Hi Mary, By any chance, was the original 98.57% rating due, in part, to the fact that capitalized words, words in all caps, and the like were set to be checked in the Ranked Spelling properties, so many character names or places (which were prevalent in the book) were displayed as errors because they were not in the dictionary? If so, did you happen to achieve the final 99.82% by setting all such words to be ignored throughout the document when you were going through the list of errors? I ask because Kurzweil 1000, as long as the file you're working with is in KES format, saves your list of ignored words along with the KES file once it has been saved; this list, however, is only applicable to KES files, so when you convert the file to RTF, that list is no longer associated with your RTF file, and no such list gets saved with the RTF file even when it is saved, so your rating goes back to the original when you re-check the RTF file. For instance, a book I just submitted originally had a rating of 98.47%, which was largely due to the fact that character names, which were found hundreds of times, were not in the dictionary. Even though I could have chosen to ignore capitalized words when performing a Ranked Spelling, I like to have them get checked in case a character name is consistently misspelled (for instance, if an L in a character's name is constantly misrecognized as an I), and I simply have the words ignored when I'm going through the list of errors. In any case, upon ignoring the first 20 words or so on the list of errors in this book (these 20 words were all character names and the like), my rating went up to something like 99.68% or thereabouts, and, because this book was in KES format at the time, my ignored list got saved with the file; even now, when I open that file, my rating isn't shown as the original 98.47%. When I converted this file to RTF, because that list of ignored words was no longer saved with the file, my rating was once again 98.47%; although I ignored the first 20 words again to get the 99.68% rating, after saving the RTF file and re-opening it, my rating was once again 98.47% in Ranked Spelling because the program saves such a list of ignored words only with KES files. If the scenario of ignoring capitalized and other such words didn't significantly contribute to your rating improvement, apologies that this, then, wouldn't have been incredibly useful, but otherwise, I hope it helps a bit. You're not doing anything wrong with your conversions; this is just the nature of how Ranked Spelling behaves in KES as opposed to other file types. HTH, Maria Skype: MariaKristic AIM: MCKristic Email/MSN: maria6289@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Google Talk: Maria.Kristic@xxxxxxxxx Yahoo Messenger: mariakristic@xxxxxxxxx -----Original Message----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mary Stephens Sent: Friday, December 21, 2007 11:31 AM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Validation problem Hello. I have been a lurker on this list off and on for some time and have validated a number of books. I recently began working with rank spelling and discovered a problem which I am afraid I may have had all along without realizing. I download RTF files into Kurzweil version 11; then change to KES for validating; then change back to RTF to upload. For my most recent book, which I have not yet uploaded, I had an original rank spelling of 98.57. After validating, it was 99.82. I checked again after changing back to RTF, and rank spelling had reverted to the original 98.57. What am I doing wrong in changing formats? What made me think of checking this was when I uploaded one of the recently added books from BookShare which had a rating of Excellent. There were many errors. When I checked its rank spelling, it showed 94.5--obviously not excellent rating. If anyone can straighten me out on this, I would appreciate it. Thanks. Mary Stephens 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.