Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

Optical character recognition (OCR) software works with your scanner/photocopier to convert printed characters into digital text, allowing you to search for or edit your document in a word processing program.

WordQ & Read&Write require this format.

Examples of scanned PDF documents with and without OCR

The file is ready for WordQ if you can highlight the text and copy and paste it to MSWord or a Google Doc.

OCR on the Xerox Photocopier

(Sends an email to your username@swlauriersb.qc.ca)

OCR on Google Drive (pdf 's & Images )

Try OfficeLens to convert paper into an accessible digital document

Microsoft Office Lens|PDF Scan for iOS

Microsoft Office Lens|PDF Scan for Android

OCR in Google Keep (Images)

Google Keep

Test your pdf with this software : https://www.naturalreaders.com/online/


TextHelp Snapverter (Not Free) - Ask your school administrator for purchasing options

Annotate a PDF with a Recording

Problems! When OCR and Text-to-Speech does not read the way you want it to.

Improving Accessibility In Assessment Practices

Alternative Text (Alt Text) in Google Docs/Slides/Sheets

Format > Alt Text

A screen reader can read images/graphs WOW!!


Creating Accessible Google Drive Documents

What is OCR and OCR Technology

This software is not free but is pretty good.

Examples of Student Assessment Booklets and Scoring Guides - EQAO (Ontario)

Good Fonts for Dyslexia

The main conclusion is that font types have an impact on readability of people with dyslexia.

Good fonts for people with dyslexia are Helvetica, Courier, Arial, Verdana and CMU, taking into consideration both, reading performance and subjective preferences. Also, sans serif, monospaced, and roman font types increased significantly the reading performance, while italic fonts decreased reading performance.

In particular, Arial It. should be avoided since it significantly decreases readability. These findings can have impact on systems that rely on text as the main information medium, such as browsers, PDF viewers, or eBook readers.