Cindy, I don't know the answers to all of your questions, but every single book in the bookshare library is available in daisy format, as well as a .brf or Braille file. If you are using Kurzweil, you can have it set to speak the "emphasized text" in a different voice. The "emphasized text" as I understand is text that is bolded or italicized. Kurzweil does recognize text as either being bolded or Italicized, but it is not always accurate. It is difficult for us blind proofers and scanners to know for sure what is supposed to be bolded or Italicized, but if there is a pattern, it can be figured out. For instance, in a recent book I scanned, there were quotes from others that appeared in italics. Kurzweil recognized it as such. I had a sighted person check the first couple of quotes and confirmed that they were in italics, so I knew that was the case through the rest of the book. If you choose to, you can have your screenreader set to speak the font changes, which I do when proofing, but not when doing my normal work.
Melissa Cindy wrote:
But we don't know when we submit or upload books whether they're going to be converted to Daisy or not, do we? And we're supposed to keep the file as cl;close as possible to the print book, so I'd retain italics, bold, and larger fonts as needed--jmo. When one is listening to a book (is that Daisy?), does one hear emphasis when a word is italicized? Do you scanners listen when you scan? Or how do you know if words need to be italicized? The book I'm soon to upload I have because it needed page breaks, but as I put in the breaks I found I had to eye-scan the print page because there are a lot of words I found that hadto be changed in the file to italics. It was just accident that a sighted proofer happened to get this file. How would a blind scanner know that a book needed a sighted proofer to put in italics? Can the OCR be set to scan italicised words or words with an odd font? cindy Cindy Wish List (i.e., books wanted added to the collection) and books-being-scanned list available at sites below Wish List: https://wiki.benetech.org/display/BSO/Bookshare+Wish+List Books Being Scanned List: https://wiki.benetech.org/display/BSO/Books+Being+Scanned+List --- On Sat, 11/7/09, Bob <rwiley@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:From: Bob <rwiley@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Bolded words in text To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Date: Saturday, November 7, 2009, 1:25 PMAs far as I know, bold and italics make no difference at all. They may very well be takenout.Bob “We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make,” Senator Edward M. Kennedy----- Original Message----- From: Denise Thompson To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxSent: Sunday, November 08, 2009 5:44 PMSubject:[bksvol-discuss] Re: Bolded words in text My question is- does it make a difference in Daisy to have text in bold or italix. Does Daisy keep it? I've been changing the book to TN 23 and then putting the chapter in 16 because I though that's what we've talked about doing on this list before. I use regular for both. I was under the impression that Daisy didn't like bold or other types of text atributes. So now that we're all confused as to what to do. Someone needs to decide what BKS wants us to do. All of my proofed books that I've done this with have been approved by admin so apparently admin thinks regular text is ok. I want to do what is expected, but for it keeping changing makes it difficult for those of us doing proofing.DeniseAt 11:47 AM 11/7/2009, you wrote:Monica, youmake a good point; however, I am sure that the request to change the entire text of a submission to Times Roman 12 is in the manual.Like you, I always change fonts in my chapter titles to a larger size, but luckily I have made a note to that effect when submitting the book. However, it would be very easy to do all the work you mention and not make anote.I agree with the other Lori from a later message that I have changed the font in order to make the text more readable and also to reduce some very large fonts. In future, I will check the fonts of chapter titles before making a universal change.Lori C. .----- Original Message ----- From: "Monica Willyard"<rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, November 06, 2009 10:56 PMSubject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Bolded words in text Melissaand Lori, please, please don't do this as a principle on everybook.I don't think you realize that this could do damage to someone'ssubmission.When I submit books, I work very hard to fix the fonts so that my chapterheadings are detected more easily both by sighted users andthe Booksharetools. Sighted readers use changes in the font face or font size to tellwhen the chapter or scene changes in a book. The current book I'm scanning uses the Arial font to indicate a chapter name and log entries when the scene changes. The rest of the text is Times New Roman.Furthermore, in many books I submit, the page numbers areat the bottom of the page. Using a larger font for the chapter names or numbers tells the Bookshare stripper that this is where a new chapter or part begins. If you change the entire document to 12 point, you would unintentionally undo the work I spend a couple of hours doing to ensure good daisy navigation for everyone. Braille and blind speech users wouldn't notice. Our members with learning disabilities would though, and I'm doing everything I can to make their reading as easy and pleasurable as ours.I hope what I'm saying doesn't sound like a lecture. It's not meant that way. I'm pleading with you to learn about how fonts work and why they matter. I used to do the same thing as you, changing mine to Times New Roman as well. Then Judy and Valerie came into my life and opened my eyes and heart to their needs. Since then I began paying attention to the fonts in my scans before submitting them. Now I make sure the fonts forchapters arecorrect as I strip headers in my books.This isn't an absolute thing, and it's not a show-stopper in the grand scheme of things. If you know for sure that the submitter hasn't done any work with the fonts, changing the font probably won't matter. If your screenreader won't speak the text in Word, you may have to change it to 12 point as a base. In that case, will you please consider taking the time to enlarge the font for chapter headings to 14 or 16 point? You can do that quickly by selecting the chapter name or number and pressingcontrol rightbracket in Kurzweil or shift control right bracket in Word. It will increase the point size each time you press the keystroke, and you should hear the font size when it changes. The left bracket makes the font smaller, by theway.It does take extra time to do this. I freely admit that. If you are blind like me, fonts mean very little since we can't see them. Still, I know I'd want help if something was causing my Braille books to read badly, so I take time to do it for others who need it.Monica Willyard"The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Peter Drucker-----Original Message-----From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx[ mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Melissa SmithSent: Friday, November 06, 2009 8:31 PMTo: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Bolded words in textI select the whole document, and set the font to Times New Roman, and 12 Point. I leave alone the box that has the style. This leaves any bold or italicized text the way it is. I do this in every book I proof.MelissaTo unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email tobksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxput the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. 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