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Old 01-27-2009, 09:10 AM   #1
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I got the Discworld books off Fictionwise in .lit. I used Convert Lit to make them HTML, then used MobiPocket Creator to make them Mobi's. So far so good. However, when I read them, the first two or three footnotes are borked and give me footnotes from the back of the book. Pretty much on each of them.

1) What did I do wrong?

2) How do I fix it? Preferably without command line programs, because that stuff scares the bejeezus outta me. (Think Flying Monkeys.)

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How are you making them into Mobipocket? Are you working from the OPF file, or the HTML? You should be working from the OPF file.
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I got the Discworld books off Fictionwise in .lit. I used Convert Lit to make them HTML, then used MobiPocket Creator to make them Mobi's. So far so good. However, when I read them, the first two or three footnotes are borked and give me footnotes from the back of the book. Pretty much on each of them.

1) What did I do wrong?

2) How do I fix it? Preferably without command line programs, because that stuff scares the bejeezus outta me. (Think Flying Monkeys.)

'K Thnx.
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It might well be the intermediate html that f...s up your code. Could be that the links in the lits were relative, the conversion having turned them absolute. That happens sometimes. The only real solution is handy work, checking those footnotes one by one in the html, I'm afraid.

Does it help you a lot when I'm saying that I have been through that more than once?

Ok, thought not.

Have fun anyway!
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:28 AM   #4
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How are you making them into Mobipocket? Are you working from the OPF file, or the HTML? You should be working from the OPF file.
I've been using the HTML. OPF would do the whole keeping track of footnote links better?

Just looked at MPC and there is not an option for OPF, just HTML, MS Word, Adobe PDF, and Text.
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Hi shrink

It might well be the intermediate html that f...s up your code. Could be that the links in the lits were relative, the conversion having turned them absolute. That happens sometimes. The only real solution is handy work, checking those footnotes one by one in the html, I'm afraid.

Does it help you a lot when I'm saying that I have been through that more than once?

Ok, thought not.

Have fun anyway!
Assume I am a moron. Which is not a long march when it comes to this sort of thing. How do I hand-check?
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:32 AM   #6
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I've been using the HTML. OPF would do the whole keeping track of footnote links better?

Just looked at MPC and there is not an option for OPF, just HTML, MS Word, Adobe PDF, and Text.
When I convert from LIT, I double click on the OPF file. That usually causes MobiCreator to open, and all the necessary parts should be imported automatically.

The links might still be boinked up, but this might fix them.
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I've been using the HTML. OPF would do the whole keeping track of footnote links better?

Just looked at MPC and there is not an option for OPF, just HTML, MS Word, Adobe PDF, and Text.
OPF opens your Creator directly but won't save you in the present case, I'm afraid
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The links might still be boinked up, but this might fix them.
Not so, I'm afraid
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I've been using the HTML. OPF would do the whole keeping track of footnote links better?
No, but it puts all the files into the correct order, sets up the metadata, the "Guide Items", etc etc.

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Just looked at MPC and there is not an option for OPF, just HTML, MS Word, Adobe PDF, and Text.
Just double click the ".opf" file. It will automatically open in Mobi Creator. The Mobi Creator "GUI" is just a "graphical shell" for editing an "opf" file.
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I got the Discworld books off Fictionwise in .lit. I used Convert Lit to make them HTML, then used MobiPocket Creator to make them Mobi's. So far so good. However, when I read them, the first two or three footnotes are borked and give me footnotes from the back of the book. Pretty much on each of them.
That's a long-standing bug in ConvertLIT. It will incorrectly reconstitute links to items which share a prefix in their OPF item ids.

The solution is to use ConvertLIT to de-DRM, then use Calibre to extract and/or convert.
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Did someone just say something?

Trying to digest all this. So the opf is a native function of the MPC. Got it. When i get to the computer with the files on it, I'll give that a try ans ee what happens. Thanks!
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