Monday, August 15, 2011

The ePub Journeys

…As most who know me know…

I am a writer…or try to be.

I have been researching my brains out trying to figure out how to make a good ePub that passes all validation checks.

I tried a bunch of pay for products.

I typed in a short story…and I mean short…like…4 pages.

This is a story I wrote eons ago when I was young and full of idealism.

…Bu products that create ePub files.

The one that looks/ed the most promising:

jutoh

Jutoh.

This is made by Anthemion ….

This is the same company that makes:

writer

Writers Café’

Writers Café’.  That wretched pile of tripe.  I should have known better.

I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out why it would not pass validation checks…not only would the .epub not pass THEIR OWN check.  IT would not pass an external checker either.

I started looking at free tools and was beginning to feel I was going to have to hand craft these.

That was not a prospect I slavered over.

Enter:

sigillogo

Bless you Sigil/Google Code.

It does not have a lot of fancy options but it DOES create an .epub file that will pass ANY validator.

TOC that worked on the FIRST try….

Here is a a nice, not completely, relevant tutorial.

Sigil Tutorial That Is Slightly Out Of Date But Still Good!

 

Tune – Bolero – Ravel

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