[bksvol-discuss] Re: Thank you!

  • From: "Evan Reese" <mentat1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 10:48:42 -0500

Hi Scott,

This sounds really cool. Just wondering though, will these image descriptions be inserted into the brf files? I don't suppose there's any clever way of doing it that doesn't interrupt the flow of text, as is the case with the Daisy files, although I'd be glad to be proved wrong on that. But if not, then I presume that the image descriptions that are created using the Poet tool are added into the braille versions in the traditional way. Is this correct?


----- Original Message ----- From: "Scott Rains" <scottr@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 11:11 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Thank you!


As you have noticed my attention has been focused on developing the tool for inserting image descriptions into our books. While I have prioritized textbooks there is more going on as well.

Today Bookshare uploaded its first books that were image-described using the Poet tool we have developed. The image descriptions were all done by volunteer Pamela Hoffard! The books are from the Magic Tree House series.

If you want to enjoy one of these books keep in mind that this new technology preserves the flow of the published text. In the past we would insert the description in the page surrounded by square brackets. With this method the description resides in the markup code (XML). It can be turned on or off. Only some dtb readers have the ability to read the description so far. Those that can expose and/or read our descriptions are:

AnyDaisy Firefox Extension
gh Player
JAWS for Windows
ReadHear Mac
Read:OutLoud 6

The books with these descriptions are:

Magic Tree House #3: Mummies in the Morning (with image descriptions)

Magic Tree House #6: Afternoon on the Amazon (with image descriptions)

Note the new practice in the Bookshare library. When a book has had image descriptions added in this way we will append this phrase to the end of the title:

(with image descriptions)


scott Rains
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