Hi Cindy,Newer OCR programs can recognize simple tables well. It would therefore depend on whether your OCR program is new enough to recognize tables. I suspect many people are used to the days of OCR where it mangled the tables rather than producing them in a nicely generated form.
I had some handouts last semester that had quite a few tables. When I scanned them using FineReader 8.0 (as part of Kurzweil) the tables were recognized as such. I found it very helpfult to be able to use the table reading commands. Those same tables as text would have been much more difficult to use.
Best, Jake----- Original Message ----- From: "Grandma Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 8:34 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: a question about tables
I'll have to try that next time. Do I understand you properly Jake? I can scan a table that's in a book and it will OCR as a table? Then why are they not turning out properly in books that people are scanning? Why do they ask to have me do something with them?G.Cindy --- On Sun, 7/6/08, Jake Brownell <jabrown@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:From: Jake Brownell <jabrown@xxxxxxxxx> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: a question about tables To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Date: Sunday, July 6, 2008, 5:30 PM Hi Devorah, It looks like lots of people have already given you good advice. I'll just add that you can use an actual "table" that a word processor would use. For example the tables that Microsoft Word will make under the Table menu are converted into DAISY tables, which may add extra navigation features. Sincerely, Jake Jake Brownell QA Engineer, Bookshare.org jake.b@xxxxxxxxxxxx----- Original Message ----- From: Devorah GreensteinTo: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 5:50 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] a question about tables Folks, I know there have been discussions about tables and I'm sorry I don't remember what was said. The well-scanned book I'm validating has an occasional table. One table, for example, has three columns and seven rows. But some spaces are empty. I mean the left hand column has five entries, the middle column has seven entries. I'm working with a copy of the printed book because there are lots of symbols in the book, and tarot card layouts and other diagrams. I have to re-type this table anyway, because I can't straighten it out as is. But as a sighted volunteer, I don't know what the best way to do it is. Can someone send me a written example? Or give me some hints? I thought maybe I need to do a bracketed validator note explaining that it's a three column table, name the column headings, sort of narrate through the table. Or should I just retype the table and maybe put dashes between the columns? It's all words and names. I'd love to hear suggestions. Thanks, Devorah ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ No virus found in this incoming message. Checked by AVG. Version: 7.5.524 / Virus Database: 270.4.5/1537 - Release Date: 7/6/2008 5:26 AMTo 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.-- No virus found in this incoming message. Checked by AVG.Version: 7.5.524 / Virus Database: 270.4.5/1537 - Release Date: 7/6/2008 5:26 AM
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