[bksvol-discuss] Pesky hyphens

  • From: "Bob" <rwiley@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "bookshare volunteer discussion" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 05:54:33 -0600

I am currently reading "No Birds Sing" by Jo Bannister from the collection. Can you imagine that validators actually read books for pleasure after slaving over a hot text editor for hours at a time? I'm sure you can.

However, one cannot help but bring the skills acquired as a validator to the books one reads for pleasure. Henceforth, my tongue-in-cheek mantra shall be "The unexamined book is not worth reading", with appropriate apologies to Mr. Socrates.

Firstly, this particular book is a really good scan/validation, and my comments are not meant as criticism to those who worked on it. Instead, I want to offer thanks to this unknown team and to Bookshare for making it available.

However, (you knew that was going to happen, didn't you?) throughout the book I observed a number of occurrences of words split without hyphens, where hyphens used to be.


able, for examples.

I suspect what happened was that a tool was applied which took the hyphens off of the end of lines. Unfortunately, this tool did not join the hyphenated word's parts as it should have. It merely got rid of the hyphen.

I don't really have a solution to this problem. I use Kurzweil, and it's apply corrections tool takes care of this handily.

Does anyone have a solution using Microsoft word? If so, this solution could be applied while we are changing section breaks to page breaks. I looked on the tips section of Jake's site and there was a tip for fixing the problem in Kurzweil, but not Ms Word.

I tried a small experiment in word splitting a word "happi-
And did a find on "-^l" for a hyphen followed by a new line character. Unfortunately, word did not find my little experiment. I'm not sure what's going on there.

Does anyone know how hyphens at the end of the line might be found and fixed?


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