4.6 Navigation Cleanup
Making Ebooks with InDesign: Module 4, Step 6
Making Ebooks with InDesign: Module 4, Step 5
InDesign to EPUB
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Add an <hr /> tag to denote an editorial space or context break. Often in ebooks that I encounter in the wild, an editorial break is marked only by space created in CSS — that is, some kind of no-indent-space-above style sheet that creates the desired space but doesn’t communicate the semantic meaning of the context break. Sometimes there is a dingbat of some sort, maybe marked as decorative maybe not.
In order to communicate to assistive technologies that this is a break worthy of a pause, you will need to add <hr /> to those breaks. You can regex this into place: find <p class=”noindent”> replace it with <hr /><p class=”noindent”>, for example.
If you want that editorial space to have a dingbat of some sort, you can give that field a class: <hr class=”dbat”/>. And then add some CSS to the style that break.
background: transparent url(“../image/dbat.png”) no-repeat center;
background-size: 2.5em 1.25em;
It’s also possible to have a fake asterism, as seen in this snippet. In this case the text — that is the asterisks — are live but are buried in a <div> with the appropriate semantics applied.
<div class=”asterism” role=”separator” aria-label=”Interlude”>
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Adjust as necessary to suit your content. I generally recommend JPEGs for images in ebooks, but using a PNG for a dingbat with a transparent background will work better here.