CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
optical character recognition
The process by which written or printed text is converted into data a computer can process, such as ASCII code. It requires a device that reads the text, such as a scanner, and OCR software that translates the character images into digital form. Once the data has been digitized, it can be manipulated in a word processor.
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