[bksvol-discuss] Re: end-of-page oddity

  • From: Mike <mlsestak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 01:35:02 -0700

I've done many nonfiction books with footnotes. Basically, OCR often doesn't recognize footnote symbols well. The symbols are often superscripts. This means they are smaller and raised slightly above the normal line of text. This makes it harder for the OCR to figure out what they are.

I am sighted and would be willing to help. What is the book? How many footnotes are there? If they are only a few per chapter, and I can find the book, we could probably work together on it by email. If there are many of them, it might be easier to check if Carrie Karnos will let us do it in two stages. You proofread and correct everything but the footnotes, then I proofread the footnote character and footnotes. This second part is done by you checking in the book and putting in the comments for Carrie to return the checkout queue with "hold for Misha" on it. I checkout and finish proofing the book.


On 5/14/2011 7:25 PM, Ellen Bartlett wrote:

Hi group,

I have a problem and am not sure how to solve it. The book I’m currently working on, Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax, has a number of pages with notes at the end of the page. In the text of the page, and before the notes themselves, there seem to be symbols showing that a footnote appears. I’ve checked books.google.com to find out what symbol this might be, but there appears to be no consistency from one instance to another. It seems to be either an asterisk, a single dagger, a single quote, a caret, or, most often, nothing at all. There are a number of pages where no symbol appears in the text to show what the note at the foot of the page refers to.

So, my question is: what the heck do I do to remedy this?Since even Google books is so inconsistent, I’m thinking the only way to fix it is by having someone sighted get it from the library and go through it with me.

Any other ideas or help?



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