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about those scannos

When spell-checking scanned books, there are a few things to remember.

  • It is not wise to set an auto-replace for "die" to become "the" or "diat" to become "that." Otherwise the book will end up with instances of "stuthes" and "immethately."
  • If the book could have Latin terms, "diem" cannot be auto-replaced with "them."
  • As above, "dien" cannot automatically become "then." We then have "authences" listening to our programs.
  • I may rather "frequently" do something as opposed to "frequendy" doing it; but nothing is "trently." It is "trendy."

Now you all know what die most common error in my scan projects is. I am hard at work going dirough diose books. Maybe I will finish die project before die semester begins diis fall.

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faylen
Aug. 11th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
ROFL! I love it!
Another tip... Do Not replace "rn" with "m!"
Anyone want to eat some com?
So when were you bom, anyway?
kindletheflame
Aug. 12th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
Corrections are the worst part of scanning ...

Have you tried auto replacing words using spaces before and after them? Replacing " die " with " the "? Then you just have to watch out for the actual word "die" being replaced.

For "frequently," try using "quently" ... I doubt many other words end in that letter combination.

The correction tools built into Kurzweil are one of the few things I would really miss if I switch OCR programs. Word is good as well, if you know how to use advanced fine and replace features.

By the way, I am on vacation at the moment and have *lots* of free time ... just in case you would like some help getting proofreading done before your semester begins.
3kitties
Aug. 12th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
correcting scannos
I've been coming up with a lot of those nifty little correction ideas. The "die" ones are really slowing me down--in theology books, the actual word "die" is not unheard of. So I have to check them before letting the correction through. I've caught quite a few instances of "recendy" among other things. Oh, the other hilarious one in my books is Cod. I'm doing a lot of praying to Cod lately. But I thought that cod was what you eat...
nabba
Aug. 12th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
that made me smile. at least you can find humor in it ;)
3kitties
Aug. 12th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
scanning humor
It has to be humorous. Otherwise it would drive me crazy. LOL! Some of the resulting text is rather funny at times, especially the "die" thing because my roommate keeps trying to make me learn German and "die" is the German word for "the." If I would just leave them alone, I could tell her I was reading in German.
datajana
Aug. 12th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
"Now you all know what die most common error in my scan projects is. I am hard at work going dirough diose books. Maybe I will finish die project before die semester begins diis fall."

Pronouncing it outloud makes it sound like you have a French accent!

:)
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