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E-pub and space after

Community Beginner ,
Apr 06, 2024 Apr 06, 2024

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I have a large document in InDesign with translated poems in a bilingual setup. For print intent it is OK. But when I export to E-pub I have a problem The original language german is placed in on the left page in individual nonthreaded textframes and the danish translation is placed on the right page in individual textframes. I have given the last line of the poems in each textframe a paragraphstyle with a spaceafter 10,16 mm that corresponds to twolines in the layout. In my e-pub eksport "the spaceafter" for the last line of the poem is not respected, when I have 3 threaded frames for a long poem. How do I solve that?

I have the possibility to split the whole document but that might be to many individual files in the e-pub?

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Apr 06, 2024 Apr 06, 2024

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Details matter a lot, here. 🙂

 

What version of InDesign are you using, and on what platform and OS version? What version of EPUB are you exporting to, and reflowable or fixed/FXL? And probably more significant than it might seen, what EPUB reader are you using the view the result? They vary enormously in rendering quality and details.

 

If you're not exporting to v3.x reflowable and viewing it in a 'vanilla,' standards-based reader like Calibre or Thorium, export problems are somewhere between expected and assured. 🙂


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Apr 07, 2024 Apr 07, 2024

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I used InDesign version 19.3 x64, I exported to E-PUB 3.0 reflowable
I solved the problem by using space before in the Headings instead, and then everything was fine.
But I find it strange. That should make no difference
I exported it to Calibre on the PC, and tested it on a Tolino E-bookreader. Thank you for pointing out the export problems!

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Spacing in EPUB can be relatively simple, but to get precise results that repeat and (in reflowable) flow well, there are some convolutions. It is not in any way unusual, though, to space headings by putting space above; it is not normal, in any way, to space headings down by space-below a preceding style.

 

(Although to be fair, I have a complex e-book export method that uses precisely that inversion. It's quite advanced, though and simple space-above is usually the right choice chapter and other headings.)


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