Hi, all.Here's what I do to protect chapter headings and page numbers when I validate.
I make sure the book title appears as the first line on the page before the page number or chapter title. Sometimes, if there's a blank line between the preceding page break and book title, the stripper will strip the blank line and leave the book title before the chapter number or title. But, of course, as with anything dealing with the infamous stripper, this isn't a hard or fast occurrence.
If the book has page numbers on the bottom I keep them as is. I put a blank line between the last line of text, and another one before the page break.
if the page number appears at the top of the page, I put a blank line immediately after the page break and then insert another one after the page number. I also insert a blank line after the last line of text on the preceding page if the page numbers are on the top just in case the stripper is feeling frisky that day.
In cases where page numbers appear at the top, even at the beginning of chapters, I insert the book title, then a blank line, then the page number followed by another blank line, and finally the chapter number or title.
As far as I can tell, this seems to keep page numbers from being gobbled by the stripper or winding up at the end of lines in HTML files. It also seems to preserve chapter titles.
I suppose I could use the word chapter or put asterisk or something before the chapter headings, but inserting the chapter title seems to work for me and the submitter.
I don't think there's going to be any set in stone rulings on how to preserve chapter titles or page numbers until the stripper is revamped or done away with completely.
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