[bksvol-discuss] Re: world e book fair is here for 2008

  • From: Ann Parsons <akp@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2008 07:09:33 -0400

Hi all,

Actually, Sue, this is disinformation. There are many PDF books on that site, true. However, not all of them are PDF. Many are HTML or TXT.

As for Acrobat Reader, what version do you have? the newest versions, 7 and 8, have a dialog that pops up when you 'enter' on a PDF file. It says a couple of things like giving you a radio button for how to read the file, take the default unless you know differently. Then it wants to know if it should do the whole file or just a few pages. Tell it you want it to do the whole blessed file. Then, it will have a "go" button or hmmm, I forget what it's called begin or start or something. Anyway, press the spacebar on it, it's a button. The program will just sit there for a while, hmmm, about a minute or more and then it will show you the top line of the thing. Does the braille display read this OK? That may be the problem.

Once you've gotten the PDF opened, you can save it as a text file. The PDF's on these libraries are mostly text ones and should work OK. However, since this is a consortium, some of these may not work, depending on where you get them. It's sort of hit and miss.

I'll tell you what, Sue. If you want a couple of PDF's from there, download them, and send them to me. I'll convert them for you and send them back. I don't know if the braille display works in Adobe Reader. If it doesn't, of course, that means your dead in the water. Send 'em to me. I'll convert 'em for you.

Hmmm, this is interesting. Now you've got me curious. I'm going to do some experimenting if I get the chance. I'll hook up the BN and see what it does in Adobe here. Darned idiots, if they're going to create an accessible PDF reader, the least they could do is make it accessible to braille displays! <grrrr>

Ann P.

Ann K. Parsons
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