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Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is the machine recognition of printed characters. OCR software takes a scanned document, photograph, or other digital source that includes printed text, and uses sophisticated algorithms to search out letter patterns in the text, converting it from a non-machine-readable image to a machine-readable (and human-editable) ASCII text.

OCR technical is critical for increasing accessibility of printed documents to the visually disabled and in the digitization of old records, documents, and books.

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