[bksvol-discuss] pre-marking RTF files

  • From: Carrie Karnos <ckarnos@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Bookshare Vol Group <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 00:10:46 -0700 (PDT)

Hi gang,

Okay, here's the situation. In the future, Bookshare wants to add markers to 
RTF files, to pre-mark various parts of books. There would be markers that mean 
"this is the start of a chapter", "this is a picture caption", "this is an 
appendix", that sort of thing. Naturally we're wondering if volunteers could 
add in these markers to their books. {There are markers in MS Word, like 
Heading 1, Heading 2, that could be used, except that not everyone uses MS 
Word, and it's a bit confusing to use them anyway.) The markers in the RTF 
files would be used to generate DAISY markers, thus enabling better navigation 
of DAISY books.
So the big question to everyone is: is there a markup scheme that everyone 
would be willing to put into their RTF files?  If Bookshare said that 4 colons 
in a row means "this is the start of a chapter", how many people would actually 
add 4 colons at the start of each chapter?
It would be great if Bookshare could look at a book and figure out where the 
front matter starts and stops, where the text starts and stops, where the 
chapters, figures, tables, indices, bibiliographies, etc all start and stop, 
but it's actually a very difficult process. So we're hoping that if we can get 
even a few volunteers to add markers to their files, it would make life that 
much easier.
As you can tell, I'm just sending a flag up a flagpole and seeing if anyone 
salutes. What does everyone think of adding markers to RTF files?

Thanks for your many and varied opinions!  Carrie


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