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Old 02-04-2009, 03:00 PM   #1
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Formatting question for lrf and epub

I wonder if anyone can advise on something that is puzzling me....

I have an rtf document like the one attached. Ideally, I would like to convert it to epub format for the sake of compatibility. However, I cannot seem to get it to format the tab indents correctly. I like a 5mm indent on my tabs, but Calibre seems to ignore my tabs and put its own much bigger ones in. Is there a setting somewhere to control tabs? Also, I cannot fathom how to persuade Calibre to detect the chapters and keep the page breaks that the rtf has. Again, is there a setting somewhere?

The alternative to epub for me is to use lrf, since I am just about to get a prs-505. Again, I cannot figure out how to get Calibre to retain the page breaks.

I would be very grateful if someone has some guidance on this.
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Old 02-04-2009, 03:20 PM   #2
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Use the override CSS and set p { text-indent: 5mm} as for the TOC, you will have to unzip the epub look at the HTML in it and from that deduce the correct XPath string to give to --level1-toc
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:55 AM   #3
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Thank you Kovid, the tabs are now working perfectly. I have had a bit more trouble with the TOC however. I managed to import an rtf version of the test document ok, but when i subsequently tried it with the full text it took 7 hours and didn't format the TOC at all. I have since tried saving the text as a filtered web page, and calibre imports that in a couple of minutes without any problems. The only issue I now have is that I cannot get to grips with the XPath expressions (the XPath website is not exactly user friendly!). The tag I'm trying to grab is as follows:

<p class=eBookChapter>*** <br clear=all style='page-break-before:always'>
Chapter&nbsp;II*************** </p>

I tried putting class=eBookChapter into the XPath expression, but to no avail. Do you have any suggestions to make this work?
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:21 PM   #4
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Did you see the XPath tutorial in the calibre User Manual? If you think that's not user friendly, I would appreciate suggestion on how to ake it more user friendly. In any case you need

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Aha! I see what you mean. The link in the to the tutorial doesn't work for me. I'm running 64 bit Win7 with a modified version of Chrome as the default browser, so I was not too surprised that the url didn't open. I just went to the XPath website instead - hence my comment about user friendliness....

Now that I've found your tutorial, I think it's excellent, and makes perfect sense.
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