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From Dan Lewis <>
Subject Re: EPUB from OpenOffice
Date Fri, 10 May 2013 22:48:02 GMT
On 05/10/2013 04:46 PM, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 6:53 AM, Dan Lewis <> wrote:
>> On 05/10/2013 04:27 AM, Rory O'Farrell wrote:
>>> On Fri, 10 May 2013 02:31:33 -0500
>>> Tamblyne <> wrote:
>>>> On 4/2/2013 4:01 PM, Rory O'Farrell wrote:
>>>>> On Tue, 2 Apr 2013 16:49:13 -0400 Rob Weir <>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> *I see several extensions in the repository that offer EPub digital
>>>>>> book conversion from OpenOffice:
>>>>>> **
>>>>>> **
>>>>>> Does anyone have experience with these, and a recommendation?  Or
>>>>>> is there some other tool that you would suggest for publishing to
>>>>>> EPub?
>>>>>> Thanks in advance for any insights.
>>>>> I've done very little by way  of conversion to electronic formats; I
>>>>> found Calibre very satisfactory.  It converts to many (all?) eformats
>>>>> directly from OpenOffice .odt files (from other formats also), and
>>>>> manages one's library on the ereader.  Certainly worth
>>>>> investigation.
>>>> I finally had a chance to try this, and while I love the other aspects
>>>> of Calibre, the conversion to epub wasn't great as regards it's handling
>>>> of the styles.  So -- to convert do you need a document without any
>>>> formatting?
>>>> Thanks
>>>> Tam
>>> I can't answer that in any detail; later this year I will have occasion to
>>> convert a book text to some form of epub and will have to read  up the
>>> intricacies of Calibre's .odt conversion.  I am aware that it can be fine
>>> tuned to pick up and convert many of the formattings in the .odt, but
>>> haven't looked into that in depth yet. Any form of format conversion usually
>>> entails decision making about the compromises involved; a text formatted for
>>> (say) a US Letter page may not adjust immediately to the reduced and dynamic
>>> page/textflow of an ereader.
>>       What I have found that works rather well is to use Calibre to convert
>> ODT to ePUB. Then I use Sigil to clean up the underlying html files. I use
>> these settings in Sigil's Preferences in the Clean Source section: HTML
>> Tiddy, Open, Save, and Replace all files.
> Hi Dan,  Does that workflow you describe preserve the Table of
> Contents from the document, so it becomes a proper TOC in EPUB, not
> list a list of hyperlinks?
> -Rob
      I would think the answer is yes, but it depends upon what you mean 
by "proper TOC". It is a list of the headings used in the document in 
the form of hyperlinks. When one of these is clicked, you are taken to 
the selected heading. Each level of the TOC has a style applied to it 
that has at least two properties: font size, and left margin. So, the 
TOC contains indentations that are determined by the level of a 
particular heading.
      I'm not sure if this answers your concerns. If you want, I could 
convert a copy of AOO3_4_chapter_template1.odt and send it to you 
off-line. I have the template so it is no problem creating the odt file 
from it.


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