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eBook Formatting in Sigil
#1  FDPuthuff 09-21-2020, 07:07 PM
Good Morning Y’all,

I am using Sigil as my application for formatting manuscripts into eBook type files. I have some how-to questions specific to Sigil. Is there a specific area, in these forums, for these types of questions, or is there a better place to learn about what all Sigil can do and how to do things?
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#2  Dr. Drib 09-21-2020, 07:12 PM
Quote FDPuthuff
Good Morning Y’all,

I am using Sigil as my application for formatting manuscripts into eBook type files. I have some how-to questions specific to Sigil. Is there a specific area, in these forums, for these types of questions, or is there a better place to learn about what all Sigil can do and how to do things?

Yes, to your question.

Here is the Sigil forum:

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/fo...play.php?f=203

And here is the main list of all forums:

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/
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#3  exaltedwombat 09-23-2020, 10:51 AM
You're in the right place. Shoot?
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#4  FDPuthuff 09-23-2020, 11:11 AM
Quote exaltedwombat
You're in the right place. Shoot?
I am using Sigil on an iMac.


My current quest is to figure out how to make the TOC in my ePUB file. Specifically, the TOC reached by the drop-down menu. Not the one like at the front of the book.


Can you tell I am also fighting terminology?


Next questions will have to do with:
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#5  theducks 09-23-2020, 11:19 AM
Sigil is an EPUB editing (code) tool. By that, I mean it maintains the required structure and other attribute that are common to EPUB.

OTOH (general) Formatting is usually done with a WYSIWYG Creation tool.

Sigil is great for CSS touchup, inserting Images, Spell checking and TOC creation (from headings).
It includes a synchronized Preview (no longer has the ability to type into that view), with a code inspector (what the heck code is making that section look like a ? ) if you need to unravel a cascaded style blooper.
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#6  FDPuthuff 09-23-2020, 11:25 AM
Quote theducks
Sigil is an EPUB editing (code) tool.
...

Sigil is great for CSS touchup, inserting Images, Spell checking and TOC creation (from headings)...

Cool. Where might I find a good "How-To" for TOC creation within Sigil?
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#7  KevinH 09-23-2020, 11:42 AM
There is a users-guide which is a bit out of date but does cover the basics quite well.
It can be found on our github site here:

https://github.com/Sigil-Ebook/Sigil/blob/master/docs/Sigil_User_Guide_2019.09.03.epub
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#8  KevinH 09-23-2020, 11:44 AM
Alternatively, you can create a Table of Contents from the current headings tags (h1-h6) that you may have set in your xhtml using the TableOfContents tools (see menus or icons).
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#9  FDPuthuff 09-23-2020, 11:45 AM
Quote KevinH
There is a users-guide which is a bit out of date but does cover the basics quite well.
It can be found on our github site here:

https://github.com/Sigil-Ebook/Sigil/blob/master/docs/Sigil_User_Guide_2019.09.03.epub

Thanx. With a quick Google search I figured out what I was missing. The TOC creator will not do anything if you do not have any Header tags. (I believe that's what they are called. <H1> - <H7>)


Once I stuck some of those in, everything else started to click.


Thank you.
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#10  FDPuthuff 09-23-2020, 11:47 AM
Quote KevinH
Alternatively, you can create a Table of Contents from the current headings tags (h1-h6) that you may have set in your xhtml using the TableOfContents tools (see menus or icons).
Yes. I didn't have any heading tags, so the TOC creator was not finding anything to work with.
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