[bksvol-discuss] Re: Some Newbie Questions

  • From: "William Korn" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Redacted sender "willythekorn" for DMARC)
  • To: "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2015 07:48:46 +0000 (UTC)

I can keep the italics.  I'm using a Epson flat-deck scanner to scan to a .PDF
file, and ABBYY FineReader 12 for the OCR.  For the first 60 pages or so I
output my .RTF file in plain text mode, but now I'm doing it in formatted mode.
 (I also went through and re-italicized the text that needed it.)
I'm not sure what you mean by the "right format for navigation".  I set ABBYY
to retain page marks and it's been doing a fine job of placing them exactly
where they need to be.  I've followed the instructions for formatting the
chapter heading (which is a centered number which can appear anywhere on a
page).  The book has a running header (page number and book title, or title and
page number) which is occasionally a pain in the fundament, but is fairly easy
to get rid of.  Are there other "navigation" considerations I'm missing?
Bill Korn
P.S.  What does a scanner's note look like?  Is it enclosed in square brackets?

From: Cindy Rosenthal <grandcyn77@xxxxxxxxx>
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2015 10:53 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Some Newbie Questions

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 person?

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 reading?
Bill Korn

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