Two column, parallel text, epub, Is it possible?

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I am trying to make a dual-language ebook. I'd like it to be typeset in two columns with one language on the left and the other on the right.

Is this possible with the epub specs?

2012-04-03 23:24
by jlconlin


It is quite possible, with two different ways:

  1. Columns (used by wikisource epub export):
  2. Interlinear:
    • Using a simple css trick (display:inline-table) you can have different lines / words one under the other.
    • I have made a chinese version with chinese, pinyin and translation quite easily.

Hope this helps.

2013-04-07 17:36
by Francois
Can you give me a simple example of the two? I'm currently just trying to get it to work with HTML/CSS, but I don't know HTML or CSS. Once I have that figured out, I can try to put it into an epub - jlconlin 2013-04-08 17:07


I'd use a simple table.

If you were thinking about CSS columns property : it is unreliable on iBooks and not even implemented on ADE based devices.

2012-04-03 23:30
by fbdcw