Hi, Ann. I really like your idea of designating books in the system that have picture descriptions. It could be useful both in making sure those descriptions aren't lost and for teachers wanting students to do assignments with picture descriptions. Your idea may be worth passing on to Pavi or Carrie for consideration. I think the validaters have a good idea of which books already have descriptions and could help Bookshare make a list. I would feel a lot more comfortable with that process than with the idea of having a Bookshare staff member read every book in the collection to see if it should be replaced. A staff member couldn't just use the Bookshare validation tool to tell her if a book is truly excellent because that tool only looks for obviously misspelled words. It can't look for the infamous die for the scanno or the torn for Tom error that plagues some of our books. It also can't handle the odd names in science fiction and some religious books. So I think having a designation for books with picture descriptions would help to preserve books that need it without bogging down the staff to process nearly 40,000 books. -- Monica Willyard Visit my blog at http://www.scannersguild.com On 8/9/08, Ann Parsons <akp@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > Hi Monica, > > Good idea. Talk is cheap. Facts prove generalizations. There ought > to be a disignation on books with picture descrptions so that people > will know about it. Maybe something in the title? Oh, lemme see, > something like The_Wind_in_the_Willows_PD. That would let folks know > that the book has been specially treated and needs to be kept. Shoot, > if we can have BSO books, we can have PD books too. Whatcha think? > > Regular novels and so on that are submitted by the publishers could > replace badly scanned books. > > What about handwritten passages in books. These do not show up in > regular printed text. Thinking of the handwriting on the map in Book > Three of The Harry Potter series. Will publishers make sure these > things are readable? I had a page like that in one of the Miss > Zukas's I was doing. Had to get a transcript and add it in. > > The concern about tables is valid as well. As the formatting for > tables and poetry going to be kept? > > Ann P. > > -- > Ann K. Parsons To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.