What is OCR Table Recognition?
OCR stands for "Optical Character Recognition". The first large scale document OCR scanning systems were used by the United States Postal Service in the 1950s to scan and sort mail. They were able to automatically "read" text, recognizing specific characters and sorting the mail accordingly. OCR table recognition is when the scanner, "recognizes" tables as well as blocks of text. OCR table recognition is now used in all kinds of applications, whether reading documents or inputting them into a word processing program to be edited. OCR table recognition is a relatively simple aspect of OCR because it has little difficulty reading linear tables.
What are the Advantages of OCR Table Recognition?
OCR table recognition has many advantages. If you have a series of complicated tables as part of a larger image it is extremely useful to be able to extract them with a scanner and edit them on screen. With OCR table recognition technology you can scan a table from a magazine, a book or a document in seconds. OCR table recognition means that certain kinds of official documents can also be "read" much quicker than with the human eye. OCR table recognition can, with certain types of tables, even be more accurate than the human eye, reducing the element of human error.
How Does OCR Table Recognition Work?
OCR table recognition works because OCR technology is able to recognize certain kinds of characters, lines or other shapes and distinguish them from other images. It can do this in two different ways. OCR table recognition either works because the software has been programmed to "recognize" the table concerned or else it uses "intelligent character recognition", which doesn't need a database to work. In that case the OCR table recognition works by a broader ability to recognize patterns and shapes.