15.070 OCR on hand-printed texts

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Date: Fri Jun 01 2001 - 02:56:03 EDT

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                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 70.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: pmidgley <pmidgley@ualberta.ca> (11)
             Subject: RE: 15.061 OCR on hand-printed texts

       [2] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (13)
             Subject: Richard Weyhrauch

             Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2001 07:47:50 +0100
             From: pmidgley <pmidgley@ualberta.ca>
             Subject: RE: 15.061 OCR on hand-printed texts

    I have a similar problem to that of Michael John Gorman: I am looking for OCR
    software that will recognize old manuscripts that contain large sections of
    Greek. The manuscripts not hand-written--they have been typeset, but the fonts
    and letter shapes used by the early typesetters do not always correspond to
    modern typesetting characters. Consequently, existing OCR software has trouble
    recognising many of the characters.

    I suspect that Michael's problem is similar to mine, in that he, too is
    dealing with early typeset material (not hand-written) that is not recognised
    by computer software. (I hope I understand you correctly, Michael.)

    If there are any suggestions, I'd welcome them.

    Peter Midgley

             Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2001 07:52:11 +0100
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: Richard Weyhrauch

    Some years ago one Richard Weyhrauch, a semi-retired computer scientist in
    California, had a business (Ibuki, it was called) based on an OCR system he
    designed and built for scanning unusually difficult material. His equipment
    (hardware and software) could handle 17C printed books, perhaps even more
    difficult material. I certainly saw proof of this. Richard turned up at a
    few humanities computing conferences, but I haven't seen him in years. Does
    anyone know of what happened to him and his OCR equipment?


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