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The Paper Interface

Objective

This project dealt with techniques for the automatic transfer of information between electronic systems and paper documents. Three major components of paper interface systems were identified:
From paper:
-Scanning of composed paper documents. Separation into image, graphics, and text. Recognition and encoding of text and graphics for further processing to generate an electronic document.
To paper:
-Generation of a paper document from electronically filed information.
With paper:
-Recognising and encoding text and graphics information as it is produced.
These components have been integrated into one system, with particular emphasis for each task, on aspects such as the human interface, editing, and the document architectures ODA/ODIF and ISO 8613. The project objectives included the specifications of requirements, a technology study, system and functional specifications, and the development of algorithms.
The project dealt with techniques for the automatic transfer of information between electronic systems and paper documents. 3 major components of paper interface systems were identified:
(scanning of composed paper documents, separation into image, graphics, and text and recognition and encoding of text and graphics for further processing to generate an electronic document);
to paper (generation of a paper document from electronically filed information);
with paper (recognizing and encoding text and graphics information as it is produced).

These components have been integrated into 1 system, with particular emphasis for each task, on aspects such as the human interface, editing, and the document architectures. The project developed a broad set of subsystems. These are: multicolour scanner, page printer, graphics analyser, image analyser, text recognition module, module for online handwriting recognition, document rendition software for combining text and graphics.

A demonstrator system was produced which integrated the 3 project components, data entry (scanner or graphics tablet), analysis software and printer, for evaluation and demonstration.
The project developed a broad set of subsystems. These are:
-multicolour scanner
-page printer
-graphics analyser
-image analyser
-text-recognition module
-module for online handwriting recognition
-document rendition software for combining text and graphics.
A demonstrator system was produced which integrated the three project components (data entry (scanner or graphics tablet), analysis software and printer) for evaluation and demonstration. This integrated system was successfully demonstrated at the 1989 ESPRIT Conference.
Exploitation
The results are expected to be incorporated into office products from 1990 onwards. They will contribute to establishing a link between the paperless parts of the office of the future and those areas where paper will remain an indispensable element. The provision of this link will meet the growing need to avoid incompatibility between paperless and paper-bound tasks.

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AEG ELECTROCOM GMBH
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MAX-STROMEYER-STRAßE 160
7750 KONSTANZ
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