----- Original Message ----- From: "Grandma Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2008 6:59 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] dealing with em dashes
Perhaps the solution for you who scan using Kurzweil is to put in the comments section that the em dashes might have disappeared and maybe that the book needs to be validated by a sighted person. Whether or not the book is taken by a sighted person, the validator is forwarned and will know to put in an em dash between run-together words if it sounds as if it belongs there. At least now I understand why I've seen, on occasion, what I've seen. smile G.Cindy --- liz halperin <lizzersagain@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:In 6 years of being a Bookshare volunteer I recall two on-going issues: the header/footer stripper issue and those danged em-dashes! They're the bane of many a scanner's existence! I hate the dang things and hate when I'm doing a book that has tons of them. Current book, even optimized, just deletes them and either runs words together or leaves a gaping hole. Good thing I only scan what I want to read anyway and can figure it out. I've a step up on many of you--no change that to a balancing item. I cannot understand speech on screen readers or cassettes or telephones, so I'm stuck on all this audio-only stuff I can't access (as in Friends of Bookshare). But I have enough vision left I can scan and visually read in huge fonts on Kurzweil, and check weird looking stuff with the original under my CCTV. Can't read more than 20-30 minutes visually without burnout but entertainment and marathon reading for hours via my BrailleNote braille display. Bookshare email lists. Back in the beginning I remember Bookshare-discuss for members. Volunteers were welcome of course, but nothing about scanning or validating was discussed. It was about books, collections, ideas, all kinds of things. There was Bookshare-announce, that only employees could post on, it was infrequent, with system-wide announcements, such as the site going off-line for maintenance, or lifting the 50 book per month ban, etc. Then there was the high volume volunteer-list. Here was everything about scanning. Scanners, software scanning programs, setting options on all of them, getting good scans, validating, the infamous em-dashes, which programs got picked up first off of step one (ark and kes files seemed to sit there forever), and so on. It was a very high volume list with lots of content. It seemed that Guido's name was every other post as he knew it all. Pratik was in there adding lots of advice and if you think he's young now, consider then! Cross-posting, especially about scanning stuff, was strongly frowned upon. After about a year and I half I quit the lists and just merrily went on my volunteer way. Why? For the same thing happening now: I find myself (own responsibility, not blaming anyone!) sucked into the maelstrom, even with lots of deleting, and spending the time here rather than on the actual scanning or editing thereof. Considering quitting the list again, just for that reason. With the orthopedic disability on top, I just spent far too much time typing this, when I could have been editing my recent scanning. Ah memories! Liz in Portland Liz Halperin Portland, OR lizzersagain@xxxxxxxxxxx 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.***WISH LIST (CALLED REQUESTED ADDITIONS TO THE BOOKSHARE COLLECTION)IS AVAILABLE AThttp://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/Book_Requests.htm http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/ http://studentpages.alma.edu/~07jmyate/book_requests.htmA LIST OF BOOKS CURRENTLY BEING SCANNED IS AVAILABLE AT http://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/scanning.htmlJake's site for useful links: http://www.jbrownell.com/bkslinks.html ____________________________________________________________________________________ Be a better friend, newshound, andknow-it-all with Yahoo! Mobile. Try it now. http://mobile.yahoo.com/;_ylt=Ahu06i62sR8HDtDypao8Wcj9tAcJTo unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxput 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.-- No virus found in this incoming message. Checked by AVG Free Edition.Version: 7.5.516 / Virus Database: 269.20.9/1294 - Release Date: 2/22/2008 6:39 PM
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