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OPF and/or NCX Formatting Question
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My book title includes an accented letter, for which I used the appropriate html code in the dc:title tag (opf file) and docTitle tag (ncx file) tag. The accented letter displays accurately on the top of each page of my book when tested in the Kindle Previewer.

However, the accented letter does not display when tested on my iPhone. The html code I used (i.e. & iacute; ) appears within the word instead. (Please note, I only put a space after the "&" in this question, so the html code would not be converted to the accented letter here in this post. There is no extra space in my actual files.)

I am using <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>.

Does anyone know how to get iOS to recognize the accented letter? I would be very grateful for any advice.
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Re: OPF and/or NCX Formatting Question
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kathy27846 wrote:
My book title includes an accented letter, for which I used the appropriate html code in the dc:title tag (opf file) and docTitle tag (ncx file) tag. The accented letter displays accurately on the top of each page of my book when tested in the Kindle Previewer.

However, the accented letter does not display when tested on my iPhone. The html code I used (i.e. & iacute; ) appears within the word instead. (Please note, I only put a space after the "&" in this question, so the html code would not be converted to the accented letter here in this post. There is no extra space in my actual files.)

I am using <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>.

Does anyone know how to get iOS to recognize the accented letter? I would be very grateful for any advice.


Are you viewing the MOBI file or the AZK file, on your iPhone?

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Re: OPF and/or NCX Formatting Question
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Hitch, I'm viewing the mobi file on my iPhone.

Another issue that has stumped me is the AZK issue. The Kindle Previewer > Utilities > Kindle for iOS button always gives me the message "Kindle Previewer is converting the book to azk. Please wait..." followed by a Windows message that "azkcreator.exe has stopped working/Windows can check online for a solution to the problem..." (I've also Googled this issue at length, but to no avail.)
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Hitch, I'm viewing the mobi file on my iPhone.

Another issue that has stumped me is the AZK issue. The Kindle Previewer > Utilities > Kindle for iOS button always gives me the message "Kindle Previewer is converting the book to azk. Please wait..." followed by a Windows message that "azkcreator.exe has stopped working/Windows can check online for a solution to the problem..." (I've also Googled this issue at length, but to no avail.)


Well, sorry--I can't troubleshoot your KPreviewer issues, but part of your problem is that you're viewing the MOBI, which pretty much looks nothing like your final file on an iOS. To work around the Previewer issue, for a moment, what does the acute letter look like, on the iOS emulator at the online Previewer?

What are you running? What version of Windows?

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Re: OPF and/or NCX Formatting Question
Posted: Apr 20, 2017 3:31 AM   in response to: kathy27846 in response to: kathy27846
 
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Your html is certainly correct. What you're supposed to do is open the book in the downloaded KIndle Previewer, using the IOS option. It churns about for a bit, then you get the message: your file has been generated here, or some such wordage, with a link to it. It has the extension *.azk. You then transfer THAT version to your iPhone using iTunes.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Posted: Apr 20, 2017 12:14 PM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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booknookbiz wrote:
kathy27846 wrote:
Hitch, I'm viewing the mobi file on my iPhone.

Another issue that has stumped me is the AZK issue. The Kindle Previewer > Utilities > Kindle for iOS button always gives me the message "Kindle Previewer is converting the book to azk. Please wait..." followed by a Windows message that "azkcreator.exe has stopped working/Windows can check online for a solution to the problem..." (I've also Googled this issue at length, but to no avail.)

Well, sorry--I can't troubleshoot your KPreviewer issues, but part of your problem is that you're viewing the MOBI, which pretty much looks nothing like your final file on an iOS. To work around the Previewer issue, for a moment, what does the acute letter look like, on the iOS emulator at the online Previewer?

What are you running? What version of Windows?

Hitch
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Thank you so much for trying to help me with this.

The online previewer only gives a device option choice among tablet, Kindle e-reader, or phone - I don't see where it lets you specify iOS. However the acute letter looks as it should look on the online previewer.

I'm using Windows 7.

ETA: I was just fooling with the Online Previewer again, and I realized that its accurate display of the accented letter in the title was simply because it copied the title from the title I had typed into the "Title" text box of the Kindle eBook Setup Details prior to running the draft manuscript through the Previewer. That title was actually displayed above and outside the Device tablet/phone simulations -- it was not part of the manuscript displayed on the Online Previewer "screen." There was no title displayed at all on the screen.

Edited by: kathy27846 on Apr 20, 2017 3:39 PM
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Re: OPF and/or NCX Formatting Question
Posted: Apr 20, 2017 12:33 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Notjohn wrote:
Your html is certainly correct. What you're supposed to do is open the book in the downloaded KIndle Previewer, using the IOS option. It churns about for a bit, then you get the message: your file has been generated here, or some such wordage, with a link to it. It has the extension *.azk. You then transfer THAT version to your iPhone using iTunes.

