Optical character recognition

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Optical character recognition (OCR) is the conversion of photographs of text, into editable text.

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Running OCR on an XO

Install gocr.

yum install gocr

Next, get a pnm image of some page of text.

One approach is to take a screenshot.

yum install ImageMagick

Use Record to take a picture of some text, and show it full screen. Then in Terminal,

sleep 5; import -window root pageimage.png

and switch back to Record while the sleep is happening, and wait for the screenshot to be taken.

Convert the image to text.

gocr pageimage.pnm