[bksvol-discuss] Re: validating

  • From: "Monica Willyard" <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2008 13:15:16 -0500

Hi, Carrie. Just to be clear and avoid confusion, you are referring to
fixing misspelled words that occur in the print copy of a book, right?
I'm making this distinction because validaters rarely have a print
copy of the book and yet we do run the spellchecker to catch words
that appear to be scannos. I want to make sure that new volunteers
understand that running the spellchecker to look for words that have
been scanned wrong is encouraged by Bookshare. It's just not ok to
change what the print book says, even if it's misspelled or isn't a
complete sentence. For those of us who are blind, I don't know how we
can tell if a word is misspelled in the print book itself since it may
look like a scanno to us. It's pretty clear when it's part of a
dialect, but typos in the book would be very hard for us to detect. So
this is a gray area for me. I understand you when you say that when an
error is part of the original print book, we should not change it.
That is true of wrong dates or the occasional reference to a wrong
character in a scene as well.


-- 
Monica Willyard
Visit my blog at http://www.scannersguild.com

On 12/31/08, Carrie Karnos <ckarnos@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi Christina,
>
> If a book has a misspelled word in it, we need to leave the word as is, in
> order to put as close to an exact copy of the book as we can manage into the
> collection. I hate doing this! I REALLY want to fix misspelled words, but we
> can't... Deleting junk characters, correcting errors that the scanner or OCR
> program introduced, adding missing pages, deleting duplicate pages - those
> are all great!
>
> Thanks Carrie
>
>
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Christina <greensleeves1@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 8:41:53 PM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: validating
>
> Hello.
> This might sound obvious but a good validator/proofreader should correct any
> errors he/she finds in the book.  This includes anything from misspelled
> words to extra junk characters or missing pages or chapter titles.  I say
> this because validators don't always do this.
> If a validator has any questions about a book, he or she can contact the
> submitter or, if that person isn't available, this discussion list.
> This is a group of very helpful and informed volunteers who have all sorts
> of experience and resources to share.
> Christina
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mayrie ReNae" <mayrierenae@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:31 PM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: validating
>
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> I agree, reading a book from cover to cover does make for the
>> cleanest copy of the book.  I'd like to add one thing to what E has said.
>> Please make sure that all chapter headings are present before removing
>> headers.  If chapter headings are just numerals, and no words, they often
>> won't scan.  If chapter headings are missing, it is often easy to tell
>> this
>> and where to put them, before removing headers, because books rarely have
>> running headers on the pages where chapter headings appear.  If you remove
>> headers before accounting for all chapter headings, you may well not know
>> where to insert missing ones.
>>
>> Mayrie
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of E.
>> Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 8:20 PM
>> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] validating
>>
>> To our new volunteers,
>> First welcome welcome. Now for you validators here are a few ideas:
>> Whatever you use to validate, please use a spell checker when you
>> start. You can then check for missing pages, remove the title and
>> author at the tops of pages and read through the book. A spell
>> checker finds some things. Reading a book cover to cover is what
>> really works when validating though. So please pick a book you find
>> interesting so you are willing to read it.
>>
>> Again welcome.
>> E.
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