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Textboxes & Sidebars

Textboxes and sidebars, and other secondary content, should be moved to an appropriate place within the main narrative flow.

Textboxes and sidebars will be marked with the <sidebar> tag in DAISY XML.

Textboxes

Retain the text that is inside the textbox. This text should be placed at an appropriate location in the reading order. The textbox should not be inserted as a picture. The words “Textbox Starts" and "Textbox Ends" should be inserted at the start and end of the textbox contents. If a textbox contains a heading, it may be marked up as a heading if appropriate; otherwise leave it as normal paragraph text.

Retain the content that is inside the sidebar. The sidebar text should be placed at an appropriate location in the reading order. The words “Sidebar Starts" and "Sidebar Ends" should be inserted at the start and end of the sidebar contents. If a sidebar contains a heading, it may be marked up as a heading if appropriate; otherwise leave it as normal paragraph text.

Q & A

Q: When creating sidebars, I did not want to wrap the text in a way that would make the text lose its corresponding associated text, so I selected "In line with text" - all other options seemed to stay in one place no matter what happened with the rest of the text. Was this the correct thing to do? - Jenn

A: When incorporating sidebar content into the main body of the text, we take the contents (sometimes helps to clear formatting) and apply the normal body text style to it. We offset the contents with the text SIDEBAR STARTS and SIDEBAR ENDS. The sidebar content can also consist of a heading(s) if it makes sense to apply that hierarchy. Try to place the content somewhere within the main body so that there's a logical reading order.

Q: Generation X was initially designed in a way to use margins for definitions throughout the book as well as images, etc. I put the definitions in footnotes instead, for now - so they can still correspond with the correct sections of text. Is there a better method? (I kept the images in the main body of the text though - for the images that were just words, I typed the words in the main body).

A: Yes, in this case, it is appropriate to put the content that is in the margins into a note.

public/nnels/etext/textboxes_and_sidebars.txt · Last modified: 2018/08/16 22:06 (external edit)