[Athen] Automated Server for OCR of Inaccessible PDF Files

KRISTA L. GREEAR greeark at uw.edu
Tue Jul 21 13:07:13 PDT 2015

We tried out Equidox and there were some deal breakers for our campus. Happy to discuss them off the list. But the potential for Equidox is promising.

And I always advertise the quick conversion products as “fast food version of accessibility”. Helps people to understand the product is not an end-all-be-all solution to accessibility concerns. There’s a place for fast food in this world but we should be eating it for every meal!


Krista Greear
University of Washington | Disability Resources for Students
Accessible Text & Technology Manager

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of chenjiat at msu.edu
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:17 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Automated Server for OCR of Inaccessible PDF Files

We are trying out Equidox by Onix. It searches for PDFs and sets up workflow queues: OCR -> manual check/ordering -> insert into a variety of CMS.

Will post our trial conclusions.

Jiatyan Chen

Coordinator for Web Accessibility
IT Services
Michigan State University
+1 (517)-884-0666

On Monday, Jul 20, 2015 at 12:07, DimacMarcie <mdimac at kent.edu<mailto: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!


Marcie Anne Dimac, M.A. Ed.

Coordinator, Assistive Technology
Student Accessibility Services
DeWeese Health Center, Room 23
Kent, Ohio 44242

Email: mdimac at kent.edu<mailto:mdimac at kent.edu>

Phone: 330-672-3391

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