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Errata and Limitations of
The Sherlock Holmes Journal (e-SHJ) on CD

 

I found the e-SHJ to be highly reliable and very usable. However, no computer product is error-free and the e-SHJ has some minor limitations. None of these should prevent you from buying the current product. I only mention them because, on the rare chance that you actually encounter one of these points, you may save time and avoid some frustrations by having this information. I've listed workarounds that may be helpful. Please contact me if you find other errata or limitations, so we can inform others who use the e-SHJ.

 

 

Unable to print the first few pages in certain magazines

In certain files, mainly the first issue of each volume, there may be problems printing the first few pages of that file. This appears to be due to a conflict between file page position numbers and Logical Page Numbers when the first pages of the original magazine were numbered starting with "1". If you are unable to print the first few pages of a magazine, disable "Logical Page Numbers" through Edit > Preferences > Options > Miscellaneous, print those pages, and then re-enable the LPNs.

 

Unable to "Go To" or "Select" the first few pages in certain magazines

In certain files, mainly the first issue of each volume, there may be problems going directly to one of the first few pages of a file. This occurs when using the "Go To Page" menu command or when entering a number in the current page number area of the status bar. It appears to be due to a conflict between file page position numbers and Logical Page Numbers when the first pages of the original magazine were numbered starting with "1". Since it's often very helpful to use the Logical Page Numbers, it's not worth it to disable this feature. Instead simply go to the beginning of the document and press the Page Down key several times to reach the desired page.

 

Text is not found or Search does not find all keywords

While most of the e-SHJ text is quite accurate, there are some scanning and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) text errors, especially in the earlier issues that had typewriter-style print. The only frequent error is that the British pound symbol () is not recognized. There are occasional errors with some italicized words and missing spaces between words. To minimize the impact of OCR errors, search for as few letters as possible. See my Tips for Using Acrobat and Tips for Using the e-SHJ. In addition, American users should remember that the SHJ uses British spelling of words such as organisation, colour, etc. Finally, there are some typos and inconsistencies in document titles that may affect searches limited to certain document names.

 

"Could not open the file" or "Document could not be found" error

You will get one of these messages if you are using the e-SHJ directly from the Disc One CD and try to open the Membership Lists, the Annual Dinner Menus, or the Christmas Cards files. This happens when you click on their bookmarks or when you select one of those files from a Query (Search Results) dialog. These files are on Disc Two. In order to reliably access these files, I needed to close all my open Acrobat documents, eject Disc One, Insert Disc Two, and click on one of the Disc Two files. At that point I could use the bookmarks and Query/Search for those three files (but of course not the files on Disc One). As a better alternative, you can copy all the e-SHJ files to your hard disk and avoid this problem.

 

Logical Page Numbers missing in certain files

Most issues include Logical Page Numbers, which allow you to enter the original magazine page number and jump directly to that page. See Using Logical Page Numbers for details. However, a few issues only have the standard Acrobat page file position numbers. Use the "title" bookmarks to quickly go to your desired article, or mentally calculate the approximate page position number and use it.

 

Text not readable on-screen / missing pages

I have not noticed any missing pages or any significant illegible text. In some very rare cases a few letters or numbers may not be readable. If you can't deduce them from context and the text occurs in volumes 1 or 2 (1952-1955), you should check the "image" version of the files in the "V1-2 with Hidden Texts" folder on Disc Two. These provide an exact replica of the original magazine page images and may provide more detail (when magnified) than the standard files for those magazine issues.

 

 

 


 

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