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Using Drop Caps

 »Using Drop Caps at the beginning of Paragraphs
 
bostons4u I was wondering if anyone has had a problem with drop caps.  I am in the finishing touches of my ebook and I thought that a drop cap at the beginning of each chapter would look nice.  I am using word right now.  I was wondering if there were any problems when I go to put it on adobe or one of these softwares.  I heard you're not suppose to use underlines.

Posted on: 11:40 pm on December 13, 2005
Storyman Hi Boston4u,

Drop caps are a nice touch. If you were designing a web site there would be a problem getting something like drop caps to work in all browsers. Fortunately, IE is the only browser you need to concern yourself with since that is the one that Activ uses to display the ebook. So, if it works in IE it will work.

For anyone working with CSS the solution for drop caps is to use :first-letter pseudo-element. I can't say for certain which browsers it works with (if any).

You can find out more here: http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/selector.html#x52

Scroll down to section: 5.12.2 The :first-letter pseudo-element.

Here is another source: http://www.w3c.rl.ac.uk/primers/css/cssprimer.htm#c10p4

According to this souce it was available in IE 5.5.

If you aren't familar with CSS this is NOT a good place to start.


(Edited by Storyman at 9:12 am on Dec. 14, 2005)


Posted on: 4:59 pm on December 14, 2005
bostons4u Thanks for your help.  Now I am confused about the drop cap.  I put one on Chapter one.  Looks real nice.  Then tried to do it for chapter two and when I go to the format "drop cap" is not lit up or darkened as if I could use that option.  I didn't do anything different as I have used drop caps for years in various essays.  The chapters are all separated from one another, in case this would be your next question.

Posted on: 8:08 pm on December 14, 2005
Storyman Hi Bostons4u,

You have the advantage over me on Word since I never use it to create HTML or special effects that go into an ebook.

What I'd recommend is that you export the section that does work from Word to HTML, then look at the code used to make the drop-cap work. It should be a simple matter of duplicating the HTML code for the each chapter--I say 'should' because I never find anything works as expected in exporting HTML form Word. Then again a lot of people swear by it.

The only other work around that immediately comes to mind is to use a graphic of the letter.


Posted on: 8:43 pm on December 14, 2005

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