when correcting old newspaper articles is there any way to reproduce italics in the corrected text?
This question, or similar, in regard to italics, bold, etc. has been asked a few times in the 'Fixing Text' sub-forum.
The answer is usually something like - there is no way to add formatting to the corrected text and all corrections are meant to be done in plain text.
There are text correction guidelines available in the 'Fixing Text' subforum, but these are shortly going to be updated. In principle the aims of text correction are as follows (in order of priority):
AIM 1 - The primary aim is to increase the accuracy of the translated text so that the computer indexing system will allow more effective searches for words and phrases within the newspapers, and thereby increasing access to the information contained in the newspapers.
AIM 2 - To produce a text translation that is as close to the original as possible within the limits of ‘plain text’, but with the proviso that there are some exceptions to avoid compromising the effectiveness of the search functionality.
AIM 3 - To produce a clean, plain text translation that is suitable for export and external use with a minimum need for formatting and 're-correcting'.
It needs to be remembered that the aim of correcting the text is not to achieve something that 'looks presentable', the main aim is to enable more effective search functionality. The image of the newspaper, in its original format on the right of the screen, is the place to read the text in a 'presentable' form. The corrected text is there primarily for the computer system to read. The only time a user should need to 'read' the translated text is for those few cases when the original image is barely readable.
Last edited by Spearth; 15-05-2012 at 08:13 PM.