[bksvol-discuss] Re: submit better copy

Cindy,

As we've discussed before, Kurzweil 1000 merely has a few more approaches to using a standard spell checker than does other programs. Rank Spelling for instance, simply orders the words the spell checker finds by the number of times they occur in the document. There's really nothing else different about the feature.

So, no, no, no, and no, Kurzweil won't find words that are split, words that are missing, and will not catch numbers in the place of the letter I when it stands alone (ie it's the pronoun, but it would find something like m1ddle).

The quality rater BookShare users is very similar, and won't catch any of those mistakes either. One of the reasons books get a higher quality rating than they might otherwise deserve. Validators should be aware of this and if the book contains several areas that have these types of mistakes, should adjust the rating accordingly. Or, if numerous enough, ask themselves why they are accepting the book in its current condition.

Jake
----- Original Message ----- From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 2:18 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] submit better copy



Tracy,

I definitely think it would be a good thing for you to
submit your better copy. Be sure to put a note in the
comments section that you've looked at both copies and
yours corrects errors that are still in the other
copy.

I think sometimes scanners mark books as excellent
when they're not, perhaps because whatever they're
using misleads them--for example, if I understand
correctly, K1000 won't catch errors that are correctly
spelled but are the wrong word for the context, or the
numeral one for a capital I. Will it catch words that
are missing half if the first half is a word by
itself? I'm finding a lot of those in the book I'm
validating now, where words are hyphenated at the end
of a line but only the first part of the hyphenated
word is in the scan and it's a word, e.g., "day" but
the second part, "light" is missing, I'm
assuming,perhaps incorrectly, that K1000 won't count
that as an error. And what about words that are
missing altogether? Again, in the book I'm validating
now, there are a lot of those. Presumably the scanner
didn't hold down the book at the binding (it's over
900 pages and heavy and would ve difficult to do) so
several words at the ends of sentences are missing.
Would K1000 give such a book a lower rating, or does
it just catch spelling errors?

And please, no one suggest that I reject this book.
It's an interesting and worthwhile book to have in the
collection, and I'm enjoying reading it. Correcting as
I go along is no problem. I can't imagine anyone
rescanning it, but even if they did, it would have to
be revalidated, and I'm sure the whole process would
take longer thanit's going to take me to perfectit.

Cindy

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