OCR font


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OCR font

A font introduced in the late 1960s for optical recognition. OCR fonts were designed for both machine and human recognition in the days when machine recognition was nowhere near as powerful as it is today. Nearly all printed fonts can be recognized with OCR machines in the 21st century. See OCR.


OCR A Font
This is an example of the OCR A font.
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Founded in 1992, Azalea Software is a digital type foundry specializing in bar code and OCR fonts. Their products are available for Microsoft Windows, the Macintosh, UNIX, and other platforms in both TrueType and Type 1 format.
This will obviate the growing practice of some users of fax of printing out their messages in an OCR font, transmitting them by fax, whereupon the receiver scans them with an OCR scanner to get them back into computer form.
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