do that.

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Old 11-25-2010, 07:25 AM   #5
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it is perfectly normal for calibre to create epub paragraphs that look like <p class="calibrenn">....</p> even if you started with <p>...</p>.
I prefer to use my own standard style sheet, so I remove all class="calibrenn" references from the calibre generated xhtml files.

I haven't found a way to do this solely within calibre but it is a simple command in any text editor which supports regular expressions, (regex). I use Notepad++ after exploding the ePub with calibre's Tweak ePub option.
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> I prefer to use my own standard style sheet ...

yes. i will be doing that soon.

I haven't found a way to do this solely within calibre but it is a simple command in any text editor which supports regular expressions ...

the books we have published are very short on style. lots of widows and orphans due mostly to images.

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the books we have published are very short on style. lots of widows and orphans due mostly to images.
If your books are in plain-text format then you might found markdown useful. This is an easy way of introducing style and structure to a plain text document and is fully supported by calibre.

Full details can be found at http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/
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If your books are in plain-text format then you might found markdown useful. This is an easy way of introducing style and structure to a plain text document and is fully supported by calibre.

Full details can be found at http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/
markdown looks inetersting, but his books have a lot of diagrams. like: http://senseis.xmp.net/

he is used to using m$ word. i am trying to get him to use something like amaya or dreamweaver and to limit his markup to headings and paragraphs and images or stay with word and insert links instead of inserting the image into word.

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