9.651 the state of OCR?

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Mon, 25 Mar 1996 19:05:24 -0500 (EST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 651.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
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[1] From: Willard McCarty <mccarty@phoenix.princeton.edu> (14)
Subject: OCR

Last year at about this time I made a comparative survey of OCR software and
found, in brief, the following:

-- OmniPage Pro was clearly the best;
-- Cuneiform was quite good but not trainable;
-- TextBridge, despite all the noise, was not worth the trouble
for the kinds of texts we usually handle.

Would any Humanist care to comment on the state of the OCR art now? Is the
above assessment, though exceedingly crude, still essentially correct?

I would also appreciate any sources of detailed information. If you think I
have it all wrong, or am seriously incorrect about any of the above, please
set the record straight.

Thanks very much.