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Old 05-18-2011, 03:12 AM   #1
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Paragraph Spacing Disappears in MP Creator

Can anyone answer this question? It was posed by an online friend. Any help would be very much appreciated.

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When I code in HTML a blank space above a paragraph, either by inserting <br> six times, or putting style="margin-top:100px;" into the p class tag, then run the file through Mobipocket Creator, the blank space shows up fine when I look at the ebook in Kindle for PC. But when I transfer the file over to my handheld Kindle and look at the ebook, the blank space no longer shows up. Is this just a Kindle bug, or does anybody know if there's a work-around for the problem? Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-19-2011, 04:56 AM   #2
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The correct way to do vertical spacing in a Mobipocket book is to use the "height=" attribute of the <p> or <div> tag.

Eg: <p height="1em"> will leave a 1em space above the paragraph.
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:56 AM   #3
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But Mobipocket Creator should convert the CSS margins, as far as I know...
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:26 AM   #4
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The Amazon Publishing Guidelines state that: "The space before each paragraph can be changed using the “margin-top” style on tag <p>."

Unless i'm mistaken, the margin-top method is still okay, isn't it? I've never tried the alternatives.
I hope it's still acceptable as I use it a lot :-)
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Yes, margin-top in a css-file works, too. Both ways are possible.
Prestidigitweeze, has your friend played a little bit along it? Tried it with other measures like pt or em or with a smaller gap?
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Yes, it's not a good idea to specify paragraph spacing in pixels, since you almost certainly want it to scale with the text size.
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When last I looked, Harry and Billi, this thread wasn't active. Now that it is, I'll present your findings and ask your questions. Thanks so much for the helpful responses.
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But Mobipocket Creator should convert the CSS margins, as far as I know...
I believe Mobipocket creator is less capable than Kindle Creator in this regard.

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Kindle Creator?
Kindle Generator I meant.

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