Daniellalpl wrote: ↑Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:25 pm
I first began reading and exploring the E-text version using Word, before moving to the DAISY version, which I read with Read2Go in my iPhone. I could not download the .epub version, I got the same error several times ("This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below."
The descriptions in the DAISY format using the Read2Go app are read well and in their entirety.
In the E-text version, it took me some exploring to make JAWS read the descriptions properly:
In the Photo Section (level 1 heading), if I start reading continuously, JAWS read the descriptions but if I stopped it, it did not continue reading them; I could not find the descriptions moving line by line. I tried to find the descriptions by looking for specific words but could not move to them. I assume that the descriptions are inserted as objects.
I could make JAWS read the descriptions by moving up and down using the read previous or next paragraph command. Nevertheless, at first JAWS was not reading the entire description. It appeared to skip part of the descriptions of the photographs; it did not finish reading them, even when I moved to them using the previous or next paragraph commands.
A couple of examples of JAWS not reading the end of the descriptions:
Description for figure 1: "... uniform. He has a st..."
The description for figure 3 stops with "pin depicting the torso o..."
Description for figure 4: "... floral dress that reaches just pass..."
Would it be possible to insert photo descriptions in the text, rather than as objects?
Using JAWS in Word, I can move to the graphics (the description objects) as follows:
Activate quick keys by pressing insert+z
Then type the letter "g". Shift+g will find the last graphic).
Note: JAWS detects text layer objects if the Graphics option under General Options is on in the Quick Settings dialog. Press insert+v, then type graph, scroll down to find "include graphical dimensions" and activate it. This fixes the issue of JAWS reading incomplete descriptions (in most instances). It is still necessary to move to the descriptions using the previous or next paragraphs, and the letter g when quick keys is on in Word.
It may also be useful to include some instructions in the production notes section at the beginning of the book (the E-text version) for readers to know that there are photo descriptions. It may also be useful to add some instructions on how to find/read descriptions; perhaps add this information with other tips on the website.
I saved the .docx file as a pdf to see how the figures and descriptions were read by JAWS, but I could not find any descriptions searching for text (I looked for specific words like floral and dress). Also, it is interesting that after converting the Word file to PDF, there appear to be only three headings: about this digital talking book; Additional acknowledgement; copyright and publishing information.
Regarding format preferences, I usually prefer E-text versions if they are available; the exception is if the DAISY format is narrated by a human rather than synthetic speach. I prefer E-text for two main reasons:
1. They are much smaller than DAISY formats and are quicker to download.
2. It is easier to search for text. If I want to read E-text versions away from my computer, I save them into a different format rather than .docx (I find that .docx files do not work seemlessly with the Victor Stream.