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Epub error codes from InDesign—anchor missing (but not!)

Participant ,
Jan 25, 2018 Jan 25, 2018

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OK. Another one I can't seem to figure out.

I get this:

External Text Anchor not found: 3

  Text Anchor in "/Users/SueCampbell1/Dropbox (Personal)/ImbrifexBooks/RTA-25AZNM-Workingfiles/Ebook Working Files/K_eBook_SST_Ch4.indd" is missing: 3

External Page Anchor not found : 294

  Page Anchor in "/Users/SueCampbell1/Dropbox (Personal)/ImbrifexBooks/RTA-25AZNM-Workingfiles/Ebook Working Files/K_eBook_SST_Ch1.indd" is missing: 19

  Page Anchor in "/Users/SueCampbell1/Dropbox (Personal)/ImbrifexBooks/RTA-25AZNM-Workingfiles/Ebook Working Files/K_eBook_SST_Ch10.indd" is missing: 11

  Page Anchor in "/Users/SueCampbell1/Dropbox (Personal)/ImbrifexBooks/RTA-25AZNM-Workingfiles/Ebook Working Files/K_eBook_SST_Ch11.indd" is missing: 12

(snippet, of many more of the same)

This would seem to be the ToC. But I manually removed all the text anchors for ToC entries and made sure that "include book docs" and "make text anchor in paragraph" is on. It is.

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So then I updated ToC again, and it put all new text anchors in. They are there and it does generate the ToC in the epub. But I still get these errors. Why?

I am specifically confused about what the number after "is missing:" refers to? It isn't a page number. So what is it?

I can still get a good epub (though it still doesn't convert to mobi yet). I am trying to go through all possibilities one at a time to determine what the issues really are.

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Participant ,
Feb 14, 2018 Feb 14, 2018

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Hi,

The book file is the same folder of indesign files?

The path of anchors is not right. Is not possible use absolute path to apply link.

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New Here ,
Oct 02, 2019 Oct 02, 2019

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Did you ever figure out where the bad text anchor was? I have the same error when exporting an epub file, however my InDesign document does not contain a TOC, nor does it contain any links to images or text shown in the path listed in the error. Also notable is that the export to epub process did create a file, but it won't open in Adobe Digital Editions. There were no other errors when I generated the epub file so I am really confused. I am hoping someone out there can help figure out how to find the text anchor. I am stumped.

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New Here ,
Aug 12, 2021 Aug 12, 2021

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Hello SueCampbell54, I was facing the same problem (and frustration) and this is what I found. In my document, there were hyperlinks to websites that didn't exist. As we know that InDesign checks the integrity of the hyperlinked web addresses, this feature is what led to the generation of the "External Text Anchor not found: 3" error. 

 

I removed those hyperlinks and the error disappeared when I exported the file to epub again. Hope this helps.

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