[Athen] Automated Server for OCR of Inaccessible PDF Files

Ron ronrstewart at gmail.com
Mon Jul 20 12:10:57 PDT 2015

On Monday, July 20, 2015, Wink Harner <foreigntype at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all ATHENites,


> Adding my 50 cent piece to the discussion: remember that Sensus Access, as

> well as the AbbyyFineReader on-the-fly OCR conversion is for individuals

> who need to have something (personal) converted on the fly, after hours and

> so on. SA is not set up for large volume page (or whole book) conversion.

> Neither is promoted as a substitute for the DR office alt text conversion

> responsibilities by putting all of the conversion back on the students. The

> AFR site license could be used by DR alt text employees working off-site

> and logging in through an open portal to provide greater flexibility in

> student worker hours and production management.


> That said, both offer reasonably good OCR recognition and quick turnaround

> for on-the-fly text-to-speech or quick Braille conversions. Giving the

> students an additional tool to add to their access is a good thing for

> everyone concerned.


> Wink Harner

> Accessibility & Adaptive Technology Consultant

> The Foreign Type

> On Jul 20, 2015 11:00 AM, "Ron" <ronrstewart at gmail.com

> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','ronrstewart at gmail.com');>> wrote:


>> There is no replacement for the actual production program. I look at it

>> as a stepping stone just as the Abbyy Server would be. Someone always may

>> need to go in and do some or a lot of finishing work.


>> Ron Stewart


>> On Monday, July 20, 2015, Sheryl E. Burgstahler <sherylb at uw.edu

>> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','sherylb at uw.edu');>> wrote:


>>> We license SensusAccess for the University of Washington. Students with

>>> disabilities are encouraged to consider using it when they want to quickly

>>> create a somewhat accessible document on their own. It does not replace the

>>> great services our Disability Resources for Students office provides to

>>> students with disabilities registered there.

>>> Sheryl

>>> ------------------------------------------------------------

>>> Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

>>> Director, UW Accessible Technology & DO-IT, UW-IT

>>> Affiliate Professor, Education

>>> University of Washington, Box 354842

>>> Seattle, WA 98195

>>> 206-543-0622 FAX 206-221-4171

>>> http://staff.washington.edu/sherylb

>>> sherylb at uw.edu


>>> On Jul 20, 2015, at 10:29 AM, Dimac, Marcie <mdimac at kent.edu> wrote:


>>> Indeed! Thanks, Ron!

>>> Marcie


>>> *From:* athen-list [

>>> mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] *On Behalf Of *Ron

>>> *Sent:* Monday, July 20, 2015 1:23 PM

>>> *To:* Access Technology Higher Education Network

>>> *Subject:* Re: [Athen] Automated Server for OCR of Inaccessible PDF

>>> Files


>>> I would also take a look at Sensus Access http://www.sensusaccess.com. What

>>> their service provides is very similar to what you would typically get out

>>> of the Abbyy Server based product.


>>> Both are highly dependent on the quality of your source materials.


>>> Ron Stewart


>>> On Monday, July 20, 2015, Dimac, Marcie <mdimac at kent.edu> wrote:

>>> Afternoon all!


>>> Our University has asked me to research purchasing a server based OCR

>>> product that would allow end-users to upload an inaccessible PDF file that

>>> would then be automatically OCRd and then sent back to the end user.


>>> I’m speaking with Abbyy and am looking at their server recognition

>>> product.


>>> Does anyone have any feedback on using this product? Was it helpful in

>>> getting faculty/staff on board with rendering already inaccessible

>>> documents? Any info would be helpful at this point!


>>> Cheers!


>>> Marcie Anne Dimac, M.A. Ed.


>>> Coordinator, Assistive Technology

>>> Student Accessibility Services

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>>> Kent, Ohio 44242


>>> Email: mdimac at kent.edu


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