[bksvol-discuss] Re: Any easy way in Word to convert book submitted as two-column rtf ?

Sorry. The only thing I've found to do in that situation is to copy and paste 
sentences and parts of sentences onto a new word file and then when I've come 
to the place where they belong I copy from that file and past them where they 
belong. But it's time-consuming, and I don't recommend it unless you're 
interested in the story and want to continue proofing it or are as compulsive 
as I. I recommend rejecting it with the explanation of the problem.
Cindy
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--- On Sat, 3/13/10, Judy s. <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: Judy s. <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Any easy way in Word to convert book submitted as 
> two-column rtf ?
> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Saturday, March 13, 2010, 12:57 PM
> I'm proofreading a young adult novel
> that's really had me frustrated.
> 
> Every page is really two pages.  They obviously
> scanned it two pages at a time, and when it was OCRed they
> didn't convert it correctly.  It ended up as every
> "page" in the rtf really being two pages, coded in word as
> two side-by-side columns.
> 
> The book has zero page breaks. They are all section breaks,
> which are usually easy to convert.  In this case, when
> I convert them, it runs the two columns (that are really two
> separate pages, side by side) together. On top of that, it
> gives me a book that is one long column and only one letter
> wide! Then, it still has a kind of section break that's
> occurring on pages that have footnotes that I've never seen
> before. The ^b command does not find those, and I can't get
> Word to copy them so I can't figure out an ascii code for
> them that way.  I can't delete them easily, either.
> I've had to go through the book by visually looking for
> them, putting a blank line before and after them,
> highlighting that little section, and then deleting it. I
> did a google search, and haven't come up with a code for it
> either.
> 
> Has anyone found a way using Word to easily convert a book
> like this into text that correctly has the pages one after
> another instead of side by side? Highlighting the entire
> book and removing the columns didn't work. I tried that
> several different ways.
> 
> I figured out a messy brute-force way to do it finally, by
> grabbing all the text and dumping it into a new rtf file as
> a special paste with no formatting.  That gives me the
> text pretty much correctly (not completely - sometimes the
> columns are still intermingled), but I have to put in all
> the page breaks individually now.  That isn't too bad,
> because it was missing half of the page breaks
> anyways.  However, I can only find the missing ones by
> comparing the original rtf visually with my new rtf since
> half of the page numbers are missing.  Yuck.
> 
> Any thoughts on other ways to do this are welcome! 
> The scan, by the way, is beautiful to look at if you are
> sighted.  It is an exact match to what the book must
> have looked like in printed form.  But it's totally
> wrong for what we need!  It's been checked out and
> released by several volunteers before me, and I sure know
> why! smile.
> 
> Judy s.
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