- the table fills the iPad space, ignoring the typical iBooks margins,
- the regular navigational and presentation features disappear, so you can't move directly to the next page, or change the font or font-size
- if the table doesn't fit in the space, you can pan down or to the right to see the rest of it
- double-clicking the table or clicking Done in the upper-right corner returns you to where you were
- although tables are a natural use for new windows, you can put anything in one
And here is what it looks like in its own window (ah!):
You can pan down to see the lower part of the table:
And when you tilt the iPad vertically, the table resizes to fit:
Since tables are really hard to show well in iBooks (or any ereader), this is a really welcome development. Now, any time you have a complicated table, instead of risking having it mangled, you can just have it show up in its own neat window, and be sure your readers will be able to see it properly.
How do you do it? You simply go into the content.opf file and in the spine section add
linear="no"to the document that should open in its own window. Remember that the
spineis the place where you define the order of the documents in your ebook. I have complete details about the content.opf file, and the spine in particular, in my book, EPUB Straight to the Point.
I've found that the text in the new window is smaller by default than text in the regular book pages. Again, it is not affected by the text size choice of the reader, so you have to make sure you set it big enough to start with.
You can download my sample EPUB file and look at the code. It's published with a Share Alike and Give Attribution Creative commons license. You'll notice that ePubCheck complains that I didn't fix the Wikipedia footnotes and that I didn't get rid of the iTunesMetadata.plist file. But I'm running out of time and wanted to get this up today. I'll fix those minor things later.
It feels like there's a lot we can do with us. I'd love to hear about what you create!
If you like this article, consider buying my book. It's a great foundation for all things EPUB.