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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] embedding fonts in epub? (and docbook for publishers -- hurrah!)

Hi Robert,
I presume you are using the epub3 stylesheets. There is an empty utility template named 'user.manifest.items' that will write custom items into the manifest. See epub3/epub3-element-mods.xsl for examples of how to write elements in the opf namespace.

I would be curious to hear how well it works in ereaders. When I was preparing the epub for my solar energy book earlier this year, I considered using embedded fonts. But the more I read about it, the more I learned about the difficulties and inconsistencies, and decided it wasn't worth it, at least at that time.

Bob Stayton
Sagehill Enterprises

On 11/30/2015 12:32 AM, Robert Nagle wrote:
I'm at the final stages of making an epub file, and I was wondering if
there's an easy way to declare a font file for embedding.

I generally am fine with manually moving over assets into the output
folder. But apparently a reference appears in the opf manifest file.

To add the reference you need to declare the location in the css
(check!) and declare it in the OPF manifest (oops!)


When the epub stylesheets were written, support for embedding fonts was
practically nonexistent, but now I think all the major platforms support

(By the way, a great reference on all aspects of using embedded fonts in
ebooks is here: https://www.bisg.org/publications/field-guide-fonts-ebooks )

Perhaps -- if it's not already done, this could be handled as a
parameter. I'll be happy to write up a feature request.

Wow, the most recent stylesheets  have been written to support Docbook
for Publishers... That's a big deal for me and greatly appreciated. (I
just learned this .... 5 minutes ago!) Too bad, because it would have
helped with my current ebook (whose deadline is rapidly approaching).
But I have several other ebooks to try it out on over the next few
months. In 2013 I used Docbook to produce a dramatic text... and some of
those elements could have come in handy at the time......

Robert Nagle
3000 Greenridge Dr #2204, Houston TX 77057-6037
(Cell) 832-251-7522   Carbon Neutral Since Jan 2010

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