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NewsForge: Optical Character Recognition is an Uphill Battle for Open Source

Jan 04, 2006, 05:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"If you use Linux, or another free operating system, and need optical character recognition (OCR) software, be prepared for a challenge. OCR is a tricky problem on any computing platform--both because it is conceptually hard, and because the task does not lend itself to simple, easy-to-use interfaces.

"OCR is the use of visual pattern matching to extract text from an image--usually a scanned paper document, but it could be a digital photo, a frame of video, or a screenshot just as easily..."

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