[Jocr-devels] gocr and the blind (fwd)

John J. Boyer director at chpi.org
Wed Mar 31 13:14:18 UTC 2004

Some of you might want to contact the BBC as suggested in this message. I 
might do so myself, but I don't have a scanner connected to my machine.


John J. Boyer; Executive Director, Chief Software Developer
Computers to Help People, Inc.
825 East Johnson; Madison, WI 53703

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Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 12:21:29 -0800
From: Oliver D. Iberien <oliver.iberien at mindspring.com>
To: jocr-devels at lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: [Jocr-devels] gocr and the blind

I was just listening to a BBC Radio 4 broadcast about the trouble the blind in 
Britain have in locating books of any real quality to read. I wondered why 
they weren't simply using scanners, OCR, and braille displays and/or speech 
synthesizers along with printed books. It turn out that the basic software 
sold to the blind is very expensive. This is $1000 
(http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_news/nr_OB7S.asp), not including a 
speech sythesizer. (It's thousands more for a braille display). 

It seems to me that someone could string something together using gocr, or 
similar, to give the blind affordable software and hence better access. I 
don't know if anyone is working on such a thing, but if so, you might want to 
contact the BBC broadcasters at intouch at bbc.co.uk. The website is 


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