[BCAB] thoughts on a job requirement

Steve Nutt steve at comproom.co.uk
Tue Oct 22 12:46:17 BST 2019


I don't think we are off topic.  We are talking about ways of analysing
documents.  Text Analyser and sound schemes go a long way to helping you do
that.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: David Reynolds <david at dkreynolds.plus.com> 
Sent: 22 October 2019 12:31
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] thoughts on a job requirement

We're ambling off topic here.
Returning to Giles' original question, I'd agree with Colin.
Whilst it is possible to produce well formatted documents, checking that
existing documents meet certain standards is going to be tricky. The person
with sight has visual immediacy, which is to say that as soon as a document
appears on the screen, he/she can spot faults.
Having said all that, if you're able togain a good working knowledge of the
in-house formatting, you'll certainly stand more of a chance,

Good luck,

David.

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Nutt <steve at comproom.co.uk>
Sent: 22 October 2019 09:03
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] thoughts on a job requirement

Hi Colkin,

I think you'd be surprised.  I have produced many documents for presentation
on my own.

Take a look at this:-

https://doccenter.freedomscientific.com/doccenter/doccenter/rs25c51746a0cc/2
012-06-20_textformatting/02_textformatting.htm

This is why I have always said that in the work place, NVDA doesn't even
come close to JAWS.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Colin Phelan <Colin_Phelan at pmlgroup.com>
Sent: 22 October 2019 08:53
To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] thoughts on a job requirement

Hi Giles,
Whilst I would never want to dissuade anyone from applying for a challenging
role, from my perspective of decades of producing client facing documents I
have never gained the confidence or actually ability to replicate sight in
checking a document is formatted and I continue to use a resource to double
check all documents before they leave me.
I think the checks and balances to get the final 10% of format would be
difficult to complete efficiently and in a productive manner also without
being able to see what you are doing.
The spelling etc.. is the easy bit, perhaps a support worker could assist
with the final polish.
All the best 
Colin   

-----Original Message-----
From: Giles Turnbull [mailto:giles.turnbull at gmail.com]
Sent: 22 October 2019 08:07
To: bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk
Subject: [BCAB] thoughts on a job requirement

Hi all,

I know everybody's skills vary in terms of what they find easy or difficult
to do as a blind person, but I wondered what thoughts you have on this
element of a proofreader job I quite fancy applying for.
The bulk of the role is spotting typos and grammatical errors, but there is
also this:

* To ensure that all inspection reports adhere to the correct templates, are
formatted correctly and meet house style.

I used to use house styles when I worked for the Civil Service in my sighted
days. Now I'm totally blind and use NVDA. I know I can configure NVDA to
read things like margin widths and fonts etc, but I'm not sure that alone
would enable me to detect whether it was the correct template.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Giles

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