Good luck! -- NJ

The book: Notjohn's Guide to E-Book Formatting (and print as well!)

The blog: http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com


Thanks! The iOS option on my Kindle previewer can't or won't produce a file with the .azk extension, though -- it churns, and then produces the message:
Kindle Previewer is converting the file to azk. Please wait...

Then more churning, followed by a box with this message:

++azkcreator.exe has stopped working++
++Windows can check online for a solution to the problem.++

-->Check online for a solution and close the program
-->Close the program

Under the View problem details drop-down arrow is the following text:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BEX
Application Name: azkcreator.exe
Application Version: 0.0.0.0
Application Timestamp: 51de7d8c
Fault Module Name: azkcreator.exe
Fault Module Version: 0.0.0.0
Fault Module Timestamp: 51de7d8c
Exception Offset: 0017a08d
Exception Code: c0000417
Exception Data: 00000000
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 03c5
Additional Information 2: 03c59e43dd443c61658eb0a8a850dbf0
Additional Information 3: 8d56
Additional Information 4: 8d5629e1b61656a2d26af9016a90020c

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The checking online for a solution option eventually results in a Kindle Previewer failure to convert book message. And no matter how much I Google I can't find any solution either.

So I didn't know that the azk version (that I can't get my Kindle Previewer to make) is what I should be looking at on my phone, so thanks for that info!
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Re: OPF and/or NCX Formatting Question
Posted: Apr 20, 2017 2:05 PM   in response to: kathy27846 in response to: kathy27846
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Will it convert if you get rid of the acute? (It may be a flaw in Kindle Previewer.)

(I'm afraid the Kindle Previewer error message is above my payscale. Perhaps Hitch can suss it out.)

Good luck! -- NJ

The book: Notjohn's Guide to E-Book Formatting (and print as well!)

The blog: http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com

Edited by: Notjohn on Apr 20, 2017 2:06 PM
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Re: OPF and/or NCX Formatting Question
Posted: Apr 20, 2017 3:49 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Notjohn wrote:
Will it convert if you get rid of the acute? (It may be a flaw in Kindle Previewer.)

(I'm afraid the Kindle Previewer error message is above my payscale. Perhaps Hitch can suss it out.)

Good luck! -- NJ

The book: Notjohn's Guide to E-Book Formatting (and print as well!)

The blog: http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com

Edited by: Notjohn on Apr 20, 2017 2:06 PM


No, it still wouldn't convert without the acute. But it was worth a try, so thanks for the suggestion!
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Posted: Apr 20, 2017 4:44 PM   in response to: kathy27846 in response to: kathy27846
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kathy27846 wrote:
booknookbiz wrote:
kathy27846 wrote:
Hitch, I'm viewing the mobi file on my iPhone.

Another issue that has stumped me is the AZK issue. The Kindle Previewer > Utilities > Kindle for iOS button always gives me the message "Kindle Previewer is converting the book to azk. Please wait..." followed by a Windows message that "azkcreator.exe has stopped working/Windows can check online for a solution to the problem..." (I've also Googled this issue at length, but to no avail.)

Well, sorry--I can't troubleshoot your KPreviewer issues, but part of your problem is that you're viewing the MOBI, which pretty much looks nothing like your final file on an iOS. To work around the Previewer issue, for a moment, what does the acute letter look like, on the iOS emulator at the online Previewer?

What are you running? What version of Windows?

Hitch
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Thank you so much for trying to help me with this.

The online previewer only gives a device option choice among tablet, Kindle e-reader, or phone - I don't see where it lets you specify iOS. However the acute letter looks as it should look on the online previewer.

I'm using Windows 7.

ETA: I was just fooling with the Online Previewer again, and I realized that its accurate display of the accented letter in the title was simply because it copied the title from the title I had typed into the "Title" text box of the Kindle eBook Setup Details prior to running the draft manuscript through the Previewer. That title was actually displayed above and outside the Device tablet/phone simulations -- it was not part of the manuscript displayed on the Online Previewer "screen." There was no title displayed at all on the screen.

Edited by: kathy27846 on Apr 20, 2017 3:39 PM

Okay, wait:

Are you saying...I think I've misunderstood. I thought that you were attempting to make the Acute work in the body of the book. But that's not it--you're simply talking about the Metadata, and what appears in the running head? Is that right?

Firstly, what displays in the running head won't come, now, from your OPF. It comes from what you type in the title field--period. If all of this has been about what shows up in Previewer, based upon what you put in the title field in the meta, you've unfortunately invested a lot of time around something that ONLY matters while you're testing. If the running head looks right, in the online Previewer, now, it's probably fine.

