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Old 09-19-2020, 05:29 PM   #1
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Calibre Editor: return not to make new paragraph?

Sorry for the clunky title. What I was trying to say:

In the Editor, I hit Beautify so I can see the code of course. Epub file generated from Apple Pages.

But now it adds paragraphs every time there's a return. It's taking me forever to delete all of those unwanted blank paragraphs and I have to do it to 2 more books. Yes, I added a blank paragraph in Pages to separate the paragraphs with white space.

So is there a setting in the Calibre Editor preferences or something that says "Return makes new paragraphs" that I can turn off?
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Old 09-19-2020, 07:43 PM   #2
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Blank lines in Code view are not 'Paragraphs'. (They just make it easier to read code. The render engines ignore those because a Paragraph is always between a tag pair. Another thing render engines tend to ignore is repeated spaces (there were 5 between those words)
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Old 09-19-2020, 07:59 PM   #3
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Sorry for the clunky title. What I was trying to say:

In the Editor, I hit Beautify so I can see the code of course. Epub file generated from Apple Pages.

But now it adds paragraphs every time there's a return. It's taking me forever to delete all of those unwanted blank paragraphs and I have to do it to 2 more books. Yes, I added a blank paragraph in Pages to separate the paragraphs with white space.

So is there a setting in the Calibre Editor preferences or something that says "Return makes new paragraphs" that I can turn off?
If you want to get rid of the extra line feeds that Beautify adds then this regex search and replace will do it in a couple of seconds.

search:
Code:
\n\n  <(.*?) class=
replace:
Code:
\n<\1 class=
Set mode to Regex--All text Filles
Them press Replace All

bernie

P.S.
The return does not add a paragraph it adds a line feed.
Code:
\n
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Old 09-19-2020, 09:43 PM   #4
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Yes, I added a blank paragraph in Pages to separate the paragraphs with white space.
So are you seeing the blank paragraphs as something like <p class="whatever"></p> ? In other words, real but empty paragraphs, not just blank lines, in code view?

If that is the case, just search for the <p class="whatever"></p> string and replace with nothing. Use replace all, all text files, to do it in a second.

The downside might be, if you also used simple, multiple returns to make scene breaks, it will clobber those as well. If that is the case, find the scene breaks first and put something else there, like <p class="whatever">***</p>
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Old 09-19-2020, 10:37 PM   #5
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ok yeah, they are not technically paragraphs but more like extra white space between actual paragraph tags. I did a combination of brute force delete and using the find/replace. thanks
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Old 09-22-2020, 03:52 AM   #6
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Ok solved it.

Extra line spaces between paragraphs. Changed white-space:normal instead of “pre-wrap” as it was before in every xhtml page. Then class margin-top to 1.5em.

Now no matter how many times I hit return, it won't add breaks (and white space) between paragraphs in the preview and more importantly, in Google Play Books. (looked fine in Apple iBooks).

btw I had said that "I added a blank paragraph in Pages to separate the paragraphs with white space." But that was an early file, the latest I was using had no extra returns. I had done it the right way: Space after paragraph. And it was still adding white space. But now I know why.
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oh. Just realized I can just triple-click to delete the whole line:

<div class="body" style="white-spacere-wrap; line-break:strict;">


I guess it was added by Pages.
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Old 09-27-2020, 08:26 PM   #8
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oh. Just realized I can just triple-click to delete the whole line:

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<div class="body" style="white-space:pre-wrap; line-break:strict;">

I guess it was added by Pages.
One very important note. Pages is garbage, Don't use it.
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