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    Re: 2002 Bowditch review
    From: Anthony Cappiello
    Date: 2002 Nov 11, 14:11 -0500

    Since we are back on this issue, I will fan the flames a little. Following
    is a comment I sent to NIMA and the response I received. The response
    clearly indicates NIMA's charter to keep Bowditch 'current' and to
    systematically erase the past as it becomes outdated. I would suggest that
    an archive of even the online versions of bowditch might be worthwhile
    before they disappear from the NIMA site. To be fair, It is great that NIMA
    is moving to all electronic documents. The worldwide pilot charts are in
    progress but moving at a slow pace. I'm still waiting to see all those
    electronic charts appear on their website at for the same cost (ie: free if
    you don't count the US tax dollars and information volunteers provide at no
    cost...). OH, I wouldn't hold my breath for that two volume version of
    Bowditch. I don't think it is within the current NIMA charter. It may be
    time to rework the title page of Bowditch.
    
    Comments to NIMA via email to   'webmaster_nss{at}nima.mil' will get a rapid
    response.
    
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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Doherty, Tim [mailto:DohertyT{at}nima.mil]
    Sent: Thursday, October 03, 2002 7:31 AM
    To: 'Cappiello, Anthony R.'
    Subject: RE: PUB NO.9
    
    Mr. Cappiello
    
    The chapter/filename mismatch in the digital version of Bowditch 2002 is a
    result of the elimination of former Chapter 29 (Position Reporting Systems)
    and the subsequent renumbering of the remaining chapters. The original file
    names were retained to preserve the indexing links already built into the
    documents.
    
    You are underestimating the effort that is required to convert a printed
    publication to a digital one. Bowditch editions prior to 1995 will never be
    converted to digital documents by this Agency. Also, there is no plan to
    make the 1995 edition accessible on our site now that the 2002 edition is
    available, as that policy does not reflect our mission.
    
    Regards,
    
    Tim Doherty
    Maritime Safety Information Division
    (301) 227-3120
    
    
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From:   Cappiello, Anthony R. [SMTP:anthony.cappiello{at}baesystems.com]
    Sent:   Wednesday, October 02, 2002 7:14 PM
    To:     'webmaster_nss{at}nima.mil'
    Subject:        PUB NO.9
    
    Hello;
    While downloading the various chapters of The American Practical Navigator,
    I  noticed there is an error in the file titles starting with chapter 29.
    the file names contain a number which is 1 higher than the chapter number.
    For example: The file for chapter 29 is named Chapt-30.pdf. This continues
    for all remaining chapter through chapter 37 whose file is named
    Chapt-38.pdf. This will cause problems with the index function in Adobe
    Acrobat. Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing the other documents
    completed and available on the web. For many individuals, access to older
    editions of  The American Practical Navigator would be desirable. I'm
    referring to much older editions. One thought would be one edition per
    decade to provide a method to view long forgotten information. Is there any
    schedule for completion of the other documents?
    Thanks Again
    Tony Cappiello
    
    
    
    
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    Tony Cappiello
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Cliff Sojourner [mailto:cls{at}EMPLOYEES.ORG]
    Sent: Monday, November 11, 2002 1:26 PM
    To: NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM
    Subject: Re: 2002 Bowditch review
    
    
    Ken, thanks for your reply about this.
    
    just wondering, did you or someone at Parcay complain to NIMA about the
    low-res scanned images in the PDFs?  (who would we talk to there?)
    
    regards,
    Cliff
    --
    these are the good old days
    Cliff Sojourner          cls{at}employees.org
    
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Ken Gebhart" 
    To: 
    Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2002 11:42
    Subject: Re: 2002 Bowditch review
    
    
    > To the list,
    >
    > Since Cliff opened the door on this one, I feel compelled to respond.  He
    is
    > correct that some of the photos and diagrams are of questionable quality,
    but
    > if he thinks our Paradise Cay/Celestaire edition is bad, he should see the
    > Government's edition.  Most of its photos have severe moire patterns in
    > addition to the pixillation problems.  Its Beaufort photos are vastly
    inferior
    > to ours.  In producing our book, we went back to previous editions to get
    the
    > best photos to scan.  We carried forward 60 color diagrams and photos that
    the
    > Government dropped the color from altogether, and printed only in black
    and
    > white.  If and when we do another printing, we will correct the remaining
    > photos and diagrams to bring them up to a high standard.
    >
    > Needless to say, we welcome further comments from any list members.
    >
    > Ken Gebhart
    
    
    

       
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