[bksvol-discuss] Re: Some Newbie Questions

  • From: Cindy Rosenthal <grandcyn77@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 22:53:43 -0800

If you can keep he italics, do. If you can't, make a note and teh
proofreader will make the words italicized. Can you do the right
formatting for navigation? Does teh book need to be proofed by a sighted

On Sat, Nov 7, 2015 at 10:01 PM, William Korn <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Understood, Valerie. Thanks!

*From:* Valerie Maples <vlmaples1@xxxxxxx>
*To:* bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
*Sent:* Saturday, November 7, 2015 9:15 PM
*Subject:* [bksvol-discuss] Re: Some Newbie Questions


You have to remember that Bookshare is for anyone with a print disability,
not just individuals who are blind. There are many sighted members who have
physical access issues as well as people with dyslexia. Retaining the
formatting of italics, bold, etc. are very important to give cues for
things such as title or emphasis. There are some readers that also
attribute inflection to deliver additional information. Same with foreign
language, it alerts them that they may not know the meaning of the word
because it is not of the primary language the book is in.

Thank you for taking up the mantle of scanning! My husband and I have
worked on over 2000 books in memory of our daughters who loved Bookshare as
well as enjoying books we would want to read ourselves but cannot because
of our physical disabilities. My hands are good enough to scan, but not to
hold the book for reading. Doug is a ventilator dependent quadriplegic who
runs his computer by voice and is a very talented proofreader who can even
take a raw scan from me to clean up for me or someone else to proofread.
Our abilities complement each other’s very well.

It is our hope that you find volunteering as rewarding as we do! :-)

Valerie Maples

I talk, computer types, we both make mistakes. ;-)

On Nov 7, 2015, at 10:45 PM, William Korn (Redacted sender "willythekorn"
for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I was wondering about that. Thanks for the information.

Since I'm here, one more question. The book I'm scanning is a novel. No
illustrations, footnotes, sidebars, bullet points, boldface, etc.. But it
does have* italics* - for names of ships and for occasional phrases in a
foreign language. Do I need to keep that formatting? Do italics make any
difference in how it would be read out by whatever device was doing the

Bill Korn

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