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Old 02-26-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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ODT or HTML -> MOBI: Blockquote and other issues

Hi all, I'm trying for the first time to convert some stuff with Calibre to MOBI for a Kindle and I have some issues.

So I make a file in Writer and save as ODT. Then I import it in Calibre 0.8.41 and convert to MOBI with default options. This is what happens:

1 - all the styles of the original file (and of the intermediate html generated by Calibre) get replaced by calibre_## classes.

2 - All paragraphs became "justified" even if "Text justification" in Look & Feel is set to "Original".

3 - If I have a paragraph with left margin set to > 0, Calibre translate it as "blockquote" with a fixed margin of 0 0 0 2em and I can't change it in any way. If I try to style it in "Extra CSS" with something like:

blockquote { margin: 0 2em 0 2em }

to make it centered it doesn't change at all.

4 - The same happens for all the other calibre_## classes: I can't style them with Extra CSS.

All of this happens even if I save my original ODT as HTML and use it for conversion to MOBI.

All of this doesn't happen if I convert the ODT to EPUB. The text stay left aligned, the paragraphs with left margin keep my margins, the classes don't get replaced by calibre_## classes so I can style them in Extra CSS. If then I convert this EPUB to MOBI all stay like it should be.
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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As for #3: the MOBI format doesn't recognize the concept of left and right margins on elements. Left-indented text is achieved through <blockquote> elements. It's the only way. If you need increased left margins... <blockquote> elements can be nested. Any attempt to set a right-margin is simply ignored by calibre or kindlegen or mobipocket creator. That's why this:
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blockquote { margin: 0 2em 0 2em }
doesn't change anything.

EPub is capable of doing those things, that's why they work when converting to ePub.
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:47 AM   #3
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Wow, that's why then. I made another test again converting from ePub to MOBI and now I can't get the paragraph without the blockquote "trick" like you said. I even can't get it to respect my left aligned p so now I'm just confused and start to think I was in some way wrong when I though that ePub -> Mobi solved my problems :\

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