[bksvol-discuss] Re: unique format, any suggestions?

HI Lissi and all, 

I've been doing some scanning here this weekend. I scanned a book call The
Wild Island which is a British book. Gees, I thought I had lost my touch on
scanning.... Well, when I got some sighted help to make some corrections I
made a big discovery. 
It seems to make all the lines the same link there were a large number of
lines that had words run together to make them fit and other lines that put
extra dashes and spaces between the last word of a sentence and the
punctuation. 
For example: AS I walked down the street I saw a large black cat . 
Or: As iwalkeddownthestareet-I saw a largeblackcat . 

The strangest thing I have seen since I started scanning. 

Katie Hill 
Miracles happen not in opposition to Nature, but in opposition to

what we know of Nature.

-St. Augustine


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Dear Readers,

I'm validating a memoir with a format I'm not sure how to adapt in an RTF 
file Using Microsoft Word.

Paragraphs are deeply indented, but that's not anything difficult to deal 
with. What's unique is the dialogue. It is always preceeded by a double dash

and indented way far in. This makes the first line of dialogue short and the

second line is more indented than the paragraphs.

It's as if the dialogue is short little paragraphs within paragraphs. Most 
of the time the dialogue is short bursts of only a few words on a single 
line.

If I understand correctly Bookshare tools ignore tabs. Does this mean I 
should indent using the space bar? Will these indents disappear on portable 
braille reading devices? I'm asking so I can avoid too much empty space or 
confusing the reader. The Dashes before each quote are a good indicator, so 
maybe the deep indent isn't needed and I could indent dialogue like any 
paragraph and the double dashes will alert the reader. Oh, and to add to the

mix, there are no quotation marks or apostrophes bracketing the quotes.

I read the author has theater background and the almost centered bursts of 
spoken words remind me a little of some script formats.

To follow the book's print format exactly I'd need to indent 4 spaces for 
paragraphs, 6 spaces for the second and subsequent lines of dialogue and 8 
for the first lines of dialogue.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance. While I wait for your ideas, I have a second book to 
upload in as many days. The last one was only 139 pages long and an easy 
one. I'm making headway on my validation queue.

Always with love,

Lissi. 

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