Handwriting Recognition


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Wikipedia says:
Handwriting recognition is the ability of a computer to receive and interpret intelligible handwritten input. The image of the written text may be sensed from a piece of paper by optical scanning (optical character recognition). Alternatively, the movements of the pen tip may be sensed by a pen-based computer screen surface. Handwriting recognition principally entails optical character recognition (OCR). A complete handwriting recognition system also handles formatting, performs correct segmentation into characters and finds the most plausible words.

The elements of an on-line handwriting recognition interface typically include:
  • a pen or stylus for the user to write with.
  • a touch sensitive surface, which may be integrated with, or adjacent to, an output display.
  • a software application which interprets the movements of the stylus across the writing surface, translating the resulting curves into digital text.
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