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How about creating the text with the Chapter Title paragraph style, and placing it behind the picture (the visual chapter title). The text would be used to create the TOC. Or you could make the text Paper colored and/or non-printing.
Hi Steve. Thanks for your suggestions.
I tried pasting the image on top of the text which looks fine in InDesign but when converted into an epub, depending on where exactly I place the end of page marker #, the text shows and the image displays on the following page or preceeding page but never on top of the text.
Your second idea will work. That is making the text paper-coloured so I could put invisible text first, then the image would be all that can be seen on the epub page, although it would be pushed one line down, although this could be reduced by using the smallest size font possible. -But I can't use that with my current project because for some chapter titles I want standard text and I don't think you can have two styles that are used to make Chapter Titles?
What about making a character style to apply to the chapter titles you want to "hide"? That way they can keep the same paragraph style.
I don't do epubs, but my instinct is it will be better to use a non-printing tag than to modify printing text to make it invisible. First, I hate invisible text precisely becsaue you can't see it and you forget where it is. That usually bites you during deting at some future time, especially if the editor is not the one who did the original work. Second, invisible, but printing, text takes up space in the final output. Non-printing text occupies no space.
This might be a good use for condition text, as well.