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Optical Character Recognition

  • By: Edward Lee Lamoureux
  • In: Encyclopedia of New Media
  • Edited by: Steve Jones
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies

Optical character recognition (OCR) uses machines—computers and sometimes other peripherals such as scanners—and software to recognize printed text characters. OCR enables users to digitally “read” and store printed text, thereby reducing the amount of typing required for inputting text. ...

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