[bksvol-discuss] asking for help and scanno errors

  • From: Cindy <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 20:11:47 -0800 (PST)

Hi, Tony,

Any time you have a book that has errors, if I can get
the book from the library I'm happy to check for you.
Don't fee shy about asking. I think that's one area in
which I can be most help.


-- Tony Baechler <tony@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi.  For the most part, I agree with you completely.
>  I am not going to ask 
> a sighted person to check a book either.  If I am in
> doubt, I will leave 
> the word alone, even though I know it is wrong.  One
> recent example is 
> puRhed or some such.  It is obviously wrong but I
> have no idea what it 
> could be.  I am not going to take a chance on
> inventing a word and possibly 
> exposing myself and/or bookshare to law suits
> because the core content of 
> the book was changed.  Someone else can get and
> rescan the printed book if 
> it is a big enough deal.  Finally, I'll just add
> that while I don't read 
> print, I do know that the shapes of letters are
> different, so t instead of 
> r could not be an OCR error even if it looks like
> one because the shape of 
> the letter is different.  But then, one particularly
> funny scanning error 
> is "taco" instead of "fate."
> At 10:08 AM 3/8/2005 -0600, you wrote:
> >It is much more likely that r and t would be
> confused by the OCR
> >software than by the publishers.  Yes, they do make
> mistakes, but you
> >should normally be able to guess correctly about
> errors.  The more
> >experience you have in editing the more you learn
> what is within the
> >relm of possibility for scannos, and what obviously
> was a mistake in the
> >book.  You know that we can't always make the books
> we scan perfect, so
> >we don't have to give up scanning and editing if we
> are blind and can't
> >always check the print book.  I am not going to
> waste the time of sited
> >people asking them to check every little mistake
> when there is about a
> >one in a million chance that the mistake is not a
> scanno.  If I
> >accidently change/correct a letter that I am
> certain was a scanno, and
> >it really was a mistake in the book, I'll just
> pretend that my change
> >was a scanno. ;-)

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