I know I didn't clean up my submissions, not because I wanted the validators to do the work, in fact I get upset if I submit something and then go back and realize that the scanning is awful, and I've just saddled someone with a lot of work. I didn't clean them up because I usually get very good scans. I haven't submitted anything in a while because I want to make sure all the page numbers are there and all that other essential stuff. I guess spellchecking wouldn't hurt either.
Julia----- Original Message ----- From: "Monica Willyard" <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 9:01 PMSubject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Proposing the Creation of a Validation Starter Kit
Hi, Shane. If all submitters were as careful as you are, what you're saying would be true. However, I would say that at least 60 percent of the books I've validated recently have not been cleaned up, not even a little. While we do have several volunteers who diligently clean their scans and proofread them before submission, these people are the exception, not the rule. Until that changes, validation will require more work than fixing minor errors and page numbers. While brand new validaters might be overwhelmed if the kit were sent as soon as they sign up, I do think there is a place for such a kit once a person feels more sure of the Bookshare system. Having practice documents would help them learn to spot errors and learn how to fix them quickly, without pulling their hair out. (smile) Who knows, Maybe a kit like this might show submitters how to clean up their scans before submission. Hey, a girl can hope, right?Monica Willyard Shane Christenson wrote:Hi. I agree. Validating isn't supposed to be an intimidating, daunting or overwelming task. If a scanner has done his/her job well, validation should only be a matter of making sure page numbers are present, possibly removing unnecessary headers, and being able to catch a minor spelling/scanning error here and there.ShaneTo unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxput the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.
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