By Harry Green
We need your contributions.
Hopefully subscribers and readers will find something of interest in this issue. If you would like to modify the mix of articles please write something we can publish! Anything connected with biological records and recording will be welcome. I expect to produce the next issue in November 2001 so please send your contribution by early October at the latest, if possible.
Ideally please send your article on disc or via email in Windows 95/Microsoft Word 6 (or earlier) format or Word Perfect 5.1. If you have more recent versions of Word please save in Word 6 before sending to me as I do not yet have newer versions on my computer. If you use another word processor please send as text rich file or text file. Always send a good quality print-out with your disc. Providing the system works email give me least work. Send your article as an attached file but only send one attachment per email. Drawings usually come over well in Word 6 but you had best post photos!
PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR ARTICLE WITH COMPLEX LAYOUTS AND FORMATTING! PLEASE DO NOT CONVERT TO COLUMNS ETC. I need simple text! Also scanning for OCR is usually best from simple text. My OCR system does not always like two-column lists for example and sometimes scrambles the lot. I had to resort to actual cut and paste (with scissors!) to get one list on the machine.
It is best if you indicate the ideal position of tables, drawings, graphics maps etc in the text but send them on separate sheets of paper or at the end of the article. This avoids formatting difficulties when converting to two columns etc, and I can more easily scan and size the graphics for insertion as necessary.
If you do not have access to a PC or the correct software please send a clear typescript preferably in biggish typeface of around 12 point for easy scanning and OCR - smaller type size and less than good photocopies increase the OCR error rate!
I can cope with clear hand writing though it obviously takes longer as I have to key it in, but do not let this prevent you sending hand-written articles. I can probably bend a helpful arm if necessary.
Illustrations: The Worcestershire Record is produced by commercial fairly high-quality photocopying. This copes well with line drawings but only moderately well with photographs If you send photos then prints are best as my equipment is less good at scanning transparencies. However, I can get good prints done from transparencies if necessary. Pictures need to be simple and clear for the photocopying system to give reasonable results.
Please bear in mind that the articles are also put on these web pages, and consult John Partridge if you are producing maps and pictures - these can cause problems which take a long time to solve!
Details of where to send articles are on the contacts page.
If you wish to discuss a possible article beforehand please get in touch.
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