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Old 10-09-2007, 02:33 PM   #1
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Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur: An Intimate Study of Sherlock Holmes. 09 Oct 07

An Intimate Study of Sherlock Holmes was written by Conan Doyle for the January 15, 1918 issue of Detective Story Magazine. It is an interesting, although short, insight into Conan Doyle's thinking and his reactions to the fame that Sherlock Holmes gained.

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I notice that FBReader shows a little square instead of quotes and apostrophes in this ebook and many others. I assume that you are using curly quotes and apostrophes? When you are creating an ebook, are you using the actual character, or are you using the HTML equivilent? If the actual character, could you try making a sample using the HTML version?

BTW, thanks a lot for this ebook. I love Holmes.
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I just did a test. I used Amber Palm Converter to extract the HTML from this ebook. The quote characters were not the HTML tags. I changed a few double-quotes to “ and ” and then saved the HTML file. FBReader displayed the double-quotes just fine. I'm not surprised at this, as I have seen other programs besides FBReader not display the extended characters correctly, unless the HTML tags were used. I assume that this has something to do with trying to deal with the various code pages used by different languages. The HTML tags would be unambiguous, regardless of language or code page. The characters would not.

For reference, the HTML tags for single-quotes and double-quotes are:

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I notice that FBReader shows a little square instead of quotes and apostrophes in this ebook and many others. I assume that you are using curly quotes and apostrophes? When you are creating an ebook, are you using the actual character, or are you using the HTML equivilent? If the actual character, could you try making a sample using the HTML version?

BTW, thanks a lot for this ebook. I love Holmes.
The way to fix the problems with FBReader would be to have BD create an FB2 file and then it will work fine with no odd characters,
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The way to fix the problems with FBReader would be to have BD create an FB2 file and then it will work fine with no odd characters,
I wouldn't want to ask anyone to create yet another version, just for this problem. Using the HTML tags should take care of the problem in the MobiPocket version and probably any other version.
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While I'm on this subject, I use NoteTab Lite for converting text to HTML. It also has the ability to convert extended characters like curly quotes (and others) to the HTML tags for you. Very handy and the program is free.
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Can you start a new thread and post one of your HTML files? I can have a go at loading it into Book Designer and generating a PRC file and reading it with FBReader and see what happens. Just please PM me with the link so I'll know where to find the file. Thanks!
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