[newsline-beta] Re: A question I forgot regarding linking

  • From: "Peter Scialli" <Peter.s@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <newsline-beta@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2004 16:19:17 -0400

    There is no link yet for users.  Just bookmark the link from my Email
and once you've logged into Bookshare the usual way, you can go to your
favorites and click the bookmark to get to the periodicles page.  Thanks.

Peter M. Scialli, Ph.D.
Associate, Technical Projects, Bookshare.org

A Project of The Benetech Initiative - Technology Serving Humanity
peter @benetech.org

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Deborah Kendrick" <dkkendrick@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <newsline-beta@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, June 11, 2004 4:09 PM
Subject: [newsline-beta] Re: A question I forgot regarding linking

> Hi again,
> Is everyone else logging in the usual way and reaching the periodicals?
> only way I have been able to get to the area we're testing is by using
> Peter's link from the first post.  It's tedious.  I need guidance!
> Deborah
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kellie Hartmann" <kellhart@xxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <newsline-beta@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Thursday, June 10, 2004 11:57 PM
> Subject: [newsline-beta] general comments
> Hi all,
> Well, it's a little hard to know what to comment on since we don't know
> clearly which aspects of the service we're testing, but here goes
> 1. Downloading and unzipping files, with the Bookshare utility, has gone
> without a hitch.
> 2. My number one overall concern is navigating the files, both brf and
> I'm having a Daisy problem which I'll discuss later in this message. We
> really really need a way to jump through the files by section and by
> article. At the very least a table of contents with numbers would be
> helpful. It might work to have one article, or section, per page. Ideally
> would love to be able to download only the sections I chose, but I know
> this is beyond the scope of the project.
> I've spent some time reading the brf copy of the Sunday New York Times on
> BrailleNote. I'd been thinking that I couldn't see much advantage to
> accessing this material via computer file as opposed to over the phone
> Newsline, but my opinion changed when I saw a recipe in the "food" column
> and it dawned on me that with an electronic file I could copy this recipe,
> not to mention useful phone numbers, Urls, and addresses, very easily. I
> have a minor frustration with the brf files having to do with punctuation.
> I've noticed that apostrophes are used, both in daisy and braille files,
> place of quotation marks. I'm assuming this is probably how it is in the
> paper, for whatever reason. But it causes a major minor annoyance in
> because the apostrophes are being translated as single quotes. In braille
> the single quotes, both opening and closing, are strings of four
> So for every quote there are 8 characters where two should be. 8
> take up 1/4 of my braille display, so I'm *not* happy to see them. It's
> enough technically to perform a massive find/replace to fix this, but that
> can be very slow with a huge file like the Sunday NY Times. As I say this
> minor, but can be extremely irritating.
> I mentioned before I'm having a problem with Daisy files, or at least I
> think I am. <smile> First off, I'm using Kurzweil 6.2, a version with a
> patch that supposedly allows the opening and reading of Daisy files. I
> learned that it's the .opf file I should open, but when I open them I
> get the text of the file. I get a lot of weird things like id= bla,
> bla, metadata, text=bla, etc. This is true of the several files I've
> I can open and read the html files without a problem, but not the opf
> Any ideas about what's going on and what I can do about it? Or am I just
> idiot in some way? <grin> Btw, I discovered that the .ncx file in the
> mess contains the index of what's in the text, although it doesn't seem
> this info is being used in any way within the file containing the actual
> text.
> Thanks,
> Kellie

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