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To clarify my original question, my old scanner is Epson, and
it's driver was completely inaccessible, so I was unable to
install it, and back then I didn't have anyone sighted to help me
- so no matter what OCR program you're using, without a driver
it's not going to work. So this time I would like to check that
the driver is accessible first and foremost.
On 5/21/2020 9:21 AM, Brian Vogel
On Thu, May 21, 2020 at 10:59 AM, Gene wrote:
It used to be that at least some scanners came with
accessible OCR programs. I don't know enough about this to
generalize, but it is my impression that not as many do now.
Gene, since you asked for comment, this is precisely the opposite
of my experience, still ongoing. I don't know of a single home or
office grade flatbed scanner or multi-function that doesn't
include OCR as part of its "scan to PDF" function. They've all
been doing this for years now.
I have a personal preference for Canon multi-function machines,
which definitely include OCR functionality, but mostly because
they still sell a number of models with separate ink tanks, which
are less expensive in the long run, and infinitely less expensive
if you buy automatic reset chip (ARC) tanks that you can refill.
A dear friend of mine who's my mother's age, and has been totally
blind since birth, has been using a now-out-of-production Canon
multi-function that I recommended to her for somewhere around 5
years or so now. She does have scanning software other than that
which comes with the multi-function, though, and I'm not sure
which software she's using with it.
I have to admit that I am at least a bit confused by the original
question, as I have not directly interfaced with a scanner driver,
whether with a sighted or blind client, in years. The application
software that comes with or that you can use with the device is
the user interface.
Brian - Windows 10
Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909,
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