[bksvol-discuss] Re: some questions

  • From: "gwen tweedy" <gstweedy@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 21:30:00 -0500

Yeah thanks a million this information is helpful.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mayrie ReNae 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 8:05 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: some questions

  HI Gwen,

  Yes, sometimes knowing where chapter headings should go, and what they should 
say can be tricky.  I haven't found a place online to find out this stuff that 
works for a blind person.  The feature that allows a person to look inside a 
book on Amazon is, unfortunately, not usable by a blind person, at least, not 
by me.  I'm pretty sure a geek could do it, but I'm nowhere near being a geek!

      If you are pretty sure that your chapter headings are things like 
"chapter 1" you can figure out where they go, because those pages may have 
garbled text at the top that is obviously not the running header of title or 
author of the book.  So, they can be inserted by the proofreader, if said 
proofreader can determine that a chapter heading is something simple like I 
said above.  The rub comes when chapter headings have actual titles, like 
little stories.  Then sighted assistance is pretty much what we need.

      As for page numbers not appearing in books, if Bob is looking at books 
that he submitted, knowing that page numbers were in the book, and is using 
Kurzweil to look at the daisy file, Kurzweil doesn't show bookshare's page 
numbers.  It's a Kurzweil problem, a sort of inadequacy on their part, but if 
he were to look at the xml file in Internet Explorer, he might well discover 
that the page numbers are indeed in the book.

  Does any of that answer your questions?  I hope so.  Sorry I don't have a 
better solution for looking inside a book.  I'm pretty sure that every single 
sighted volunteer here has had to help me out with inserting chapter headings 
in books, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate all of them and their 
help! If ever I find a way to find this information by myself, I'll let you 

      You know, if your local librarians are willing to help, and the library 
has the books you need, and all you need are the pages on which chapter 
headings should start, they might be able to make you a list of chapter 
headings and their respective starting pages.  Just a thought.


  From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of gwen tweedy
  Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 4:22 PM
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] some questions

  Is  there a place on line, where you can find out things for a book like the 
contents of books that kind of thing
  I  know you can wait until you see a sighted person and that is cool but 
wondered if there is such a  place where you can find out things the little 
things without sighted help.
  Also Bob thought he heard once, like if it is a text book or an important 
book where things have to be precise but on fiction books if it didn't mess up 
the book some things didn't matter like we've had books before where headings 
weren't there and lots of times the page numbers you don't hear them in a book 
they don't show up when the book comes up and is excepted anyhow because of 
like software or any number of things.
  Because he says he has put up books that he was sure he had the page numbers 
in and stuff and when he has looked at them or brought them down none of those 
things are in there.
  I know you  have to do a good job that kind of thing
  I have even had a person who does not volunteer for bookshare who just reads 
tell me that all that stuff distracts from the book and breaks up the text and 
it bothers him.
  Just thought I'd ask.
  Cause some books no matter what a blind person does some books are grand but 
some books  especially these tiny ones stuff just doesn't come out and this is 
about the 4th time I've gone through this book in fact got so dilligent on it 
that ended up putting up a partial book not sure how that happened but it did.
  I'm ready for some new books LOL these same 9 books LOL have been sitting on 
my table for months and I've redone them so many times that wow they are broke 

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