Hi Cindy,Thanks so much for the explanation. When I was proofing a book that had this in it, using JAWS, every time one of these appeared, it sounded as if there was a question mark there. It drove me crazy, and I really loved the book! As I cursored through the word (instead of reading it) the character after the letter did not sound with JAWS. That's how I knew that it wasn't American English. I figured that the OCR did it because there was a different font wich the software didn't know how to handle. Anyway, it was easy to fix. With a phrase like "John's house' for example, I would copy the letter n and then the non-sounding character, put it in the find and replace's find, then put the normal apostrophe and letter n in the replace box. That would take care of all the n's in my file. Have a great day!
Marty-----Original Message----- From: Cindy
Sent: Friday, July 27, 2012 9:50 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: proofreading questionsMarty, the penultimate is the net-to-last (I didn't know what it was either until my husband used it and explained to me. For example, the letter Y is the penultimate letter of the alphabet. In John's case, the apostrophe that should be between the letter n and the letter s is actually above the letter n. I know no of no way to change it except by deleting it where it is and placing it where it belongs, but I can't imagine that it's a big problem for readers, unless it is a problem for Braille readers or people who read by listening.
--- On Fri, 7/27/12, Martha Rafter <mlhr@xxxxxxx> wrote:
From: Martha Rafter <mlhr@xxxxxxx> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: proofreading questions To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Date: Friday, July 27, 2012, 10:10 AM Hi John, I'm not really sure about the term penultimate, but following this thread reminds me of something I came across a while ago. While proofing I kept coming across something that was not American English in a book that was written in American english. To me with my JAWS, the word sounded as if there was a question mark after it. Anyway, this is what I did: As I came across each of these characters, I copied them, then opened 'find and replace,' pasted the character in the find box and put what I knew it was supposed to be in the replace. I then did a 'replace all.' I did this in my initial read-through each time I found one. I sure hope that this makes sense. If it doesn't, ask again and I will try again. Marty -----Original Message----- From: Cindy Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2012 11:18 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: proofreading questions I wonder if it's necessary to re-place that apostrophe that is over the penultimate letter rather than after it, where it belongs. That is something someone who listens or uses Braille to rad will have to say; to a sighted person it's very clear what it is. Cindy --- On Thu, 7/26/12, Judy s. <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: From: Judy s. <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: proofreading questions To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Date: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 6:03 PM Hi John, I can answer the bit about books.google.com. It's unlikely that you would want to change your page breaks in the scanned version .rtf to match the Google copy. Your edition is probably a totally different edition than the one that is on google books. I run into this all the time. Books can have 20 or 30 different editions, or even more, and the pagination will be different on each edition. The missing dash problem could have from a whole bunch of causes. I don't have a fix for you as a proofreader to handle that easily, unless there is a specific consistent pattern you can use to do a 'search and replace' for the missing em dashes. One idea from the pattern you are seeing is to just do a search for space space and then replace each of these that appear to be a missing em dash with a hyphen hypen, Someone else here may have a better idea, though. I'm also a sighted volunteer with limitations that don't allow me to manipulate a print book. There are a few of us in that boat that are volunteers here. I use google book and amazon peek both when available, and when I can't get an answer I need there or from the person who scanned the book I ask on the list if someone can find the book and scan the page and send it to me. Hope that helps, Judy s. On 7/26/2012 7:06 PM, John Simpson wrote: I have several questions about the book that I am currently proofing. First off, words that are followed by an "'s" have the apostrsphe over the penultimate letter (e.g. Martin̓s). While this is not a showstopper, it does require a fair amount of corrections. I guess my question is what causes this kind of construction? Is it a function of the scan volunteer, the scanner hardware, or the OCR software? Secondly, I have gone to books.google.com to take a look at this book. My question here is whether Google has a fair representation of the book. I know that all but one page are present, but within the first several chapters, the page breaks in the scanned version .rtf are not in the same place as they are in Google's copy. I certainly don't want to have to go through the entire book changing pagination based on Google. I do have a hold at my local library for the print copy that will help answer this question. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated. The third question is that in the scanned version that I have from BookShare there are frequent instances of two spaces, rather than one. The sense of the book is that there should be a comma where the first space is. However, when looking at the Google version, this separator is an m dash surrounded by spaces. All of these dashes have been removed. Again, my question is whether this is a function of the scan volunteer the scanner hardware or the OCR software. Again, I do not wish to go through the entire print book looking for dashes that I need to replace, or even to do a find on two spaces and see if the meeting indicates a dash. I am a sighted volunteer with physical limitations that do not allow me to manipulate a print book. While I don't mind getting occasional assistance to go to a specific page to verify my proofreading, I'm not able to scan a print book and compare my scan to the BookShare .rtf version. If the Google representation is accurate relative to the print book, I will be happy to use that as a resource wherever possible. Thanks for any and all suggestions. John Simpson 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. 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.
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