15.635 OCR for handwriting?

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty (w.mccarty@btinternet.com)
Date: Sat May 04 2002 - 04:06:04 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 635.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Sat, 04 May 2002 08:59:50 +0100
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: OCR for handwriting?

    Dear colleagues:

    See the following query about OCR for handwritten documents.

    A brief look around the Web turns up, for example, a report from the Center
    for Spoken Language Understanding, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and
    Technology, "OCR: handwriting",
    <http://cslu.cse.ogi.edu/HLTsurvey/ch2node6.html>, which makes one hopeful.
    It would appear that it's time to revisit the question and collect
    experiences with existing products, if any. As we all know, upbeat
    technical papers are better than pessimistic ones, but for the likes of us
    product names and URLs, backed by solid recommendations, are to be
    preferred. Are there any of the latter to be found?

    In the following note particularly what kind of handwriting is to be
    processed. It seems the fellow didn't have OCR in mind at the time, though
    he did indeed have an interesting (and shall we say expanded?) mind.

    Please circulate this note wherever you think it might get a learned response.


    >Date: Fri, 03 May 2002 15:26:42 -0700
    >From: James Sexton <sexton@camosun.bc.ca>
    >>To: willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk
    >Reply-to: James Sexton <sexton@camosun.bc.ca>
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    >Dear Prof McCarty:
    >I am a scholarly editor--most recently, co-ed. "Complete Essays of Aldous
    >Huxley", and, at the moment, I am strongly considering committing myself to
    >producing an authorised edition of ca 1,000 unpublished letters by Huxley.
    >However, I have no funding set up, and since many of the letters are
    >handwritten, I was wondering if you have any more recent information about
    >OCR software that recognizes handwriting?
    >Obviously the demands on my time and budget will be much greater than I
    >would hope for if there is no reasonably accurate OCR scanning software now
    >available. I did read your 1989 message on OptiRam--not sure if they are
    >still in business. Any information you can provide would be much
    >James Sexton, Ph.D.

    Dr Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer,
    Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London,
    Strand, London WC2R 2LS, U.K.,
    +44 (0)20 7848-2784, ilex.cc.kcl.ac.uk/wlm/,
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