All of the magazines on the site have been run through an optical character recognition (OCR) tool, which converts the images in the PDF files to text. Unfortunately, OCRing is by no means perfect, and the text produced still has a reasonable number of errors. This is where you can help. From the tracking page, download one of the PDFs, and then click through to the corresponding text. You will see something like this:
Don't get too alarmed by the garble of text! If you are logged in, you will be able to see the Edit this page button, which will allow you to do exactly that!
If you click the Edit this page button, you'll see some text that looks something like this:
A bit more readable, but still in need of some work. Time to get going!
Generally speaking, the aim is to get the text content exactly the same as in the PDF. Formatting is of secondary importance. The fundamental formatting tool is the paragraph, which is two line breaks (ie one blank line) - a single line break is not enough. Eg
This is a paragraph This is the next paragraph
While in general the content should be the same as the PDF, the following changes should be made:
January 1992 The Sydney Bushwalker Page 5
The number one priority is to get the text corrected. However, it will certainly help us if you can spend a bit of extra time to get it into a more readable format.
As mentioned above, the most important thing is the paragraph - leave a blank line to automatically create one.
If you would also like to format the resulting text, please use the following conventions where possible. Note that recent newsletters may have a fair bit of formatting, so some of these conventions may be difficult to follow:
Avoid using the forced line break (\\) except where absolutely needed eg poems. Use a normal paragraph break in most cases.
For an example of a largely complete magazine, see January 1992. If you click on Edit this page (you need to be logged in), you can also see examples of all of the formatting.
For post April 1994 editions, have a look at December 1999, as the format of the magazine changed.
If you make a mistake while editing, and you haven't saved the page, you can just navigate away from the page. This will lose any of your changes.
If you accidentally save a mistake, you can revert to an old version by using the Old revisions button.
You can also copy text from old revisions, for example, if you accidentally deleted a section.
If you find a problem with the PDF - missing pages, pages the wrong way round, unreadable pages etc - either send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or just leave a note in the Status field on the tracking page.
If you are working on a particular magazine, please update the tracking page. You can add an entry like In progress (Tom) or Complete (Tom) to let others know that you are working on, or have finished a magazine. Only use Complete when you have entirely finished, including formatting.
When you are ready to start editing, see the list of magazines!
Thanks for helping out!