[bksvol-discuss] British punctuation

  • From: Sarah Van Oosterwijck <mail@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 10 May 2010 14:28:18 -0500

I got a book from the library that I can't stand to proof read. I only scanned a little bit of it, then I started to read to see if it was turning out alright. It wasn't. It has apostrophes for quotes as is normal in most British literature. The problem with that is that there are sometimes spaces around the apostrophes. My synthesizer feels the need to read every single one of them, which I can't stand. I also can't imagine how much pain I'd be in if I tried to fix all of the spots where there is an improper space by hand. I haven't been able to come up with an acceptable search and replace method to fix it either. Does anyone have any ideas?

I was wondering if switching to a UK voice for eloquence would change it's behavior to not read the apostrophes that are not surrounded by spaces, but I don't seem to have it installed. Can anyone tell me if it would help. If so, I will find my Kurzweil CD and remedy the situation. That way I could at least see if there are few enough errors that I could fix them by hand without getting a repetitive stress injury.

It's also not ideal how this book will look in braille once converted, but I'm sure changing the punctuation is not acceptable, and who knows how a person could inform the translation program that these are supposed to be single quotes even though they are not within other quotation marks. I also know that converting them to single quotes doesn't help at all.

Any suggestions, or should I just give up? I don't even know if the book is interesting.

Sarah Van Oosterwijck

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