Page Break with RTF

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12 Apr, 2012 04:18 PM

None of the page break preferences seem to work in RTF. Would it be possible to make that happen? Really, just any way to force page breaks between chapters? This is something that I can't seem to get working in any MMD tool, including Scriv. I have some limited CSS ability if that is the only option.

Or if you're planning to implement ODF export, page break options there would work too...

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Brett on 12 Apr, 2012 04:54 PM

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    CSS pagebreaks aren't recognized in RTF output. You have to paste or open the RTF in a word processor and print from there.

  2. 2 Posted by jonnyskov on 12 Apr, 2012 05:06 PM

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    I tried Save as RTF, then opened in Word. Still no page breaks. Or is this something that only shows up on printing?

    Basically, I'm trying to get it to a format my publisher will accept without a lot of manual post conversion tweaking in Word. That includes that it be in either RTF or DOC format (sadly) and that Parts and Chapters have page breaks. I've had some success in cobbling together XML to pass through metadata for ODF Header export that defines page breaks in H1's and H2's. But it's messy and still requires some post-conversion tweaking.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Brett on 12 Apr, 2012 05:30 PM

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    I'm afraid I don't know enough about RTF to be sure there are even page break options available in the export. All I know is that Marked can't convert CSS page breaks to anything that will automatically translate in RTF. Your ODF approach sounds feasible, and I don't think there's going to be any way around some post-output manipulation in Word.

    If I can come up with a better answer, I'll let you know.

  4. 4 Posted by jonnyskov on 12 Apr, 2012 05:41 PM

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    I don't mind a little tweaking, but inserting 30 manual page breaks every time I export, in addition to the page headings and such that are unavoidable, is fairly tedious.

    Back in ye olde MMD2 days, I just had the RTF tag \page inserted before each H1 or H2 in the XSLT file. But that kind of broke down with MMD3.

    Ah well. Thanks for your time. I've already pestered Fletcher about this also. I realize I'm probably an extreme corner case for your users. Most authors would rather continue to slog through Word than muck around with even the simplest markup language. If you think of anything, though, please let me know.

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