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Old 12-12-2010, 07:51 AM   #1
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[Old Thread] Problems with creating epubs w/ interlinear text

I'm trying to create interlinear epubs for language learning purposes. I created an .xhtml file with with a special table style based on Japanese Ruby text and converted it with Calibre. The output looks OK with the Calibre viewer and the Firefox epub plugin, but Adobe Digital Editions shows only the body text and not the blue interlinear translations below it.
Also when I try to upload it to my IPhone with Stanza, the formatting is not displayed correctly.

Therefore I'm wondering if the epub standard actually supports xhtml table and/or Ruby tags?

Can someone who has an actual hardware epub reader test whether the small test epub in the attachment is displayed correctly? (You should see black Spanish text with small blue English translations below.)

Also I'd appreciate any ideas regarding alternative markups for displaying interlinear text. (I included the not very sophisticated source .xhtml file in the attachment.)
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:59 AM   #2
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The difference could be caused by the fact that the calibre reader is based on the webkit browser. Calibre and Firefox are probably doing things not supported by the Epub standard.
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There is a sub-forum dedicated to epub authoring, you would get a lot more help there. I'm curious as to the answer to your question myself - I suspect that support for this type of function may not be great, but I'd love to be proven wrong.

BTW, this isn't even properly readable in Calibre on my system - I only see the spanish. It does look ok in Firefox. ADE also looks bad, and this means most of the hardware reading systems won't display either - they use ADE as their underlying engine.

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Old 12-12-2010, 09:29 AM   #4
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Also, it will depend on how much the reader itself supports. Take FBReader for example it only supports a minimal amount of formatting afforded by the EPUB spec.
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BTW, this isn't even properly readable in Calibre on my system - I only see the spanish. It does look ok in Firefox. ADE also looks bad, and this means most of the hardware reading systems won't display either - they use ADE as their underlying engine.
Thanks for testing this. I guess creating interlinear text epubs using table xhtml tags isn't possible.
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The advice I provided in the previous post is still valid - the Calibre forum is not an ePub authoring forum. Queries regarding achieving this are better directed to the appropriate place.

I'd also recommend querying ePub working group themselves - they're really busy adding multimedia/interactivity to ePub, I'm sure it won't hurt to remind them that a lot of basic stuff that works in printed media still needs to be solved for ebooks before we start adding movies and javascript.
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