[bksvol-discuss] Re: problem noted across books and proofers and software engines

Hi, Valerie.
I know how to fix split paragraphs in Word but I have no idea how to catch the 
paragraphs that run together, aside from the 
lines of dialogue.
Sorry.  I'll let you know if I figure anything out regarding this.
Christina

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Valerie Maples" <vlmaples@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2010 4:50 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] problem noted across books and proofers and software 
engines


I don't want to stir up a hornet's nest, and my guess is it is virtually out of 
our control, but I am routinely noticing a 
problem  across books and proofers and software engines when I proof with book 
in hand.  Some will be caught by extremely 
alert proof-readers, but many would not.  The big problem I am seeing even from 
the best scans, quality scanners and good 
prep, combined paragraphs and separated paragraphs are a fairly common 
occurrence.  Obviously it has little impact on the 
many who convert to audio, but it is a big issue for people who read text 
visually, especially dyslexics like me who get cues 
and attribution of quotes by paragraphing and develop continuity of ideas in 
its presentation.

The only run together paragraph suspect that is easy to identify is if you see 
a quote mark/space/quote mark since that is 
usually two sets of quotes that should have a carriage return between them.

Am I (and others who produce high quality scans) missing something we can alter 
in our settings to prevent this from 
happening.  And, are there other easy ways besides my current paragraph by 
paragraph matching to identify other run together 
paragraphs?  Split paragraphs are easier to pick out, but they are an issue at 
times, too.

I am a numbers geek and at first thought It was just me getting confused as I 
read, but then I realized it was happening.  I 
sampled three good scanners work and saw as few as 20 occurrences in a 130 page 
book to a high of 88 in a 257 page book. 
That can really muddle the mind of a struggling learner, especially when quote 
attribution becomes ambiguous.

Any suggestions or comments are appreciated.

Valerie


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