HT4168: Creating ePub files with PagesLearn about Creating ePub files with Pages
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2012 6:33 PM (in response to PeterBreis0807)
Thanks Pete... Actually, I used Baskerville which is the default when using the paragraph styles selections. Baskerville does have italics. They work just fine while on Pages, just not in my epub file.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2012 7:16 PM (in response to PeterBreis0807)
Yeah, sorry about the omission. That's the whole purpose of this exercise. I followed the instructions for creating an epub file from a pages document (Apples Article # HT4168) and the italics problem popped up. I can change fonts on the reader, but the italics are still GONE. Since changing the font on the reader makes no difference regarding the italics, I must assume they were lost in the conversion process when I exported to an epub file.
Just for giggles, I also discovered that the occasional use of centered justification is also lost.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2012 8:21 PM (in response to Davony)
Just ran Apple's ePub template through export.
1. It produces export errors (typical Apple)
2. The Italics survived where that is the paragraph style
3. Where you override the paragraph style with a manual italic it does lose the italic.
Seems like there is a whole lot more investigation to be done.
Like is it visible in other ePubs?
Can you apply Character Styles to do the italics?
Check general ePub specs to see what is possible.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2012 8:29 PM (in response to PeterBreis0807)
Nothing is directly said about character styles. The template file that the instructions reccommend have all the paragraph styles available. It appears to be possible to change fonts from the default, but I didn't experiment much with that.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2012 8:44 PM (in response to Davony)
For the bulk of the text, I use the Paragraph style, "Body". The default text font is Baskerville 12. Changing character style elements turns the black pull down arrow in the style selection que to red and there are several options listed there that are a bit confusing.
Also, Whenever I open the pages document, I get document warnings, complaints that I am missing two fonts; BookAntiqua and Garamond. I don't know why these complaints arise since I don't have those fonts and have never tried to them. This happens every time I open the file. It happens to several of my Pages files.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 27, 2012 12:27 AM (in response to Davony)
The reportedly different fonts could be in unused templates in your Sections.
The style red arrow indicates the selected text is different from the definition.
You have three options, you can force the style definition onto the selected text by double clicking on the style name or you can change the definition to match the text, or you can create a new style with a new name using the settings of the selected text.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 28, 2012 6:15 PM (in response to PeterBreis0807)
I Exported my copy of the template document from Apple entitled, "ePub Best Practices for Pages." I opened the rsulting epub file in BookReader and got the same problems. All modifications, such as text size, or style (such as italics) was stripped from the source file just like mine. The document is all in plain text, regardless of chosen font. I suspect there is a "problem" with this method of creating ePub files. Since I don't have an iPad or other iDevice, I can't test it on iBooks. iBooks isn't available for OS X..........