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From: Mark Hattam <>
Subject: Re: Double checking entries
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2001 16:34:39 +0000
Yep, that's how I do mine too.
I transcribe with the image viewed at around 60%, and SpeedBMD at the
bottom of the screen. That gives about 18 or 19 lines worth before
the image needs scrolling. (Yes, I do it line by line.)
Then after finishing the page, I open the .sca file in WordPad,
resize the scan to about 55% and view them side by side. Very easy
then to see if I've missed a line as well as correct the districts.
All depends on size and resolution of screen of course.
I don't add too many districts to the user file in SpeedBMD cos I
think it'd actually slow typing down by having all the "standard"
ones plus lots of my own varioations. I'm used to the SpeedBMD
"standards" so it's always the same ones that need tweaking to match
>Hi - this is a message for newbies who are transcribing from scans. It
>is something that I wish I had known when I first started and hopefully
>it may help someone else.
>I always wondered how accurate my typing was, even though I checked each
>SpeedBMD entry before the last TAB. I thought some must have slipped
>by. Well, some did as I found when double checking using the following
>I opened the original scan in Imaging (Accessories) at 51% magnification
>and sized the window to fit the left side of my screen. It showed one
>column of the scan. Then I opened the transcribed file (eg.
>68M30081.sca) in Wordpad (Accessories) and sized the window to fit the
>right side of my screen. I first used the Replace feature to change
>districts that needed commas (such as Bradford Yk. to "Bradford, Yk.")
>Then I could check the entries right beside each other using a
>straightedge to see if I had actually typed exactly what was on the scan
>and repair any mistakes.
>I must say that I didn't do too bad, but less than 100% accurate isn't
>the best. I found a few typos, mostly things like "Catherine" for
>"Catharine" and the odd mistyped page number. But now they are all
>being fixed and I think that what is uploaded should be certified error