[bksvol-discuss] Re: a really tough decision to make...

HI Doug,

        When you formatted the tables, did you use Word's tool to create an
actual table, or did you arrange the text on the screen with tabs and
spaces?  I ask, because knowing exactly what you did will tell us how to
help, and whether to report this problem as a bug to engineering.

        If you used Word's "text to table" tool and actually created tables
in Word, then we definitely have a problem that needs to be talked to
engineering about.  If you used tabs and spaces to create what visually
appeared to be a table, I unfortunately understand why the conversion tools
that bookshare uses trashed your work.  I grieve the loss right along with
you, and wish, as I said to Valerie, that we'd somehow communicated that
tabs and extra spaces are stripped by bookshare's conversion tools, as well
as any alterations in margin width, and blank lines.  

Does any of that make sense?  If the conversion to tables in Word is
resulting in something that is being trashed, we definitely need to tell
engineering.

        I am so, so sorry that your guys' hard work isn't being preserved!
I know how frustrating that is!

Mayrie

 

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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Doug Maples
Sent: Sunday, November 01, 2009 6:59 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: a really tough decision to make... 

Lynnsky,

After Valerie brought this to my attention, I went back to a couple of books
that I have proofed and checked them out to see what the final product looks
like after it has been run through Bookshare. I proofed the book Financial
Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey and there were many, many worksheets at the
end of the book. I also spent hours and hours formatting the tables for
these worksheets, and then when I checked out the book all about work was
gone. These worksheets are now worthless. You are unable to line up any
columns with headings, because all of the spaces more than 1 between words
is deleted. All of my work was done in Word. So, our formatting is not
preserved.

I do feel bad for anyone who checks out a book and is unable to make sense
of it because the formatting has been radically changed from what the
original book looked like. They all formatted these books for a reason, but
that doesn't seem to matter. When someone is reading a book the structure of
the text is very important, especially for the kids as Valerie described.

-- Doug

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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Lynn I
Sent: Sunday, November 01, 2009 8:39 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: a really tough decision to make... 

Hi Valerie!

I'm so sorry for what you're going through. Our time as volunteers is
valuable too.

I believe that tables formatted using Word are preserved. Someone can
correct me if I'm wrong about this.

Blessings.

Lynnsky

----- Original Message -----
From: "Valerie Maples" <vlmaples@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, November 01, 2009 8:15 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] a really tough decision to make...


I had been investing hours and hours in a book,  10 Days to Self
Esteem that has many,  many tables.   Is it even worth submitting
since there will be no way to preserve the checklists and tables?

I am not seeking sympathy and I am not hurt in that sense,  but why
waste time if nothing can be done to present the information in a way
it can be retained?   Or am I missing a tool that would work for that?

Valerie


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