[bksvol-discuss] Re: Stripper,

  • From: Mike Pietruk <pietruk@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2005 10:24:43 -0500 (EST)

One of the big problems, and there is no practical way around it, is books 
are prepared and validated in so many different ways guaranteeing that 
consistency just cannot happen.
While page numbers, page breaks, and all the rest certainly are desirable 
and should been striven for,
realistically, if we can get chapter numbers included, we may be achieving 
about all that one can hope for.
Certainly, the stripper can get part of the blame for the problem, 
certainly book preparation contributes to it, and validators can do only 
so much.
Hence, the new policy related to page breaks is about all one could have 
hoped for given the nature of the animal we're dealing with.
I had just submitted a book, Dakota Born by Debbie Macomber, replete with 
page numbers on every page and Chapter numbers protected.
Fortunately, the Chapter titles were preserved; page numbers are all but 
With this kind of book it doesn't matter, but if the stripper caused this 
problem, even in part, it did a disservice to the membership.
I suggest again, one is better off with too much rather than not enough 
header and footer junk.
As long as automated processes are employed by the system and validators 
and submitters to destroy unwanted info, it is inevitable that damage will 
be done.
And, on the other hand, I don't think painstaking hand edited necessarily 
makes sense either, other than on special books, as that time could be 
better employed elsewhere.
So, I think we have to learn to live with what the situation is and be 
thankful that the problem even exists as at least we have books we 
otherwise wouldn't have.

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