Optical character recognition - OCR - is the mechanical or electronic conversion of scanned images of printed text into machine-encoded text. It is widely used as a form of data entry from original paper data source, whether documents, sales receipts, mail, or any number of printed records. It is a common method of digitizing printed texts so that they can be electronically searched and stored more compactly.
Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
- Converts scanned images of printed text into machine-encoded text
- Widely used as a form of data entry from original paper data source or printed records
Digital scanners cannot OCR a full page.
Digital scanners can read 6 to 60 point OCR typeface and support the following types of fonts only; other fonts are not supported:
US Currency Serial Number
In the early days of computer optical character recognition, there was a need for a font that could be recognized by the computers and humans. Uses simple, thick strokes to form recognizable characters. Commonly used in banking.
Created to get financial features used by banks. Includes all ASCII symbols, and other symbols included for the bank environment. Widely used for the human readable digits in UPC / EAN barcodes. Compared to OCR-A, easier for the human eye to read, looks less technical. Used in passports, books, etc.