I have been playing around with EPUB export in InDesign CS6. What surprised me the most is the missing CSS property. What's the reason to leave margin-top property out from the paragraph styles? Is this a feature, a bug or am I just doing something wrong? Others noticed this also?
Other thing which surprised me is the unit they use in margins. Earlier it was em but now it's pixel. Any way to change this?
A couple of us talked to the engineer who programs the EPUB for CS6 at PEPCON. He said, that originally it was intended as a feature, but, after hearing this reaction, they are considering it a bug, and expect it to be fixed, perhaps in the first bug fix of CS6.
Thank you for the answer! I must say it's a really weird decision to leave out important CSS property. Hope it will be fixed/changed asap! Also having em units back in margin properties would be superb.
I would definitely consider it a bug. As it is I have to manually edit the css output file to get spaces above headings and quotes after each .epub export. The current export provides an unacceptable result.
When I turned the computer on this morning it said updates were available: CS6 2.02, I believe-although I can't remember for sure or find that version listed now on any "About" screen. I just clicked "Yes" to update. I'm not sure why they arrived for me but not you. I did have a problem with Acrobat X quitting yesterday (another CS6 bug) and had to deactivate and reactivate the package to get Acrobat to work. Don't know it that would affect updates though. I have never seen any availabe when I checked.
Anyway, the first thing I tested after the updates I received were installed was the epub export and nothing had changed regarding top spacing. Seems like we either have to add bottom spacing on previous paragraphs, use forced line breaks, edit CSS files, or create in CS5.5. For me, the latter still seems the easiest way to create an e-book after creating the print book.
Yep we're still waiting for the CS6.0.x update.
Here's the recording of a webinar I did for Adobe (their Ask a CSPro series) a couple weeks ago where I covered the new EPUB features in InDesign CS6, including the new gotchas to watch out for.
What's New in InDesign CS6 for ePub
It might help. BTW in the recording, you should drag the slider on the bottom to about the 4:00 minute mark, which is when the presentation begins after some tech difficulties.
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