Scanning (was Re: recent acquisitions for the House of VAX

From: Carlini, Antonio <>
Date: Tue Sep 11 01:03:47 2001

Chuck McManis wrote:
> This topic has gone over the list a few times, from
> experience, the "best"
> scans are 600 DPI black and white compressed into PDF files.

No problem here.

> The KA655 TM that is on the DFWCUG
> site appears from the PDF to be 100
> DPI/8 bit (note
> that's 800 bits per inch net and the result is harder to
> read)

The KA655 TM was done at 600dpi ... the source,
however, was a none-too-good photocopy.

Remember that Acrobat will display however
you tell it to and fit-to-page on a 17"
monitor looks quite different to the same
on a 19" or 21" monitor. Try fit-to-width
and see if that helps.

> scanning this manual to my list. They don't appear to have
> come up with a
> 'standard' for their scans. That would help too.

I suspect that if they mandated a standard
then they might put off people who might
otherwise contribute (and I still say
that any scan is always better than no scan!).

The scans just need to be good enough to
be able to be OCRd perfectly 10 years from
now (once someone gets around to writing
OCR software that works almost perfectly
rather than the current crop which seems
to fail most of the time).

Received on Tue Sep 11 2001 - 01:03:47 BST

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