[bksvol-discuss] Re: submit better copy

  • From: "E." <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 22:52:26 -0400

What has been said on this list by those who submit and pass through these books is that it is better to have them in poor quality than not at all.

E.
At 08:40 PM 7/31/2006, you wrote:

Hmmm, maybe they think that God will fill in anything important that the scanner misses? <grin>

----- Original Message ----- From: "E." <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Monday, July 31, 2006 4:24 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: submit better copy


Many of the books with missing words are submitted by a small group of people. Likewise, those who validate books with repeated missing words where lines are cut off and let them go into the collection are a small group of people.

The most common categories of books to suffer from the repeated line cut off missing word issue are romances, particularly those labeled "Christian romances." Some submitters and some validators apparently feel these books need to be submitted and approved regardless of the cut off line issue.

E.


At 02:25 AM 7/31/2006, you wrote:

This missing words problem is one thing that is so easy to prevent. It comes from people not holding the book flat. Even with my OpenBook, I do not get missing words. I occasionally get words run together, and in the index to the last book I scanned the page numbers were sometimes run together, but I don't get missing words. I understand that some large books may be hard to keep flat, but most books are not that fat. It does take some work to push down on every pass of the scanner, and the consciensciousness to want to do a good quality scan. That's perhaps where the problem is. I am not aware of any other reason for missing words. If there is one, I would like to hear it, because I have not encountered it. Of course, if the text is not recognized as text, as in a cursive style, or a huge font, that is one thing. But it seems from what I hear in discussions of this problem here that these missing words are in a fairly standard font, as part of the body of the text. I would bet, Cindy, that most of the missing words and parts of words you find are near the spine. Am I right?

----- Original Message ----- From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2006 12:23 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: submit better copy


Right, Pratik. The point I intended to make--(and I
don't seem to be doing a good job of making my points
clearly these days--must be the heat getting to me
smile) is that even with the K rank spelling, that
might have caused the submitter or validator to think
he/she had an excellent product, one can't always be
sure because of the things it won't catch, such as
words missing from sentences, in complete sentences,
etc. So it isn't always the submitter's or validator's
fault. As you point out, some people--maybe even
many--rely on the ranked spelling and don't read
through the book. So if someone downloads even an
excellent book and finds it not to be so and wants to
re-submit, they should. And a validator who downloads
a supposedly excellent book might want to at least
skim, if not read, the book to see if it is indeed
excellent or had incomplete sentences or missing words
and not just assume that the scanner did more than a
ranked spelling. smile

Cindy

--- Pratik Patel <pratikp1@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Cindy,

There may be several factors as to why some books
are rated excellent when
they shouldn't be.  The rating scale is subjective;
what you might consider
excellent may mean something quite different to
someone else.  And, there is
also the fact that not everyone has access to K1K
and its rank spelling
feature.  As Bookshare's bolunteer process does not
ask validators to comb
through the book, as many of us do, it is quite
difficult to predict what
the cause for mislabeled book is.

Pratik


-----Original Message----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Cindy Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 8:41 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: submit better copy

Thanks, Jake. That's what I thought. I admit that I
don't read posts that seem to have information that
would not relate to what I do, but that is the
impressson I'd gained from what I did read about
K1000's ranking--which might explain why some books
are rated Excellent or good and really aren't. smile
and sigh

Cindy

--- Jake Brownell <jabrown@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Cindy,
>
> As we've discussed before, Kurzweil 1000 merely
has
> a few more approaches to
> using a standard spell checker than does other
> programs. Rank Spelling for
> instance, simply orders the words the spell
checker
> finds by the number of
> times they occur in the document. There's really
> nothing else different
> about the feature.
>
> So, no, no, no, and no, Kurzweil won't find words
> that are split, words that
> are missing, and will not catch numbers in the
place
> of the letter I when it
> stands alone (ie it's the pronoun, but it would
find
> something like m1ddle).
>
> The quality rater BookShare users is very similar,
> and won't catch any of
> those mistakes either. One of the reasons books
get
> a higher quality rating
> than they might otherwise deserve. Validators
should
> be aware of this and if
> the book contains several areas that have these
> types of mistakes, should
> adjust the rating accordingly. Or, if numerous
> enough, ask themselves why
> they are accepting the book in its current
> condition.
>
> Jake
> ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 2:18 PM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] submit better copy
>
>
> > Tracy,
> >
> > I definitely think it would be a good thing for
> you to
> > submit your better copy. Be sure to put a note
in
> the
> > comments section that you've looked at both
copies
> and
> > yours corrects errors that are still in the
other
> > copy.
> >
> > I think sometimes scanners mark books as
excellent
> > when they're not, perhaps because whatever
they're
> > using misleads them--for example, if I
understand
> > correctly, K1000 won't catch errors that are
> correctly
> > spelled but are the wrong word for the context,
or
> the
> > numeral one for a capital I. Will it catch words
> that
> > are missing half if the first half is a word by
> > itself? I'm finding a lot of those in the book
I'm
> > validating now, where words are hyphenated at
the
> end
> > of a line but only the first part of the
> hyphenated
> > word is in the scan and it's a word, e.g., "day"
> but
> > the second part, "light" is missing, I'm
> > assuming,perhaps incorrectly, that K1000 won't
> count
> > that as an error. And what about words that are
> > missing altogether? Again, in the book I'm
> validating
> > now, there are a lot of those. Presumably the
> scanner
> > didn't hold down the book at the binding (it's
> over
> > 900 pages and heavy and would ve difficult to
do)
> so
> > several words at the ends of sentences are
> missing.
> > Would K1000 give such a book a lower rating, or
> does
> > it just catch spelling errors?
> >
> > And please, no one suggest that I reject this
> book.
> > It's an interesting and worthwhile book to have
in
> the
> > collection, and I'm enjoying reading it.
> Correcting as
> > I go along is no problem. I can't imagine anyone
> > rescanning it, but even if they did, it would
have
> to
> > be revalidated, and I'm sure the whole process
> would
> > take longer thanit's going to take me to
> perfectit.
> >
> > Cindy
> >
> > -
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