OCR old software listing.

Toby Thain toby at telegraphics.com.au
Fri Dec 28 23:47:20 CST 2018

On 2018-12-26 4:29 PM, Mattis Lind via cctalk wrote:
> Finally I got hold of the sources for the PDP-11 SPACE WAR that was
> submitted to DECUS by Bill Seiler.
> The format is scans of the PAL-11S listing output. It is easy to crop the
> image to only contain actual source. Then running OCR on it. Tried a few
> online versions and tesseract.
> The problem is that the paper that the listing is printed on has lines.
> Very black lines. It makes the OCR go completely crazy. Source lines
> without black lines OCR ok. The others do not. The files need massive
> amount of manual intervention.
> Does anyone have an idea how to process files like this?
> A good way to remove the black lines?

Hi Mattis

Here's a first cut. Can probably be improved slightly. Let me know how
much this still confuses Tesseract.



> There are only 19 source files with three or four pages each so I don't
> think it makes sense to try to train tesseract to do it (training tesseract
> seems to be a huge undertaking).
> https://i.imgur.com/dvY973s.png
> /Mattis

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