[bksvol-discuss] Apparent lack of BRL page numbers

  • From: "Pratik Patel" <pratikp1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 03:22:28 -0400

Hello all,
I'm sure all of you remember the lovely debate and the apparent discovery
that print page numbers were being omited from braille copies of Bookshare
books.  I promised to investigate.  Thanks to all of you who sent me pages
from books that you either submitted or recently  validated.  And, even
bigger thanks to Kellie Hartman, who is conducting her own independent
investigation so that we can verify my findings.
and, the drum role please!
The results say, no panic necessary.  All books that contained properly
formatted page numbers when validated do have necessary print page numbers
associated with them when converted to braille.  Bookshare's tools are not
misbehaving as previously assumed.  I had the opportunity to check ten
books-some provided by you, some randomly picked from the recently approved
books list.  I'm happy to report that none of these books had a problem.
As Kellie and I suspected, the culprid appears to be Kurzweil 1000, which
sucks these page numbers.  So those of you who are using Kurzweil 1000 to
back translate Bookshare braille books, must keep in mind that Kurzweil 1000
does not properly back translate the series of dot 3, 6 characters followed
by # sign and the page number.  In fact, it seems to gobble up that portion
of the page.  Those of you using note takers to read the braille files
should find no problems.
I hope this clears up a lot of the confusion from last week.  I'm happy to
answer any questions you might have on this.

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