[bksvol-discuss] Re: Bookshare Daisy files maintain Bolding, Font point sizes, Italics, and more

Hi Mayrie,

Font changes in style are definitely not preserved currently. Bookshare's CSS style sheet for the DAISY XML files forces the font to be the font style "arial." However, and maybe this is just me reading non-existent tea leaves here, this does leave the door open, since Bookshare keeps the rtf files, for font style changes to be maintained in the future.

Judy
Mayrie ReNae wrote:
HI Judy,

I was under the impression that font changes in style, say from Times New
Roman to Ariel are not preserved in bookshare's daisy books.  Can you speak
to this?  I was given to understand that bookshare's tools use a single font
in all books, of course preserving the things that you listed, which is very
simple, with few serifs, something like Ariel.  So, if we have two or more
different font types, those won't be preserved.  Do you know if this is
accurate information?

Mayrie

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Hi all,

With a lot of the questioning about what the DAISY files keep from the rft,
I wanted to confirm the following from my own experiences.  When the
Bookshare tools translate a rtf into the DAISY files and the associated XML
files that a sighted Bookshare member might read they always maintain:

1. Bolding
2. Font Point sizes
3. Italics
4. Tables (tables that were creates as true tables, using the Word tables
tools, for example).
5. Ordered and unordered lists
6. page numbering and pagination

I'd like to take a moment to really thank all the volunteers who are working
to keep these attributes in the books they scan, even when those attributes
don't make any difference to their own reading and can be hard to
understand.  smile.

For someone who is sighted, a book with all these attributes stripped out is
like listening to a symphony where every member plays every instrument at
the same volume, without any variation, all the way through. You can listen
to it, and still enjoy the music. However, you've definitely lost some parts
of what the composer intended to convey and might not be able to notice a
theme that the oboes are repeating because the deep brass are drowning them
out.  grin.

Judy s.

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