Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 3:26 pm
You are referring to the Web / Technical dept., right? I meant the Printing Dept. Unless I'm very much mistaken, Printing has files on computers that they use to print off the scriptures on ther big printing presses. It's the same process, kind of, as printing off a MS Word document from your home PC; their printer (actually printing press) is just much much bigger.Actually you have it a little backwards. We don't keep the scriptures in PDF format. They are converted to PDF format after they are converted to the Web format.
Even if they do not do this, which I think would fly in the face of publishing norms and be very surprising, posting PDFs would still be relatively easy. Just take the book, cut off the binding, scan it (there's machines that will automatically do this so you don't have to manually feed in each page), and then save it as a PDF. No OCR, no nothing, no potential for errors, just the raw images of the pages. There are even services which can do this for you, for a reasonable cost.
The whole point of this is to cut out any possibility for transmission errors or human errors. Thus eliminate the roadblocks to getting it online. The scanning-from-print idea adds a *very slight* possibility for error that distilling direct from the printing file doesn't have, but any errors could be easily caught by going through page by page (making sure the digital is visually the same as the physical, no pages are missing or smudged, etc.) by someone who doesn't even speak the language.
Should I call the printing dept. with this idea; is it more up their alley?