Worcestershire Record No 7, November 1999

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 April 2000 so please send your contribution by early March at the latest, if possible.

Ideally please send your article on disc or via email in Microsoft Word 6 (or earlier) 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 print-out with your disc. Providing the system works email give me least work. Send your article as an attached file. Drawing 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 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.. Incidentally, reading one well-known lepidopterist's handwriting requires the skills of a cryptologist, several biologists and a pile of books! All good fun.

Illustrations: Previous editions of Worcestershire Record have been produced on the Wildlife Trust's photocopier. This issue will have been produced by commercial hopefully high-quality photocopying (the cost is much the same). This should cope well with line drawings and the firm have promised me good copies of photographs - we shall see! I hope reproduction will be better than in the past.. In future 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.

Send your articles to Harry Green, Windy Ridge, Pershore Rd., Little Comberton, Pershore, Worcs., WR10 3EW. Or send them email to harrygreen@britishlibrary.net Or you may send them, marked for Harry Green's attention, to Worcestershire Biological Records Centre, c/o Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Lower Smite Farm, Smite Hill, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SZ.

If you wish to discuss a possible article beforehand please give me a ring on 01386 710377,

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