[bksvol-discuss] Re: Credit Suggestion

Sorry, I thought I was replying privately.

Melissa Smith


On 5/10/2010 7:13 AM, Melissa Smith wrote:
I'll check this out. I've looked on there before, but not recently. Admittedly, though, they would have to be really cheap for me to consider purchasing one at the moment.

Melissa Smith


On 5/9/2010 3:14 PM, Debby Franson wrote:
Hi Melissa!

I just got on eBay and did a search for braille display to see what would come up, and that is as far as I went. There are seven offers for different things in quite a range of prices.

Here is my search page in case you are a member of eBay as I am or would just like to see what I found.

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m570.l1313&_nkw=braille+display&_sacat=See-All-Categories

Debby

At 06:16 PM 5/7/2010, Melissa Smith wrote
True on bullets, which is why we are told to replace them with asterisks. Hopefully all proofers are doing this. I would much prefer to proof with braille. If I could only afford a Braille display or notetaker with Braille. I have my screen reader set to read math and miscellaneous punctuation, as that seems to be where the biggest problems are. This setting includes quotes, apostrophes, those fraction symbols, bullets, etc. About the only things it doesn't cover is periods, comas, question marks and exclamation marks. The basic punctuation. If something doesn't sound like it flows quite right, I use my arrow keys to check and see if there is something with punctuation that is messing it up. It was very distracting at first, but I did get used to it.


Melissa Smith


On 5/7/2010 6:06 PM, Andromache wrote:
Yes, the symbols for the fractions do not show up well at all on a display. Neither do bullets.

Andromache

P.S. How do those with no Braille display do proofing? Set the screen reader to all punctuation? I prefer Braille, because I like tactile feedback and much prefer to see words than to be read to. Also helps to keep my spelling skills sharp. But I find that all punctuation is a very distracting way to read.

On 5/7/2010 5:35 AM, Debby Franson wrote:
Hi Jill and everyone!

Whenever I have submitted a cookbook, I have made sure all fractions are correct. I have wondered how accurate other Bookshare cookbooks were until joining this list when I have found that many volunteers take care to correct the scanos, since fractions are usually horrible for OCR to get right.

The first cookbook I downloaded years ago was "The I Hate to Cook" cookbook. The fractions were not written as 1/2 and 1/4 but the higher ASCII characters for those fractions, so, unless I was left' or right-arrowing over those fractions, Window-Eyes ignored them entirely, so I hope that people always use the 1/2 and 1/4 form of the fractions so they are read rather than ignored by synthetic speech.. I suspect those higher ASCII characters don't show up well on a braille display either. Am I right? Here they are to test:

¼ ½

Debby

At 09:46 PM 5/6/2010, Jill O'Connell wrote
I hope you sent your suggestion to the volunteer coordinator where it might possibly do some good. It is really disappointing to download a recipe book and find it virtually unreadable.
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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Credit Suggestion

If only the outsourcers did as fine a job as many of the scanners and proofers on this list. I don't know how many books I've read, that were done by the outsourcers, that were poorly done. I do make quality reports when warranted. Not to mention the fact that, I was told a few months ago by Bookshare staff, that the outsourcers wouldn't be working on any more cookbooks.


Melissa Smith
On 5/6/2010 5:31 PM, Jamie Yates, CPhT wrote:
One idea is to let the more complicated books be handled by staff/outsourcers.

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