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Re: January BNL cool article - why not on the web page?
Klotz Theodore wrote:
> Glad you enjoyed the article.Actually there has been some discussion on the
> board about reprinting some things in the BNL and on the web site. It has
> only been discussion at this point Perhaps some of it could be published in
> JAKA also. There are many wonderfull articles in JAKA over the years.
> Understand that a project such as this would entail someone having all the
> issues and and also compiling a complete list of all that has been
> published. Each article under consideration would then have to be
> transcribed in some way.
> A rather large task. Any volunteers?
> Flames on! Boy am I in trouble for bringing this out . HeHe
The task is fairly simple, but quite tedious at the first step. These days,
printed matter can be run through OCR from a decent flatbed scanner with
virtually 100% accuracy. The mechanics of scanning would be a boring pain,
though, for doing all of JAKA.
Proofing would be greatly simplified by running the converted text through
any good word processor with a spell/grammar checker. Careful proofing of
the first few articles will assure that the OCR isn't missing too much.
Casual check may be all that's needed after that. The grammar checker will
catch strange (changed) word usage the spell checker misses, most of the
Once done, almost any modern word processor can convert the word-processor
file to HTML, automatically. Pics can be handled by the same scanner, and
made into medium-compression JPEG files that will be as good as the original
printed files. If the scanner is really high resolution, some Moire' pattern
problems would have to be handled by a good photo touch-up program.
Now that we have all that done, what do we have? It would be trivial to burn
all of JAKA onto a few CDs to sell to members. The production runs would be
small enough to handle with a desktop PC and a pair of CD drives (one a
CD-R). Burn a few more copies as orders arrive. I'd *love* to have all of
JAKA in that form, so I could run keyword searches, etc. [Try that on the
Selected articles for the newsletter or elsewhere, like the Web pages, would
be a simple copy-paste operation.
I'm sure I am over-trivializing the task, but the original scanning looks
like the real pain to me. Maybe someone else can point out why it really
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