Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2001 14:29:40 -0400 (EDT)
Author: Steve Wonnell
Subject: RE: Sutton book
> I guess another clean option is a PDF file, but it would also have to be
> re-typed. Can you search for key words in a pdf file?
It depends (I believe) on the nature of the original file. E.g. if
the original file is a word document, distilled to pdf, then the pdf
version can be searched. If the original is an image (i.e. a page from
Sutton scanned and saved in a .gif or .tif format), then I doubt that
the file, distilled to pdf, can be searched.
Scanning with OCR might be okay, but each page would have to be carefully
proof-read. I'm inclined to agree that re-typing the manuscript is the
way to go. It's probably less bother, all things considered, than trying
to index a bunch of scanned images of pages. It's also probably easier to
centrally combine the work into a single coherent document if the job is
split up among different PIRA members. Plus, the completed document would
be completely efficient, in terms of disk space, which would leave room
for high-resolution images of the drawings in Sutton.