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Old 05-23-2009, 07:22 PM   #1
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Fixing paragraphs with calibre?

I tried converting a book in HTML format to ebook format with calibre, and it looked pretty good, but the paragraphs were not indented and there was only a very small space between them. Sometimes it is hard to tell when a new paragraph begins. The original HTML book does not have indented paragraphs, but it does have a full space between them. Is there a way to ensure that calibre either indents paragraphs or puts a space between them like books usually have?
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Old 05-23-2009, 07:50 PM   #2
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Easiest way to do so is fix the HTML to put in the indents.
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:48 PM   #3
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see the remove spaces between paragraphs option
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Old 05-23-2009, 11:17 PM   #4
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see the remove spaces between paragraphs option
Wouldn't that do the opposite of what I want? I want to be able to distinguish between paragraphs, by either having a space, or having the paragraphs indent.
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Easiest way to do so is fix the HTML to put in the indents.
That'd probably take a long time with a full length book. Is there a quicker way to do it than to go through each paragraph and indent it?
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Wouldn't that do the opposite of what I want? I want to be able to distinguish between paragraphs, by either having a space, or having the paragraphs indent.
read the help of the option, it also adds an indent
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read the help of the option, it also adds an indent
I tried this and it still didn't add the indentation.
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I've tried this with quite a few different files and it doesn't seem to work. In all cases, the paragraphs either have barely any space between them, like this:

Paragraph 1
Paragraph 2

There is no indentation, though.
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in that case paragraphs in your source file are not properly marked up with <p> tags, no real alternative to editing the HTML
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Old 05-24-2009, 02:03 PM   #10
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At least with the HTML document, I think it might be because it uses div tags for paragraphs instead of actual <p> tags. Oh boy, that'd be a pain to change.

Not sure about the other documents I tried...
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the 0.6 release of calibre will handle documents that use div instead of p to mark paragraphs
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the 0.6 release of calibre will handle documents that use div instead of p to mark paragraphs
When's it coming out?
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If you use an application like notepad++ (its free - FOSS) then you can open your HTML file and
Find: <div
Replace <p

Then
Find: </div>
Replace </p>

throughout the entire document. Note that I am actually finding/replacing a space after the last character so that it will help discriminate what I am looking for: "<div ". If, however, your div's have no attributes then you may just want to find "<div>
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One thing that can be helpful is to supply a css override on the look-and-feel page. First, look at the HTML to see how paragraphs are marked. If they use something like <div class="foo">, you can add a rule to define a text-indentation for class "foo" by putting a period in front of the name:

Code:
.foo { text-indent: 2em }
If there is no class, you can try affecting all divs, but that may do too much indenting (it may be worth a try, though):

Code:
div {text-indent: 2em }
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Old 05-25-2009, 03:39 AM   #15
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WayneD, thanks. Good idea. I'll give it a shot.
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