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

Stoppard stoppard at ntlworld.com
Wed Mar 31 15:26:30 UTC 2004

For give me for asking, but what is gocr?

Something, optical chariter reader?
I thought screen readers and braile displays were expensive every where not
just in the UK.

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----- Original Message -----
From: "John J. Boyer" <director at chpi.org>
To: <blinux-list at redhat.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 2:14 PM
Subject: [Jocr-devels] gocr and the blind (fwd)

> 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
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> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> 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
> 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
> contact the BBC broadcasters at intouch at bbc.co.uk. The website is
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/intouch.shtml.
> Oliver
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