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Old 05-22-2013, 09:45 AM   #16
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Right-click on it enables you to download. I assume you use Chrome. There is an issue with the PDF reader from Adobe that is built in. See the previous page.
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Right-click on it enables you to download. I assume you use Chrome. There is an issue with the PDF reader from Adobe that is built in. See the previous page.
Actually I think one could say there is an issue with how your site is serving up the material. It appears to be using a script of some type to manage the download; even a right click | save wants to save the file as "download" of type "htm" and saves nothing but a zero byte file.
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Hmm, yes. The right-click doesn't work for me either. Then again, I can open the pdf by clicking on it. I will look into it however.

*update* I changed it now. It should always download now.

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Old 05-25-2013, 02:15 PM   #20
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Version 1.2.4 is on the site. I added a chunk of code to handle textframes in Word. That was quite a challenge actually. Now in the first step of the preparation phase you can check and correct all textframes. This is required, since textframes will not be converted to HTML (and ePUB) so the text inside of them will be gone.

Also some other small fixes.
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I am using MS-Word and Sigil and I am looking for a tool between both. Your tool is welcome. Thanks to share!
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Hi Toxaris,

Probably everybody in our community is looking for a solution to convert MS-Word to HTML or at least anything that can alleviate the pain. You got the point. I made my homework and had a look at the post about Clean HTML macro for MS Word as it is part of this add-in (with some changes).

If I understand well, there are 2 open issues:
1. We have to check the images afterwards, “sometimes something goes wrong with the numbering, probably something typical Word”. You personally place the pictures in Sigil.
2. Unordered lists are converted to ordered lists

Are these issues still there? I write Technical/Business eBooks and use intensively both elements and I use images for tables.

I write myself in MS-Word, so I am the only responsible to do it correctly (I am my unique client). However, at the end I run manually some S&R, directly in MS-Word, one after one … so I will definitely have a look at your “Search & Replace” module. By the way can we save the modified MS-Word file?

I write my eBooks in Spanish and French. English regex can be easily adapted to these languages, we just have to remember that [a-z] doesn´t include é, ê, ñ, etc.

The Check accented Words module is “useful for languages that are not using accented words frequently in my opinion. It checks all accents to check they are correct. Words can be added to a temporary list to skip them for the remainder of the document.” Arrrgh! Could you please explain what it means?

Regarding the Create ePUB module, you limited the matadatas to the IDPF requirement. That’s OK. I will have to check if Sigil generates a uuid in case we do not include an ISBN in your form. I’d like to suggest you add 2 metadatas, the publisher and the pub date. Some platforms require them (Barnes&Noble). It should not be a big deal for you.
I know I can add this metadata in Sigil. By the way, is there any INI file where we could save all the options we commonly use in the tool?

Finally, let’s have a dream. Is it planned to be able to run the tool from a command file?

Again, many thanks for your efforts to solve this bottleneck. If at some point in your development you need to translate your GUI to spanish or french, just let me know how I can contribute to your effort.
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I did some tests with a minimalistic test1.dox (attached) and here are the result.

Headings are OK (Please, see test1.html attached generated by ePub Tools)

Both intermal and external links are not rendered in HTML. They are recognized as underlined text (<u>text</u>.

Ordered and unordered lists are OK

It supports a very simple table like the one in the docx file. If you merge cells or change the border, the Convert to HTML is not able to achieve its job.

Images:

The code generated is
<img src="../Images/image001.jpg" alt=""/>

I am not sure the alt attribute with a blank value will pass ePub validation. I need to check. Adding the name of the file to the alt attribute should help.

Is it possible that the tool adds the height and width attributes? (I use them to avoid kindle resizing).

If I want to check the HTML in a browser before creating the ePub, it will help if the tool creates the ../Images/ dir and put there the images it extracts from the compiled .docx

Regarding the HTML generated:

The line:
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="..\Styles\stylesheet.css">
Should be:
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="../Styles/stylesheet.css">

The following line is added at the end of the file, I don't know why
<p>&amp;nbsp;</p>

I always use xhtml files. I need to check as well if ePub vaIidation supports html files. Maybe the experts here can help.

Thank you.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:26 PM   #24
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If I understand well, there are 2 open issues:
1. We have to check the images afterwards, “sometimes something goes wrong with the numbering, probably something typical Word”. You personally place the pictures in Sigil.
2. Unordered lists are converted to ordered lists

Are these issues still there? I write Technical/Business eBooks and use intensively both elements and I use images for tables.
The first one does not exist with the add-in, only with the macro. The second one can occur. It depends on the source. If I create a document from scratch in Word, it works fine. If the source is ABBYY it will not always go right. I have not found the reason yet.

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I write myself in MS-Word, so I am the only responsible to do it correctly (I am my unique client). However, at the end I run manually some S&R, directly in MS-Word, one after one … so I will definitely have a look at your “Search & Replace” module. By the way can we save the modified MS-Word file?
Of course, I could not see a reason why not. Just keep in mind that the source containing the S&R rules must be in the format as described for the procedure to workd.

