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Old 01-26-2013, 01:42 AM   #31
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I just checked my above conversions on my actual Kindle Keyboard and the dropcaps are perfect with the medium line spacing setting. I guess there is no way to get a smaller-sized dropcap in the same ebook. If there is a way to accomplish this, please do let me know.
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I just checked my above conversions on my actual Kindle Keyboard and the dropcaps are perfect with the medium line spacing setting. I guess there is no way to get a smaller-sized dropcap in the same ebook. If there is a way to accomplish this, please do let me know.
I think you should be able to use calibre's standard Tweak Book feature to do any fine tuning on your smaller dropcap. This will explode the azw3 so you can manually edit the css file, then rebuild it again. As long as you don't convert it again the manual tweaks will stay put.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:07 AM   #33
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I think you should be able to use calibre's standard Tweak Book feature to do any fine tuning on your smaller dropcap. This will explode the azw3 so you can manually edit the css file, then rebuild it again. As long as you don't convert it again the manual tweaks will stay put.
All right. I'll try that!
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:51 AM   #34
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I think you should be able to use calibre's standard Tweak Book feature to do any fine tuning on your smaller dropcap. This will explode the azw3 so you can manually edit the css file, then rebuild it again. As long as you don't convert it again the manual tweaks will stay put.
Just FYI, this worked PERFECTLY! THANK YOU!!!

For the others, just make sure that when you explode the azw3 file in calibre and tweak it, that you use em values for the font-size of the second dropcap.

Here are some dropcap formulas for various sizes of fonts. These should work all right as long as you indicate in the eighth value of the font size key the same value as the font-size, in px.

span.dropcaps {
float: left;
font-size: 80px;
line-height: 0; -->> okay lang lagyan ng value, like 70px
padding-top: 1px;
margin-top:-.375em;
margin-bottom: -.5em;
margin-right:1.35px;
font-weight: bold;
}

.drop {
float: left;
font-size:3em;
margin-top: -.3em;
margin-bottom: -.5em;
margin-right: .05em;
}

span.dropcaps ((((dropcap a bit high but all right)))
{
float: left;
font-size: 100px;
line-height: 80px;
padding-top: 1px;
margin-top: -0.5em;
margin-bottom: -.5em
}

span.dropcaps (((dropcaps just right)))
{
float: left;
font-size: 100px;
line-height: 80px;
padding-top: 1px;
margin-top: -0.475em;
margin-bottom: -.525em
}

span.dropcaps {
float: left;
font-size: 70px;
line-height: 70px;
padding-top: 1px;
margin-top: -.415em;
margin-bottom: -.475em
}

for one-line dropcaps, this one worked for me:
.dropcaps1 {
font-size: 2.5em;
float: left;
margin-bottom: -0.50em;
margin-top: -0.725em
}

to everyone who helped.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:17 AM   #35
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I guess I'm a total dunce because of that last one about the one-line dropcap. I should just have gone with a raised initial and used a span class code.
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Which brings me to another issue not exactly azw3-related. Why do lines with raised initials have large line spacing? Is there a workaround to that?
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:09 AM   #37
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Which brings me to another issue not exactly azw3-related. Why do lines with raised initials have large line spacing? Is there a workaround to that?
Because the line height required by the bigger font prevails for the rest of the block:
You may need to edit the CSS style for the normal part and add: line-height: 1.2; to force it back down
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:20 PM   #38
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Because the line height required by the bigger font prevails for the rest of the block:
You may need to edit the CSS style for the normal part and add: line-height: 1.2; to force it back down
Not in KF8 (eInk Kindles). It doesn't respect line-height of that small. You have to make it a drop cap or a regular letter.
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:04 AM   #39
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@hermil, I think it is inherent to the AZW3 format. I think it's a take-it-or-leave-it kind of deal with AZW3. Me, I'll take it rather than going back to mobi, for purely aesthetic reasons.
I have this same problem. But I like the tightness of the minimal spacing of the MOBI file compared to the AZW3 that I usually just reconvert to MOBI. Alas!
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Wanted to add. JSWolf, I really like your Compact SIL update! Perfect for night reading. Now, I kinda feel like an ungrateful jerk, but how hard would it be to slightly modify it removing a tiny bit of weight for a daytime version? The PW I settled on has good contrast, so it's almost a little too chunky-bold for daytime reading. Would I be able to do it myself? Are there any freeware font editing programs out there?

But yes, great font! My fave update so far...
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Wanted to add. JSWolf, I really like your Compact SIL update! Perfect for night reading. Now, I kinda feel like an ungrateful jerk, but how hard would it be to slightly modify it removing a tiny bit of weight for a daytime version? The PW I settled on has good contrast, so it's almost a little too chunky-bold for daytime reading. Would I be able to do it myself? Are there any freeware font editing programs out there?

But yes, great font! My fave update so far...
Sure, I can remake the compact with a little less weight for you. That's not a problem. There doesn't seem to be a free solution that I've found to do it all.

PM me please and remind me. Then I'll PM you the link back when I have it done.
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Sure, I can remake the compact with a little less weight for you. That's not a problem. There doesn't seem to be a free solution that I've found to do it all.

PM me please and remind me. Then I'll PM you the link back when I have it done.
Cool! That'd be great!!
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Cool! That'd be great!!
Before I do it fully, I'll take the regular version and make it with just a little more weight so you can try it and if you like it, I can make it into a compact version.

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Before I do it fully, I'll take the regular version and make it with just a little more weight so you can try it and if you like it, I can make it into a compact version.
Okay, sounds good, thanks!
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Second edit: THIS IS SOLVED NOW, PLEASE DISREGARD. It turns out that it was a simple table problem, not related to calibre. Many thanks to Jellby!
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Hi, I think/ hope my problem is simpler but this thread has the appropriate title: I am using a resource for online books, ultimate aim being to read them on Kindle.
Each chapter of a book is a separate webpage; so I download them all and produce an epub out of them in Sigil.
There are linked footnotes at the end of each chapter ("formerly" webpage) and I could not find any way to have them properly linked with the main text using the .mobi format.

Thus: go for azw3 and the links work... Fine but the problem is that this time the margins become fixed -- thus e.g. the right half of the lines become invisible on Kindle/ or Kindle apps, no reflow at all... None of the different settings I used in calibre (remove fake margins/ ignore margins etc...) enabled me to solve this issue. I suspect that this issue is pretty simple for someone more skillful in using calibre or even Sigil, yet I spent many many hours to solve it to no avail. (The problem applies to every epub created with the html files, not just to one particular book); I would be grateful for any help indeed!
[conversion log example attached]

Edit on the next day: This might be fixed in the epub itself it seems; so I dared to open a new thread and pasted the css content there
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