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ICR (Intelligent Character Recognition) is a software technology for the automatic recognition of handwritten characters. Depending on the application one can distinguish between vector-based handwriting recognition as it is used with tablet PCs and PDAs, and raster-based handwriting recognition which is required for recognizing scanned documents. Naturally, the rate of accuracy achieved with handwriting recognition will be much lower (around 95%) as the recognition of printed text (>99%). Therefore it is especially important to design forms using comb fields and drop-out colors enabling an optimal processing.
For processing forms or questionnaires there is special ICR Software like our FormPro. A special form of ICR software are developer tools like the OmniPage Capture SDK enabling software developers to easily integrate handwriting recognition into their own applications.