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Repeating of graphics make file huge!

SueG Hi, can you help me? I am creating my web pages using word 2000, saving as a web page in the save as dialog box. Each page has the same graphics forming a menu.
But each page saved creates all the graphics again, which I don't need as each menu is the same, but if I delete them then my graphics don't show on each page.

This is making my book a very large file  - is there anyway around this?

Posted on: 6:42 am on October 16, 2001
EBookCompiler Hi SueG

There's a few things you can do depending on how tricky you want to get

1. A simple thing that in my experience helps a lot on Word files is to open each graphic in your paint program (it needs to read GIFs or JPEGs or whatever format your graphics are in).  Then save, and optionally resize them before saving.

I have found that Word is not very clever about maximizing the compression on graphics, so this does help

Also I have found if you have photographs, they may actually be much bigger in size (I mean dimensions) than needed in the final ebook, which inflates the size of the graphics.  So resizing can help too.

2. This is a little harder, but works good.

If you're not sure of what you're doing, do this on a COPY of your work rather than the originals.

Open each HTML file in a text editor (Notepad, DOS edit etc.)

Search for SRC= and BACKGROUND=

These are HTML codes for links to graphics

If you have the same graphic appear under different names in different files (use the Paint program to see what each graphic is before you start and maybe make some notes)

Then you can change all the HTML files to contain the name of the same graphic file, and remove the extra copies of that file.

3. This is truly sneaky, but is hardest of all

You might want to try step 2 first, and as before work on a copy of your work.

Use Notepad to find the block of HTML code that corresponds to the menu which occurs on each page

Cut out that block into a separate file, outside your source file, and save just that block, save into mymenu.htm

Now go back into each HTML source file and whereever that block of code occurs, put [={MyMenu}]  (case sensitive)

Now go into Activ E-Book Compiler and Add a variable called MyMenu and make it include an HTML fragment, the fragment being the menu.htm file

Finally use the menu option on Edit to turn the PreProcessor on for all files.

When doing this the best thing to do is to do it slowly, step-by-step

After each step, save a copy of all your files, so if the next step goes wrong, you can go back to the previous step without having to start over

Posted on: 3:30 pm on October 16, 2001
SueG Hi Sunnil, thanks for the advice. I also found a really easy way to deal with this, I thought it might be useful for others.

When inserting a picture using word 2000, when you have selected the picture from the source file, instead of just clicking insert, use the drop down menu there and select "link to file". This will then keep using the same picture and not give you multiple image files.

Don't use the "insert and Link" option - this will not give you the desired results.

Hope this helps any other users.

Posted on: 9:11 pm on October 16, 2001
EBookCompiler Very clever!

Actually I think this generates the same HTML code as my option 2 - but your version is much nicer and easier to do

Posted on: 12:28 am on October 18, 2001

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