Background

We store articles in a text format called Markdown. The Markdown files are then used to automatically generate other document formats like web pages (HTML). We use Markdown because it’s simple, human-readable and can be edited without any proprietary software (like Microsoft Word), reducing the possibility of technological obsolescence.

The problem

Most issues published before 2008 exist only in paper form, and digitizing them is a tedious process. First we use a scanner to generate image files (PDF), and then we process those images with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to generate rough text files.

While the OCR software is pretty smart, it still makes lots of mistakes. Before we can use the text it produces, we need humans to carefully weed out errors and adjust the formatting. The Editor does some of this, but the archives are far too large for a single proofreader.

How you can help

Are you a human? Do you like proofreading? Great!

  1. Look at our short guide to Markdown to get a feel for how it works.

  2. Browse the archives and find an interesting article in a PDF file that hasn’t already been converted.

  3. Get the computer-generated text for the PDF file. You’ll find it on the download page for the PDF file under a link titled “komputile rekonita teksto”.

  4. Copy and paste the text for your article into a text editor program (like Wordpad for Windows or TextEdit for macOS). Carefully proofread it, fixing scan errors and reformatting it in Markdown. If an error is present in the original article, however, please leave it as-is.

  5. Send the proofed Markdown text for your article to bulteno at esperanto dot org. You can put the Markdown in the body of the message, or include it as a .TXT attachment. (Please don’t forget to mention in which issue the article appeared!)

  6. Bask in the glory of having helped preserve a piece of history! To receive an update when your article is added to the archives — along with announcements of newly scanned PDF files — subscribe to our RSS feed laste bitigitaj.

Multan dankon!