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Re: PDF & HP Digital Sender

From: C. Bottelier <c.bottelier@iradis.org>
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 23:21:01 +0100
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To: Patrick Burke <burke@ucla.edu>, Loretta Guarino Reid <lguarino@adobe.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

At 19:00 25-10-02, Patrick Burke wrote:
>I hadn't heard of the Digital Sender before now. From what I can tell it 
>combines scanning & email software, so you can scan zillions of docs & 
>send 'em out to the world ... in PDF or TIFF form (with no underlying text 
>in the PDF). (Not sure of the TIFF quality for OCR purposes.) So it 
>becomes very easy for an organization to get a system like this & start 
>cranking out the inaccessibility.


>Are you familiar with systems like this? Is there anything that can be 
>done to docs in these systems to add the underlying text? (I imagine one 
>would have to do OCR, proof it, and add it to the file in the Acrobat editor.

Cannon / OCE are selling complete document managing and archiving
solutions build around their copying machines. They putup a few
large storage servers in the network to which to copying machine
sends the scanned paper in tiff files. Then on your PC you pickup
your scanned material and provide some descriptive information. This
goes into a pdf file (only the scanned images, without OCRed text)
Also email, notes, and word documents can be archived by the system.
These are also saved as pdf files containing a rendered images of
the information. It sells big time, as many companies jump into it,
as by the promotion it gets from Cannon / OCE as the more than
perfect solution to provide complete and ultimate access to all
information flows.

A disabled person would be put out of work if he was to be working
for a company that moves to such a system, because the company has
to either have someone to read all the messages and reports to
him/her, or looses a lot of time on him/her because of all the
OCRing and proofing.

Ultimate access to information???
Received on Monday, 28 October 2002 16:14:06 UTC

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