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Emma Kathryn

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Making links work in Sigil
Posted: Nov 11, 2017 1:08 AM
 
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Hi I've used "Notjohn's Guide to Ebook Formatting" to build an ebook in Sigil. (Yes, I've been to Notjohn's blog and asked a few too many questions!) The links in my book will not work. When I open the book in Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer it displays the TOC. But when I click on a chapter it never takes me there. It just keeps showing the TOC again. Could anyone tell me what am I doing wrong?
Donna St Felix

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Re: Making links work in Sigil
Posted: Nov 11, 2017 1:39 AM   in response to: Emma Kathryn in response to: Emma Kathryn
 
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Kindle digital book:

If you wrote your book in the program Word, you need to do the following:

(1) Type in the word Contents or Index where you are going to want your index.

(2) Highlight the area for each chapter (on the words) and Make sure you have chosen the index with NO page numbers as Kindle does not show page numbers. Click on 'Heading 1' under Styles for each chapter title.

(3) Put your mouse on the page where you want your table of contents to begin. Under the 'Reference' tab, click on Insert Index.

(4) When done, highlight the word you typed (Contents) and go to the 'Insert' tab. Click on 'Bookmark'. In the area that opens, type in, using small letters: toc and then click on add.

Test it out on a few random Word Documents until you understand the concept.
Emma Kathryn

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Re: Making links work in Sigil
Posted: Nov 11, 2017 4:02 AM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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Thanks Donna :)
writerbn

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Re: Making links work in Sigil
Posted: Nov 11, 2017 4:45 AM   in response to: Emma Kathryn in response to: Emma Kathryn
 
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Emma Kathryn wrote:
Hi I've used "Notjohn's Guide to Ebook Formatting" to build an ebook in Sigil. (Yes, I've been to Notjohn's blog and asked a few too many questions!) The links in my book will not work. When I open the book in Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer it displays the TOC. But when I click on a chapter it never takes me there. It just keeps showing the TOC again. Could anyone tell me what am I doing wrong?
How did you build the TOC? There are actually two types of TOC in an ePub: the HTML TOC and the toc.ncx file (which is used for the navigation menu). Sigil can generate both types for you, but you need to make sure that you have heading styles applied for your chapter titles.

Also, using a web browser to preview an ePub file is not the best idea. Just use Sigil's "Book" view, or use the free Kindle Previewer.
Emma Kathryn

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Re: Making links work in Sigil
Posted: Nov 11, 2017 5:06 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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Hi writerbn first I laid it out in html, and then much later when I saved it as a sigil document I also went through Tools, Table of Contents and Generate Table of Contents. It hasn't been working from the beginning of the process.
writerbn

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Posted: Nov 11, 2017 9:13 AM   in response to: Emma Kathryn in response to: Emma Kathryn
 
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Emma Kathryn wrote:
Hi writerbn first I laid it out in html, and then much later when I saved it as a sigil document I also went through Tools, Table of Contents and Generate Table of Contents. It hasn't been working from the beginning of the process.
Do you have each chapter in a separate HTML file within the ePub?

If you look at the HTML view for the TOC page, you should be able to see why the links aren't working.
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