Your problem is, while you can fix it in the OPF, using either the HTML entity, or the UTF-8, if the HTML doesn't work, you cannot do that in the Title field in the intake form. You are stuck using a pasted character. That may, or may not, work, when the book is live and on iOS devices. You can try to download the preview mobi, and then (again), convert it to AZK, using Previewer, and then sideloading that via wired iTunes-->iPad/iPhone-->Kindle 4 whatever, but it's still not certain, not until the book goes on sale.

Do you see what I'm saying?

IF you only mean, you gauged it as working, throughout the manuscript, just because you saw the title field, then, we're back to square one. BUT, from going back and re-reading your first post, I think you are just talking about your running head, is that right? Do you understand what I'm telling you, about the title field?

With regard to Kindle Previewer--which version are you attempting to run? 2.92? 3.0, or...?

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Re: OPF and/or NCX Formatting Question
Posted: Apr 21, 2017 10:24 AM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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booknookbiz wrote:
kathy27846 wrote:
booknookbiz wrote:
kathy27846 wrote:
Hitch, I'm viewing the mobi file on my iPhone.

Another issue that has stumped me is the AZK issue. The Kindle Previewer > Utilities > Kindle for iOS button always gives me the message "Kindle Previewer is converting the book to azk. Please wait..." followed by a Windows message that "azkcreator.exe has stopped working/Windows can check online for a solution to the problem..." (I've also Googled this issue at length, but to no avail.)

Well, sorry--I can't troubleshoot your KPreviewer issues, but part of your problem is that you're viewing the MOBI, which pretty much looks nothing like your final file on an iOS. To work around the Previewer issue, for a moment, what does the acute letter look like, on the iOS emulator at the online Previewer?

What are you running? What version of Windows?

Hitch
We produce eBooks
An Amazon Professional Conversion Service : http://amzn.to/29pWZSg
www.Booknook.Biz

Thank you so much for trying to help me with this.

The online previewer only gives a device option choice among tablet, Kindle e-reader, or phone - I don't see where it lets you specify iOS. However the acute letter looks as it should look on the online previewer.

I'm using Windows 7.

ETA: I was just fooling with the Online Previewer again, and I realized that its accurate display of the accented letter in the title was simply because it copied the title from the title I had typed into the "Title" text box of the Kindle eBook Setup Details prior to running the draft manuscript through the Previewer. That title was actually displayed above and outside the Device tablet/phone simulations -- it was not part of the manuscript displayed on the Online Previewer "screen." There was no title displayed at all on the screen.

Edited by: kathy27846 on Apr 20, 2017 3:39 PM

Okay, wait:

Are you saying...I think I've misunderstood. I thought that you were attempting to make the Acute work in the body of the book. But that's not it--you're simply talking about the Metadata, and what appears in the running head? Is that right?


Thanks again for trying to help me! Yes, that's correct -- I had no problem with book text, only with acute letter display in the running title on each page -- and then, only on my iPhone. But now I'm learning that the latter is related to the AZK problem I don't know how to solve.

Firstly, what displays in the running head won't come, now, from your OPF. It comes from what you type in the title field--period. If all of this has been about what shows up in Previewer, based upon what you put in the title field in the meta, you've unfortunately invested a lot of time around something that ONLY matters while you're testing. If the running head looks right, in the online Previewer, now, it's probably fine.

The bottom line is, the running title actually doesn't appear at all in the Online Previewer. The running title does appear, accurately, in the Kindle Previewer. It was only when I looked at the mobi file on my iPhone that the acute letter in the running title appeared as the html code instead of the letter. I had not been able to create an AZK version with the Kindle Previewer, or even know what that was, so didn't know why it was an issue.

Your problem is, while you can fix it in the OPF, using either the HTML entity, or the UTF-8, if the HTML doesn't work, you cannot do that in the Title field in the intake form. You are stuck using a pasted character. That may, or may not, work, when the book is live and on iOS devices. You can try to download the preview mobi, and then (again), convert it to AZK, using Previewer, and then sideloading that via wired iTunes-->iPad/iPhone-->Kindle 4 whatever, but it's still not certain, not until the book goes on sale.

Do you see what I'm saying?


Yes, I think so! But I don't know how to get around the Kindle Previewer not converting my file to AZK in the first place.


IF you only mean, you gauged it as working, throughout the manuscript, just because you saw the title field, then, we're back to square one. BUT, from going back and re-reading your first post, I think you are just talking about your running head, is that right? Do you understand what I'm telling you, about the title field?

With regard to Kindle Previewer--which version are you attempting to run? 2.92? 3.0, or...?


I'm using both the 2.94 and 3.9.0 (Beta) versions.

When trying to view Kindle for iOS on the 3.9.0 version, I got this message: Preview is not supported in this device mode for this book. You can export an AZK file using File->Export and side load to your iOS device to view this book. But I don't know where to get the AZK file in the first place.


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