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On Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:53:00 +0200, Christian Lohmaier
<> wrote:
Hi Ben, *,

On Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 11:42 AM, Ben McGinnes <>
On 25/04/11 7:11 PM, drew wrote:

As far as LibreOffice being a display client for ebooks, I would
agree it is not in scope.

However, should LibreOffice have support for producing documents
targeted to eReaders? I don't know maybe, probably.

The writer2epub extension does a reasonably good job of that already,
although I'd follow it up with editing in Sigil and probably final
tweaking in Calibre.

There is also - in case your reader
supports the daisy format.

Other than that: what would be a special requirement for eReaders? I
know PDF is suboptimal because it needs to scale to the display
screen. (...)

I don't know what software is used on eReaders, but Adobe Reader on the
desktop supports reflow when you zoom in: press Crtl+4 (or go to View ->
Zoom -> Reflow in the menus). To zoom in, simply press Crtl++ (like in many
current browsers). Note that this requires "tagged PDF". LibreOffice can
output tagged PDF when you check that option in the PDF Options dialog that
is displayed when you choose "Export as PDF...". 
Adobe Reader has more accessibility options under Edit > Preferences >
Accessibility; for example: "Always use Zoom Setting", and "Replace
Document Colors" (which allows users to override the colours defined by the
So when you use properly tagged PDF, is is probably not the format itself
that is at fault but the reader (=software).

Best regards,


Christophe Strobbe
K.U.Leuven - Dept. of Electrical Engineering - SCD
Research Group on Document Architectures
Kasteelpark Arenberg 10 bus 2442
B-3001 Leuven-Heverlee
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