[bksvol-discuss] Re: Missing chapter headings

Monica, this is very interesting. I have been removing extra spaces by hand
because they annoy me. I've also seen places where spaces are at the
beginnings of lines of text. Will the stripper also remove them? As for page
numbers, I have some books here with them at the bottoms of pages. I'm just
going to leave them that way to see what happens when I submit them.
Granted, the proofer may move them, but we shall see. I'll also watch a book
when it has them at the bottoms of pages when I am proofing instead of
scanning.


 
-Alyssa

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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Missing chapter headings

Bob, we'd be miserable if they took away the stripper. It does a lot of
things for us that would make reading even more uncomfortable if we didn't
have it. It doesn't only strip headers. Did you all know that if you put
chapter headings or story titles in a larger font than the normal text, the
new stripper will recognize them as chapter or story titles and will make
them sections that can be navigated in the daisy files? It makes moving by
chapter or finding something in the table of contents much easier. The new
stripper also recognizes the word "chapter" on the first line of text and is
coded so that it won't strip that line. So you don't have to use a line of
asterisks or write the word chapter and then write chapter 1 on the next
line. You can just write chapter one on the top line. The stripper removes
excessive spaces between words in our books, strips out extra blank lines,
numbers pages for daisy navigation, and converts the odd quote marks that
Openbook makes into standard quotation marks. I agree with Mayrie that it's
a pain to work with when you have a book with page numbers at the bottoms of
pages or where the first page of a story has no number. That's why the
ability to recognize a larger font or the word "chapter" was put in place. I
generally go ahead and number the page in question to make sure it's
processed correctly since the stripper would just number it anyway. If all
of our proofreaders were as careful and thorough as Mayrie, Jill, and others
we wouldn't really need a stripper. Without Braille access, there's no way a
proofreader using speech could remove the extra spaces, lines, and other
formatting scannos by hand. Even using Braille, it takes forever. Kt's not
perfect, but it's much better than the tool we had before. The staff are
open to input too if there is a way to make the stripper better.

Monica Willyard
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Peter Drucker

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