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Old 07-25-2010, 02:31 PM   #31
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No, I didn't select; but when I did as you suggest it indented the whole section, when what I was after was an indent at the start of each paragraph.

I'm sure you're right that Sigil helps, if I load the correct format and learn its little ways.
For the style class used for the paragraph in question (I say this, because first paragraphs can have different rules): in the stylesheet: add the attribute or modify the value
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text-indent: 2em
(the 2em is the amount and is users choice )
remember to end the prior line with a semicolon
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:40 PM   #32
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I don't think writer2epub is good enough. I tried it on one of my documents and it changed the layout. For example it changed the paragraph indents and it centered the chapter headings. IMHO it is better to save as HTML in Openoffice.org and import that in Sigil. Or save as ODT and let Calibre do the conversion to ePub and load that in Sigil. None of these routes is perfect, but they probably are a better approximation then exporting from Word.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:53 PM   #33
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I don't think writer2epub is good enough. I tried it on one of my documents and it changed the layout. For example it changed the paragraph indents and it centered the chapter headings.
But it only takes 30 seconds to make those whatever you want in the CSS.
I use a different method, but maybe writer2epub has default CSS settings that are user configurable?

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IMHO it is better to save as HTML in Openoffice.org and import that in Sigil.
Completely agree there!!

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Or save as ODT and let Calibre do the conversion to ePub and load that in Sigil.
I am not a big fan of Calibre conversions but they sure are a better option than trying to put Word HTML into Sigil.
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None of these routes is perfect, but they probably are a better approximation then exporting from Word.
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:29 PM   #34
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Sigil and save filtered HTML in Word

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How do I get to WYSIWYG editing? If I click on Book View nothing happens.
I had a similar problem loading an HTML file saved by MS Word 2007's save filtered HTML option.

What I found was that Word, in the CSS file, puts quotes around the serif and sans-serif entries in font-family ( e.g. font-family: "serif"; )

Sigil it seems doesn't like this. I removed the quotes around serif and the text showed fine in Sigil's book view.

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Old 07-25-2010, 06:19 PM   #35
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I don't think writer2epub is good enough. I tried it on one of my documents and it changed the layout. For example it changed the paragraph indents and it centered the chapter headings. IMHO it is better to save as HTML in Openoffice.org and import that in Sigil. Or save as ODT and let Calibre do the conversion to ePub and load that in Sigil. None of these routes is perfect, but they probably are a better approximation then exporting from Word.
Remember, writer2epub is still pretty much "beta" software. AFAIK it hasn't yet been formally released through OOo.

It does produce a very clean, organized, almost self-documenting CSS file, which as Dave_S says, is easy to modify to do what you want. (Unlike the CSS file produced by, say InDesign4 for example, which can be a horrendous mess.)

Unfortunately I have yet to find a solution that "Just Works (tm)." Producing a production-quality epub IMHO is going to require a certain amount of tweaking, within or without Sigil. But several of the options discussed above will produce a "preliminary" epub that is probably good enough for personal use as-is, and will load smoothly into Sigil for final polishing.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:34 AM   #36
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That doesn't seem to be an option on Word 2000, pietvo.
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You can try to save the Word document as filtered HTML and start from there. Actually Word is a terrible tool (in the bad sense) for producing HTML.
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Recently, I was trying to convert from MS Word 2000 to ePub, using calibre, and found the same advice in the Calibre manual. It was accompanied by a link to an MS Word 2000 add-in. Do a google search for "Office 2000 HTML Filter 2.0" and follow the instructions from Microsoft.

Once this is installed in office 2000, you just have to open the MS word file and click on the new icon. This creates a 'cleaner' html file that is saved on your computer.

I have had good success converting these 'filtered' html file to ePub via calibre.

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