[Marxism] Re: Interview with Marxist Internet Archive steering committee
rfidler at cyberus.ca
Fri Feb 4 07:09:00 MST 2005
Accurate proof-reading does not require any special skills other than
the ability to compare the original text with the scanned copy.
We’re not talking industrial quantity scanning here. When a volunteer
scans a book or pamphlet, he or she is probably scanning one or two
pages at each pass of the Optical character reader.
When the scanning process is completed, simply go through it word by
word, sentence by sentence, making sure that nothing was missed and that
the wrong characters have not been substituted by the OCR application.
Then, give the whole document a final read through to catch anything you
missed. Since most of these documents are quite interesting, it’s
actually a pleasant experience; you will note things you never saw or
thought about the first time you read the document!
My impression is that many of the documents on the MIA site were
submitted and published on the site without any attempt to proof-read
them after scanning. I really have trouble understanding why this is so.
David Walters wrote:
>I agree, too, with all the comments made so far. *As it happens* we're
having an important internal discussion on this very topic. Largely it
is a function of the volunteer nature of the MIA. But, it's also true
that we haven't had internal standards for proofing. We're developing
this now and trying to figure out ways to systematize it. We have
extensive standards for cascading style sheets, XHTML, directory
structure and file naming conventions (all of which is available on
line, BTW)...but nothing for proofing...yet.
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