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column width in tables gets squished in epub

Explorer ,
Aug 08, 2020 Aug 08, 2020

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Upon epub export, the columns from some of my Indesign tables get squished, hyphenating some of the category heds. Is there a way to set the columns to maintain a decent width so that the heds don't hyphenate, whether it be in ID or an epub editor?

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 09, 2020 Aug 09, 2020
Sometimes, with a reflowable ePub, it's best to make a JPG of the table and use that (a graphic) instead. Actually now that I've viewed your screen shots, I think it would be better if you didn't use tables for this text but you redesigned it as a single column.

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 09, 2020 Aug 09, 2020
Long, wide, or complex tables and flowable EPUBs usually don't work well together. However, if you really want to use the tables, I would make a PNG graphic (not JPEG) and add copy the content in alt text area.

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Aug 09, 2020 Aug 09, 2020

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Sometimes, with a reflowable ePub, it's best to make a JPG of the table and use that (a graphic) instead.

Actually now that I've viewed your screen shots, I think it would be better if you didn't use tables for this text but you redesigned it as a single column.

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Aug 09, 2020 Aug 09, 2020

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And how would that table be read out loud with Accessibility software Derek? 😉

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Aug 09, 2020 Aug 09, 2020

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There are CSS tricks you can use to format a table to become responsive but it depends on the table. Do some googling.

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I agree with Derek--this can be designed in a single column with the Do/Don't on top of one another in the text flow.

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Long, wide, or complex tables and flowable EPUBs usually don't work well together. However, if you really want to use the tables, I would make a PNG graphic (not JPEG) and add copy the content in alt text area.

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Aug 10, 2020 Aug 10, 2020

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Thanks for the advice, guys.

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Sep 13, 2021 Sep 13, 2021

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So, coming along a while later: the short answer is that there is no way to make a table full-width?

 

I have a master timeline table that is repeated in 1-3 line lengths at the head of the chapters. The main table is full width, just fine; absolutely nothing in ID or CSS setup will make the tables more than half-width in the inserts, no matter how much text is in the columns.

 

Short of the (kludge) of making 50+ PNG graphics of the table lines, I'm stuck with half-width tables in the chapters?

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