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Old 10-23-2011, 05:15 PM   #1
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How to convert “” properly ?

This must be a common problem but I can't find anything here. I've got an html text that has “” for speech quotes, however when I use Calibre to convert to epub all of those charaters got stripped. How can they be converted properly ? I've tried checking Unsmarten Punctuations but that didn't work. Using Calibre 0.8.23.
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:20 PM   #2
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This must be a common problem but I can't find anything here. I've got an html text that has “” for speech quotes, however when I use Calibre to convert to epub all of those charaters got stripped. How can they be converted properly ? I've tried checking Unsmarten Punctuations but that didn't work. Using Calibre 0.8.23.
I had a similar problem once. I copied the text to an rtf file in wordpad, and used that rtf file as the source for conversion. For some reason it didn't work if I created the rtf file using word.
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I opened the html source in Notepad++ and search and replace those characters to ". It's really weird. Calibre seems to ignore them completely, you couldn't even search&replace them. There must be a away to fix this as I can imagine that there are other characters that are missed ? Speech quotes are easy to notice when missing.
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:40 PM   #4
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Need an example to test - mine convert correctly. Might have an incorrect doctype or something.
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:41 PM   #5
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There may be a character encoding issue. Open the original file in Notepad++ and go to the Encoding menu. Try "Encode in UTF-8 without BOM". Can you attach or upload the document in question?
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:40 PM   #6
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http://manual.calibre-ebook.com/faq....r-smart-quotes
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:47 PM   #7
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I've got an html text that has “” for speech quotes, however when I use Calibre to convert to epub all of those charaters got stripped.
Most likely they actually got stripped when adding the html to calibre. Follow the link user_none pointed you to. After changing the encoding in the HTML to ZIP File type plugin you will have to re-add the html to calibre. It may take more than one attempt to get it right.

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Old 10-24-2011, 07:24 AM   #8
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I haven't seen this bit before, will give it go next time. It's probably because the html has mixed English and Chinese characters. Thanks.
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