When I wrote about spell checking I used the generic term. Actually the first thing I do is run rank spelling for just the reasons you mention. Rank spelling is kind of like a spell checker with a built in game. You make the score go up. You find scano patterns. You may find the book needs to be rejected just by using rank spelling. At least, it lets a person quickly figure out what is going on with a book.
E. At 11:13 PM 12/31/2008, you wrote:
Evan and Bob, I come at this from an opposite approach. I tried doing as Evan does, and that doesn't work as well for me. I'll share what does help me in case it works for someone else here. I do the opposite of most of you for two reasons. First, I use rank spelling to give me a bird's eye view of the scan. From this I can quickly zero in on garbled pages or damage in the scan and can determine if I'm going to need to track down the submitter or a print copy of the book to rescan pages. I know I'm headed for a rough ride if I'm seeing a low accuracy rate with words that aren't proper names. From there, I can decide if I have the time, access to the book, and other resources to validate the book well. I can send an email to the submitter and start the process of getting the pages I need while I work on the sections of the book that are in decent shape. And I can reject the book if it needs more than a few pages replaced. My second reason for running rank spelling first is that I see fixing up a book as similar to preparing land for a garden. I clear away the huge, obvious boulders and dead tree limbs first so that preparing the soil is much easier. I don't have to keep getting off my tractor to move things when I run into them. By using rank spelling, I can quickly spot words that have scanned wrong throughout the whole book and can fix them without much trouble. As for reading them in context, that is easy to do with Kurzweil's read context command or by pressing control e to go to the word in the document to edit it or examine it. Dialect is easy to spot since it's usually in quotes and tends to follow one of several similar patterns. After validating dozens of books, you come to understand what kinds of words are often used in dialect. I don't think you'll ever see dialect using the word cbange. By reading the context, you can clearly tell that the word should be change. Once the really obvious scannos are dealt with, the book becomes more comfortable and pleasant to read. I quickly check the book for scannos a spellchecker can't catch like die for the. Then I can focus on actually reading the book itself. Part of my way of doing things is because my mind filters out scannos if I'm really getting involved in a book. I think it's easier to do this using speech. I get so focused on who the bad guy is or if the good guy can escape from a gun-toting psychopath that my brain just automatically substitutes the correct word for me. I also tend to validate while doing something with my hands like folding laundry or scanning another book. Stopping every couple of lines to fix something would frustrate and annoy me. I find it difficult to sit still in front of my computer and just listen to a book. I seriously contemplated stopping my validating last year. Then I sat down with Jim Baugh and talked through where I was having trouble. I developed a system that works well for me that I could stick with and not get frustrated or burned out. -- Monica Willyard Visit my blog at http://www.scannersguild.com To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxput the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.__________ NOD32 3727 (20081231) Information __________ This message was checked by NOD32 antivirus system. http://www.eset.com
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