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epub distorts a pages TOC

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DLong271 Calculating status...
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Jan 20, 2014 4:07 PM

Using Pages, I have made a text document with specific chapters. I then generated a Table of Contents linked to the specific pages.

When the document was exported as an ePub file, I received a message that ePub did not support certain matters and it distorted the TOC as to make it unusable.

 

The Pages version is the latest available.

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  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,455 points)
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    Jan 20, 2014 4:14 PM (in response to DLong271)

    Pages 5 is just plain buggy.

     

    Use your previous Pages if you had it, in the Applications/iWork folder.

     

    Peter

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,455 points)
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    Jan 21, 2014 1:22 AM (in response to DLong271)

    But ePubs don't have most of those things.

     

    It sounds like the problem is your formatting.

     

    Peter

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,830 points)
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    Jan 21, 2014 2:02 AM (in response to DLong271)

    Did you use the ePub template? Creating ePub files with PagesLearn how to create ePub files with Pages.
    My understanding is that you should use much formatting in ePubs. The documents should be fairly simple when it comes to formatting.

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,455 points)
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    Jan 21, 2014 3:17 AM (in response to fruhulda)

    ˆnot much fruhulda.

     

    Peter

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,830 points)
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    Jan 21, 2014 3:25 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    Right, Peter! Meant to write it but I am probably to light on the keys.

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,455 points)
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    Jan 21, 2014 4:17 AM (in response to fruhulda)

    Have you got one of those flat aluminium keyboards?

     

    I find I am constantly not getting certainly letters when I type, and the shift key lags, so I get 2 Capital letters after each other!

     

    Really slows me down.

     

    Peter

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,830 points)
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    Jan 21, 2014 5:16 AM (in response to DLong271)

    Did you apply any of the heading styles for the chapters headings? Pages relies a lot on using styles.

    The ePub documents in Pages uses it too.

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  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,830 points)
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    Jan 21, 2014 5:17 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    No, but I got a MacBook Pro with silver key board from 2008. It is just me not pressing as disting as I should and the spellchecker can't know when to add the NOT!

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,455 points)
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    Jan 21, 2014 1:48 PM (in response to DLong271)

    You are not the only one to report this.

     

    ePubs are weird beasts cobbled out of bubble gum and string by people who should know better. But don't.

     

    The naming and positioning of certain text seems to be important. I think Chapters actually have to use the word Chapter for example and definitely use the One True Chapter Style which is why Apple gives you the template to start from.

     

    I haven't gone there but there have been ePub authors here who gave detailed instructions how they achieved it.

     

    Do a search on ePub and see what you get.

     

    Peter

     

    btw Pages '09 can import Styles, typically Pages 5 can't.

  • AaronShep Calculating status...
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    Jan 29, 2014 11:32 PM (in response to DLong271)

    I believe the TOC that is automatically generated is in a menu in the iBooks program. It's not on a page in your ebook. Because of the menu, you do not need a standard TOC in your book.

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