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Converting Print Read to Web Scan Text

Web sites are full of print media text. Shame on them. Users are in a hurry. They hate dense blocks of lengthy blabbering. They ignore most text on their hunt for Relevant Content. Find out how to convert Print Read text into easily consumed information for the web.

Streight, Steven. Blogger.com (2004). Articles>Web Design>Scanning>Writing


Hewlett-Packard's CapShare 920 Portable E-Copier/Scanner  (link broken)   (PDF)

The Hewlett-Packard CapShare 920 is designed to copy blocks of print and graphics as you pass it over the hardcopy document. If the size of the block to be scanned exceeds the 51/4-inch width of the scanner's surface, the HP Capshare 920 automatically pieces the output of successive swaths into one document. Stored documents can be transmitted to a computer as a graphics file, and text images can be converted to text files using ScanSoft's TextBridge optical character recognition (OCR) software included with the package. You can view demonstrations of the scanner at www. capshare.hp.com. in five to fifteen seconds to devices equipped with fast infrared (FIR) and in fifteen to thirty seconds to devices equipped with serial infrared (SIR). The scanner uses Scan Soft's Pagis Pro 2.0 software to organize files, clean up documents, and send both to other applications.

Wallia, C.J.S. Intercom (2006). Articles>Technology>Scanning


How to Get Better Scans

Removing margins, extracting type from scanned digital images.

Photoshop 911 (2000). Design>Graphic Design>Scanning


QuikScan: Formatting Documents for Better Comprehension and Navigation   (peer-reviewed)   (members only)

QuikScan is an innovative format that makes print and online documents more usable. QuikScan employs within-document summaries formatted as numbered list items. These numbers correspond to numbers placed in the body of the document where the summarized ideas are discussed in full. QuikScan enables readers to (1) read summaries instead of the detailed content, (2) use the summaries as previews, (3) navigate quickly to the place where a summarized idea is fully discussed in the body of the document, and (4) direct other individuals to locations in the document. QuikScan is nonproprietary; anyone is free to use it and adapt it to their needs.

Zhou, Quan and David K. Farkas. Technical Communication Online (2010). Articles>Document Design>Scanning


What Can Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Really Recognize?   (PDF)

A handout describing the process and possibilities of optical character recognition systems.

Ford, Donna A. Write On Design (2001). Articles>Software>Scanning>OCR

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