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This project was begun in 1995. It's aim is to promote the fields of modern catastrophism and revised ancient history, as described in the pages of the SIS Chronology & Catastrophism Review and Workshop, Aeon, Pensée, Kronos, The Velikvoskian, and other similar publications. Unfortunately, most of these publication were not available in computerised format, so the task begun to:
This project has proved quite time consuming with an estimated 250+ journals issues, 2000 articles, and 10,000 pages, plus another 2,000 pages from Web sites.
- Use a scanner to create images of these publication (each page takes about 1 minute)
- Use optical character recognition (OCR) software to try and create editable text from the scanned images. Unfortunately this process has varying degrees of success from complete failure to a couple of errors per page.
- Either proof-read the editable text, or type it in from scratch if the OCR failed
- Convert files from several different formats into HTML (suitable for Web pages)
- Tidy up pages into a form suitable for this project, ie:
- remove page number out of the body of the text
- move footnotes to a more suitable location
- Redo tables and charts
- Add text enhancements to the text, including: bold text, italics, underlines, subscripts and superscripts, headers, and various mathematical and Greek texts (ie: c d e f g | ¹ ¬ ® ¥)
- Handle graphics: images, photographs, illustrates, and charts that can not be reproduced in text alone.
- Create contents pages, and link to each article
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- Time has not permitted graphics (photos, illustrations, etc) to be included in many articles
- The text requires further proof-reading for consistently, ie. "1/2" becomes ½, etc.
- The text requires "extended" characters to be handled consistently, and many to be converted to HTML "entities", ie, é encoded as "é".
- Some notes in the text have links to their references at the end of the article, but it is not consistent in all articles.
- Not all headers, sub-headers and section heads are consistent in style.