[bksvol-discuss] Re: Picture descriptions and captions

  • From: Denise Thompson <deniset@xxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2009 00:35:40 -0400

I guess that's what I was asking- whether they are required. I'm scanning. I may or not figure out there is a picture. Now that you mention that, though. I do have some garled text I guess I'll ask my niece if there is indeed a picure because no amount of rescanning has gotten rid of it.

At 10:51 PM 7/25/2009, you wrote:
Hi Denise.

I'm not sure I understand your question.
Are you scanning or proofing?

If you are scanning you will probably know it because pictures produce garbled text.

If you are proofing you'll know it for the same reason.

If you are asking whether image descriptions are required, the answer is know.

Hope this helps sort of.


"A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain."

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From: <mailto:deniset@xxxxxxx>Denise Thompson
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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Picture descriptions and captions

What if we don't know there are pictures in the book? Will our books be rejected?

At 03:45 PM 7/25/2009, you wrote:
Hi All,

To respond to Cindyâ??s comment, yes Bookshare is working on a set of standardized guidelines for handling image descriptions but we are still in the process of defining those guidelines internally. In the meantime we have a volunteer working on readying the audio recording of the webinar on Image Description training that was held last month, and once she has finished syncing the audio to the relevant slides we will send that out as well for those interested.

All good things,

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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Picture descriptions and captions

I think Pavi said there's going to be something coming from bookshare about how to handle picture illustrations and captions so that there will consistency, but I haven't seen anything yet.

If there are captions, I put them under my description . I put the word Caption: in brackets and then the caption.

I put the word illustration in brackets above my description and my description in brackets. Here are some examples from books I've done (top and bottom refer to where n the page the photo is

Between pages 194 and 195 are 8 un-numbered pages of black-and-white photos:

Top: 8 cute Chinese boys, probably about eleven years of age, wearing dark shirts with what appear to be round badges on the left side of the shirt, and ties. Caption: My classmates and myself, center front, wearing Maoâ??s Red Guard scarves.
 This was taken in early 1972, in Laoshan.

Bottom: A walled village. Peaked roofs of houses and flat roofs of sheds and a few cluttered back yards are visible. Each home area seems to have its separate stone wall surrounding it. Caption: The New Village, Li Commune?the worldd of my upbringing. This photo was taken in 2002?nothhing much has changed since I was born.

froma fifferent book: On the library wall is a picture of a boy standing on an open book using it as a surfboard; he is holding another open book in one hand. The caption reads YOUR LIBRARY. SURF THE SHELVES.

[Illustration: 4 cave women pouring grain into larger containers, 2 behind a fire: caption: Women as the preparers of food.]

[Illustration: a woman playing the piano with her young son and daughter sitting on either side of her; caption: Women have done much more than keep the home fires burning and raise children for the past 5000 years.]

Usually, but not always, it's photos that have captions; and I include the credited photographer if that's part of the caption.


Sometimes captions aren't necessary because the text says it all. Here are a couple of examples where I describe the ilustration that illustrates the text

Jespah was the only cub who paid any real attention to me and we liked to talk together.

photo: Joy is sitting and Jespah is lying on the riverbank. Both have their mouths open as if they're talking.

photo: One lion is on its side, apparently sleeping. Jespah is reclining but his head is stretched back toward Joy, who is kneeling on the riverbank, leaning toward him and talking.

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