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Arrrgh! Could you please explain what it means?
Try it, it is easy enough to see what it does. Just keep in mind that in languages that use a lot of accents, there will be a lot of hits.

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Regarding the Create ePUB module, you limited the matadatas to the IDPF requirement. That’s OK. I will have to check if Sigil generates a uuid in case we do not include an ISBN in your form. I’d like to suggest you add 2 metadatas, the publisher and the pub date. Some platforms require them (Barnes&Noble). It should not be a big deal for you.
I know I can add this metadata in Sigil. By the way, is there any INI file where we could save all the options we commonly use in the tool?
There will always be an uuid. There must be, even if there is not an ISBN. At the moment I will not add the publisher and publication date. I might do it later though. I would advise to create the enhancement request at the issue list (link at the site). In that way I will not forget about it.
There is no INI file. All the settings can be set and saved within the add-in. The settings will be retained if the current version is replaced by another version.

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Finally, let’s have a dream. Is it planned to be able to run the tool from a command file?
No. There will always be manual effort required. Not all checks can be done automatic.

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Again, many thanks for your efforts to solve this bottleneck. If at some point in your development you need to translate your GUI to spanish or french, just let me know how I can contribute to your effort.
If there is desire to have other languages available, let me know. I will see if I can come up with something then. The list is not that extensive.

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Both intermal and external links are not rendered in HTML. They are recognized as underlined text (<u>text</u>.
Interesting. I would be interested in the Word file. Links should be retained. This is not the behavior I would like.

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It supports a very simple table like the one in the docx file. If you merge cells or change the border, the Convert to HTML is not able to achieve its job.
That is according to design. It is also stated in the manual. Only simple tables will be converted at the moment.

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The code generated is
<img src="../Images/image001.jpg" alt=""/>

I am not sure the alt attribute with a blank value will pass ePub validation. I need to check. Adding the name of the file to the alt attribute should help.

Is it possible that the tool adds the height and width attributes? (I use them to avoid kindle resizing).
It will validate. Not a problem at all actually. Adding the filename to the alt attribute will not be done. It should describe the picture and a filename will create a strange thing for the hearing impaired where the text is read.
I can add the height and width probably. Again, please enter an enhancement request. That will help me to organize.

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If I want to check the HTML in a browser before creating the ePub, it will help if the tool creates the ../Images/ dir and put there the images it extracts from the compiled .docx
Enter an enhancement request. No garantuee though, I don't really see added value for that, since it is an intermediate state. I do not extract the images from the compiled docx. That is the case for the macro, but not for the add-in. For the add-in I use a totally different method that works a whole lot better. The result from the macro could not be used for the add-in. They are temporary saved in the TEMP directory though.

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Regarding the HTML generated:

The line:
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="..\Styles\stylesheet.css">
Should be:
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="../Styles/stylesheet.css">

The following line is added at the end of the file, I don't know why
<p>&amp;nbsp;</p>
It is not a big deal, but you are right. They are corrected automatically. I will take a small look at it.

The last line informs me that you probably do not use the latest version. The ampersand should not be converted to the HTML entity in the latest version. That being said, I am not quite sure I uploaded the latest version, but pretty sure.

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I always use xhtml files. I need to check as well if ePub vaIidation supports html files. Maybe the experts here can help.
An ePUB always contains XHTML files. So, it is actually not an HTML file, but an XHTML file. The file generated is HTML, but the one used in the ePUB is XHTML. Some changes are done.

If you want to know if there are new versions, you can use RSS (I think) or the newsletter on my site. If I upload a new version, I will sent out a newsletter. A big update I will also post here.

Issues and enhancements can be posted and requested here
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The last line informs me that you probably do not use the latest version. The ampersand should not be converted to the HTML entity in the latest version. That being said, I am not quite sure I uploaded the latest version, but pretty sure.
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Actually, I will wait a little bit before continuing my tests.
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The line you posted said &amp;nbsp; instead of &nbsp;. That means that the ampersand was converted to an HTML entity by mistake. That should not happen in the version that is online.
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Am I correct in concluding that if we don't have a current release of Word (mine I'm afraid is 2000) then we are out of luck?
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Am I correct in concluding that if we don't have a current release of Word (mine I'm afraid is 2000) then we are out of luck?
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Am I correct in concluding that if we don't have a current release of Word (mine I'm afraid is 2000) then we are out of luck?
As Hitch said, yes. It works from 2007 and up. To be honest, 2000 is quite old already. It is not only due to the ribbon to be honest. That is only visual, also the inner working has changed considerably between 2000 and 2007.

I can (and do) test it on 2007 and 2010. It should work in Word 2013, but that I cannot test before the end of the week.
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Both intermal and external links are not rendered in HTML. They are recognized as underlined text (<u>text</u>.
In all my test cases this works fine. Did you say in the settings that bookmarks must be converted? I believe that by default they will be deleted.
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