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Old 10-29-2006, 12:42 PM   #1
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RTF formatting questions

A couple questions:

(1) I realize that the Reader cannot display images in RTF, but it seems to just ignore them. Is there any reason, other than increased file size, not to leave images in the document, in the hopes that Sony will eventually support images in RTF?

(2) Is there any way in Word to remove all character level formatting *except* italics? I've been using Ctrl-Space to remove all character level formatting, but I'd prefer to preserve italics.

(3) Does RTF support page headers and footers for book title and page number that will display on the reader?

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Old 10-29-2006, 01:40 PM   #2
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1. They are gi-noromous. I just tried converting a 172k Word document that had one included photo (a probably 150k JPG) to RTF. The resulting file was 17 MB! This was using Word 97, so perhaps it's just being silly about how it does the conversion. It's worth checking into for whatever method you're using, though. Storage cost aside, I can't believe it wouldn't significantly slow access on the Reader.

2. You might try doing this:
- Search for italics (using the advanced search/replace menu) and "replace all" italics with a type face not in the doucment (e.g. Vendi).
- Set all character formatting to "regular". This won't will change type faces, so the parts that were in italics are still identifiable.
- Search for the type face you substituted for italics and replace it with italics and the correct type face for your document (e.g. Arial).

Worked for me, but I wasn't sure about how you did the CTRL-SPACE trick. I just did step two by selecting all the text, then pulling up the format/font menu and selecting "Regular" font style, leaving the other boxes blank. Should be pretty easy to make a macro of this, if you need it often.

3. You can have headers and footers in RTF, but CONNECT seems to ignore them
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Old 10-29-2006, 03:48 PM   #3
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Thanks, Bob. I'll try that. My usual procedure is:

Ctrl-A (select all)
Ctrl-Space (remove all character formatting)
Ctrl-Q (remove all paragraph formatting)
Ctrl-Shift-N (make everything Normal style)

Then I format the Normal style according to my preferences. The only thing I don't like about this procedure is that I lose the italics in the original.

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A couple questions:


(2) Is there any way in Word to remove all character level formatting *except* italics? I've been using Ctrl-Space to remove all character level formatting, but I'd prefer to preserve italics.

Thanks,
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Instead of doing Ctrl-A Do a "Find" and make sure you select "Highlight all items found in:". Now go to "Format" > "Font" > and select in the box "Font style" "Not Italic". Perform your search on that and everything except italic will be selected. Now follow the rest of your procedure.
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Thanks. Wouldn't that fail in instances where text has italics plus some other character formatting? For example, text that is bold italic would remain bold italic, instead of becoming just italic.
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Thanks. Wouldn't that fail in instances where text has italics plus some other character formatting? For example, text that is bold italic would remain bold italic, instead of becoming just italic.
Nope, no problem. As long it has italic in the typeface it will not be selected. After the rest of the procedure you can do a search for "italic" where all italic's including bolds will be selected. Now you can make them all the same italic if you would like.
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Old 10-30-2006, 01:48 PM   #8
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Just a question. Is there a way to perform jumps in RTF? I know that BBeB will allow it, because some of the books I downloaded have indexes in them.
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