[bksvol-discuss] Re: Proofing: Many Questions

  • From: "Sandi Ryan" <sjryan2@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 10:17:51 -0600

Hi James,

Since I'm the person writing lots of questions on this topic previously, here's 
what I've learned:

If you get no paragraphs, try a different format.  For example, for me, 
scanning directly into DOC format for Word removes all paragraph marks.  
Scanning in RTF puts a paragraph mark at the end of each line, even when I'm 
not retaining exact view. This means I have to go through by line and strip 
unnecessary paragraph marks, but it makes the paragraphs a bit more obvious 
than having everything run together.

What scanning software are you using?  I'm using OpenBook 8.0, and I've not yet 
found the answer.  My best answer so far, if you're a blind person, is to find 
a proofreader with some vision willing to check formatting, especially 
paragraphing, for you, and then make your best guess with paragraphs before 
sending it to them.  This is a lot more work for a blind scanner, since we can 
only guess--or make even more work by scanning and then using an Optacon or 
something to find paragraphs, but I love scanning, and have become part of a 
team that works well for me.

I have come to the conclusion that the issue, at least for me, is a setting in 
either OpenBook or Word that adds paragraph marks when converting to RTF or 
strips them when converting to DOC.  I haven't tried using ARK or OBX formats 
for scanning, because the problem isn't in scanning the book, so far as I can 
tell, but in converting it to a format I want to use for correcting and sending 
to Bookshare.

Anyway, I don't know if this will help, but it's my latest knowledge.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Homme, James 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2011 9:57 AM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Proofing: Many Questions

  Hi Mayrie,

  Even if it's my best guess?






  From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mayrie ReNae
  Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2011 10:49 AM
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Proofing: Many Questions


  Hi Jim,


  Yes, often OCR runs paragraphs together.  Please insert paragraph marks where 
they belong.







  From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Homme, James
  Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2011 7:25 AM
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Proofing: Many Questions


  I'm getting back into proofing after a very long absence. 


  First question: Should I put in paragraph breaks if it looks like the scan 
jammed everything together? It seems obvious from context that paragraphs are 
run together.






  Jim Homme,

  Usability Services,

  Phone: 412-544-1810.




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