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Query:   Sum: OCR software
Author:  David Beck
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Computational Linguistics

Summary:   A COUPLE OF WEEKS BACK I POSTED A QUERY ABOUT OCR SOFTWARE FOR THE MAC
THAT IS TRAINABLE ENOUGH TO BE USEFUL TO A LINGUIST SCANNING LATIN OR
IPA-BASED NON-ENGLISH TEXTS. THANKS TO

JAKOB DEMPSEY
SARAH RILLING
MICHAEL BETSCH
ANDREW AREFIEV
MARC FRYD
AND DANIEL LOEHR

FOR THEIR RESPONSES.

IN THE MAC WORLD, IT APPEARS THAT THE FRONT-RUNNER IN THIS AREA IS THE
WIDELY-AVAILABLE OMNIPAGE PROGRAMME FROM CAERE CORPORATION
(HTTP://WWW.CAERE.COM FOR INFO). IT IS APPARENTLY TRAINABLE ALTHOUGH
ONE RESPONDENT EXPRESSSED SOME DOUBTS ABOUT BEING ABLE TO TRAIN IT TO
HANDLE MORE THAN A SINGLE SPECIAL FONT. I SHOULD ALSO MENTION THAT THE
FIRST SALES REP I TALKED TO PREVIOUSLY ABOUT OMNIPAGE SEEMED TO THINK
THAT IT MIGHT HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE COMBINATIONS OF LETTERS AND
DIACRITS TYPICAL OF IPA- BASED ALPHABETS. HOWEVER, THE PUBLICITY
LITERATURE ON THE WEB SITE SEEMS TO IMPLY THAT IT CAN BE TRAINED TO
RECOGNIZE COMBINATIONS OF SEPARATE CHARACTERS AND THE LAST SALES REP I
TALKED TO SEEMED TO THINK THAT THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT OMNIPAGE COULD
DO THE JOB.

JAKOB DEMPSEY ALSO MENTIONED AN

LL Issue: 8.1135
Date Posted: 04-Aug-1997
Original Query: Read original query