The Well-Formed Document

Articles by publishing professionals.

Michael Maher

How to Get the Most Out of OCR

By Michael Maher of Scribe Inc.

OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is the process of taking an image of text and making it “machine readable” or “live.” The software views (or reads) the image (Optical), scans for text (Characters), and then recognizes the relevant characters and outputs them as live text (Recognition). This process has been around for a few decades, but it still is very much a work in progress.

While the quality of current OCR software (and the concept of OCR itself, if we are being honest here) is nothing short

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David Alan Rech

E Is Dead, Long Live E!

By David Alan Rech of Scribe Inc.

Last year, the AAP (Association of American Publishers) reported a decline in e-book sales. This led many in the industry to claim the restoration of print’s primacy and assert that e-books were just a passing phase. Printers, editors, production staff, and others refocused their attention back on print—it was easy to fall back on familiar habits. But no matter how hard one fights it, the process of creating books is electronic. To go back to the old ways ignores the reality of the publishing process

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David Alan Rech

Redefining Accessibility to Help Save Publishing

By David Alan Rech of Scribe Inc.

I have the honor of being on the National Task Force on Accessible Materials Innovation that is part of the Center for Accessible Materials Innovation (CAMI, http://cami.gatech.edu/). Ostensibly, we are charged with aiding in the success of students with disabilities. The hope, of course, is that we can develop standards and methods to make books more accessible to students with print-related disabilities. The task force is comprised of talented professionals who bring a number of perspectives to

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David Alan Rech

Corrections: Typesetters’ Dirty Little Secret

By David Alan Rech of Scribe Inc.

We have a secret to tell you. Take a look at your typesetter’s bill. Do you notice how expensive the corrections charges are? In Scribe’s experience, the amount charged for corrections is often substantial and can represent up to 50 percent of the total bill from your typesetter. More than one of our competitors has remarked that they were sure of continued business because publishers couldn’t cure themselves of corrections. This has been kept a secret because it adds to revenue, but corrections

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Mark Fretz

Preparing for an Electronic Dark Age

By Mark Fretz of Scribe Inc.

Vint Cerf, universally recognized as an American Internet pioneer, recently warned of a potential digital Dark Age. Underlying this specter is the issue of accessibility, or digital storage and retrieval, defined in technological terms rather than in terms of human functionality. The Dark Age he has in mind pertains to having all sorts of content stored somewhere but being unable to access it (i.e., to open and manipulate content saved in files or stored on servers or computers). Although Cerf is

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Michael Maher

How Publishers Can Be More Effective With Their Social Media

By Michael Maher of Scribe Inc.

When I log into Scribe’s social media accounts every day, one of the first things I do is check out what different publishers are up to. I have been doing this for a few years now, and it is amazing how things have changed and how things continue to change. Five years ago, some of the biggest publishing houses in the world would go days or even weeks without updating their Facebook pages. A few did not even have Twitter accounts.

Today, when I looked at the Twitter account of a major publisher—an

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HTML5: Better, Still Not Best

By Dan Corrigan of Scribe

In October of last year, the World Wide Web Consortium gave final approval to HTML5, making it the new default standard for web-based content. From a publishing perspective, it’s a substantial improvement over its predecessor. It offers more possibilities for semantically tagging the structure of content with division elements like “section,” “article,” and “header.”

Because of this, HTML5 has recently come into vogue with some publishers as a practical option for digital publishing and archiving

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Carey Newman

An Interview with Carey Newman

By Carey Newman of the Baylor University Press

For this month’s newsletter, Mark Fretz, Scribe’s Director of Editorial Services, interviewed Dr. Carey Newman, Director of the Baylor University Press. As is evident in the exchange, Baylor University Press is a client of Scribe, having adopted Scribe’s Well-Formed Document Workflow to create its publications. The questions and answers that follow detail the evolution of the press since its inception in 1897, the problems that were faced, and why Baylor University Press chose the Well-Formed

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