[bksvol-discuss] Re: Losing My Em Dashes: Major Irony

  • From: "Evan Reese" <mentat1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 13:32:05 -0700

Thanks, Kellie.  As I said, the only difference is that I was using K1000 
instead of OpenBook.  But I haven't been able to test OpenBook on this 
particular book, because I can't get it to run, and I don't know if I want to 
hassle with it.  I didn't lose them in previous books I scanned with OB, 
though.  The rtf file converted from the kes file of the last book I scanned 
still had the em dashes in it, but somehow in the transfer to the Pac Mate, 
they got lost.  I have a big book I'm scanning this weekend with K1000, and 
we'll see what happens then.  Unless things are totally weird, I imagine that 
they will be lost in this one as well.  Then I will have to decide what to do 
about it.  I actually went through the last book I submitted and replaced them 
with Word's tab search and replace, but that took a good while and I'm not 
going to do that again.  I have definitely decided that much.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kellie Hartmann 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 9:06 AM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Losing My Em Dashes: Major Irony

  Hi Evan,
  Yes, long dash is Kurzweil's way of saying em-dash; they probably used this 
language because em-dash is a printer's term that most people might not know, 
except the deranged perfectionists resident in this here asylum. <grin> I don't 
know which program or which transfer messed up your em-dashes. However, these 
complications are very common and one of the reasons why some have recommended 
replacing em-dashes with two regular dashes. The difference to a sighted print 
reader is negligible, it works in braille translation, and doesn't get 
corrupted/confused when moving a file between programs.

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