[bksvol-discuss] Re: Concerns About A Book On Step 1

Would it be possible for someone who has Kurzweil and who would like to have 
these cookbooks to download them, convert them to RTF, and then upload them? 
It does seem like a shame that they are in a format that sighted people do 
not have and therefore can't give the sighted assistance needed.

Sue S.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bob" <rwiley@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 6:48 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Concerns About A Book On Step 1


You are so right Monica--and I've had two cups of coffee.

There is, as far as I know, no reason why books should be submitted in .kes
or .ark formats.

Ok, enough said--I guess I do need more coffee before I go on a rant.

Bob
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Monica Willyard" <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 5:36 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Concerns About A Book On Step 1


> Hi, everyone. Yesterday Elizabeth let us know that the book Chef
> M.D.'s Big Book of Culinary Medicine, by JOHN LA PUMA  and Rebecca
> Powell needs a sighted validater. Guess what! The book is in kes
> format. None of our sighted validaters can open it. This situation
> frustrates me because this is the kind of book that will be passed
> from blind volunteer to blind volunteer with no resolution. Why?
> Because only blind people can open it! I'm especially frustrated
> because Bookshare could resolve this easily with a policy change on
> file formats or by providing a converter at the time of upload. There
> are 11 more cookbooks like this, all in kes format. If sighted help is
> needed, it won't happen with these books since they aren't rtf files.
> Cookbooks are tough to scan and validate, and sighted help is usually
> needed somewhere along the way. Sighted people *don't* have Kurzweil
> because they don't need it, and it costs a thousand dollars. I'm not
> trying to bash the submitter here. I'm saying that this situation
> seems wasteful and silly to me. I know I can't change it, but it sure
> would be nice if everyone were required to submit in rtf since that's
> what all validaters can open and have to upload to Bookshare anyway.
> (sigh) Ok, I'm going to go and get some coffee.  Maybe I won't feel so
> grumpy then.
>
>
> -- 
> Monica Willyard
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