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Old 04-13-2011, 04:43 PM   #1
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Indesign CS5 to ePub: epubcheck error

So I've exported a book from IDCS5 to ePub and, for the first time, run it through ePubcheck. Most of the errors involve pretty minor stuff, easily edited, but one has me stumped:

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WARNING: /Users/. . . file.epub: item (__MACOSX/OEBPS/._template.css) exists in the zip file, but is not declared in the OPF file
I tried editing the OPF file in TextEdit (via Springy) and it sort of worked, in that I didn't get this error when I ran epubcheck again. Unfortunately it now says that none of my image files are referenced in the opf (coincidentally, all the references appear below the change I made in the file). So I clearly screwed up the coding.

So - two questions: first, can someone point me to an all-purpose primer on editing the OPF file? And how is it possible that IDCS5 would fail to include the template.css in the OPF file? Does this happen a lot?

By the way, here's the line of code I added (in bold), with the previous and succeeding line in roman:

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<item id="[filename]" href="[filename].xhtml" media-type="application/xhtml+xml"/><item id>="template" href="template.css" media-type="application/xhtml+xml"/><item id="[filename]" href="images/[filename].jpeg" media-type="image/jpeg"/>
and here's the standard error message for the missing items:

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WARNING: /Users/[filename].epub: item (OEBPS/images/[filename].jpeg) exists in the zip file, but is not declared in the OPF file
Any help will be appreciated!
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:40 PM   #2
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<item id="[filename]" href="[filename].xhtml" media-type="application/xhtml+xml"/><item id>="template" href="template.css" media-type="application/xhtml+xml"/><item id="[filename]" href="images/[filename].jpeg" media-type="image/jpeg"/>
You have a > between id and =. This is wrong.
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:01 PM   #3
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How embarrassing. But I solved this and a number of other problems by exporting from epub to epub in Calibre.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 04-20-2011, 01:26 AM   #4
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I think the (__MACOSX/OEBPS/._template.css) files are invisible files the macs leaves behind. I see ._store files left around in every directory that the macs open. I think files with dot underscore are invisible to the macs. So they exist but because you can't see it it would stuff up the inventory.

Just a wild guess, but worth following up.

Edit: Another thought. The dot underscore file would have been created when you edited the OPF. Indesign wouldn't have written it. Try epubchecking before you open the epub and see if you get the same error. If you don't, then edit it and if you get the same error ask the mac community how they do it.

found this link for you. hope it helps. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=55681

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