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MARKING DOCUMENTS FOR ELECTRONIC PROCESSING USING STICKERS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027876D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 141K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique for marking paper documents using stickers that will be processed electronically. The technique is called sticker mark-up. Currently, paper documents are easier for people to read, mark, and scan than are electronic documents even when the documents are processed electronically. For example, people often print and mark-up documents they are editing even when they change the document using a word processor. This mismatch between the way people read and think about documents and the way they store and change documents introduces inefficiency because marked paper documents are hard to input into a computer. Sticker mark-up uses stickers printed with machine-readable marks that can be affixed to a paper document so the marks can be scanned into a computer. The sticker mark-up technique is described below, followed by six different applications.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

MARKING DOCUMENTS FOR ELECTRONIC PROCESSING USING STICKERS
Nathaniel G. Martin

Proposed Classification
U. S. C1.3821325 Int. C1. G06k 009/03

Disclosed is a technique for marking paper documents using stickers that will be processed electronically. The technique is called sticker mark-up.

Currently, paper documents are easier for people to read, mark, and scan than are electronic documents even when the documents are processed electronically. For example, people often print and mark-up documents they are editing even when they change the document using a word processor. This mismatch between the way people read and think about documents and the way they store and change documents introduces inefficiency because marked paper documents are hard to input into a computer. Sticker mark-up uses stickers printed with machine-readable marks that can be affixed to a paper document so the marks can be scanned into a computer. The sticker mark-up technique is described below, followed by six different applications.

Sticker mark-up uses pre-printed stickers to add information to a paper document so a computer can process the information on the stickers. The paper document and attached stickers are scanned and the scanned information is used in processing the electronic version of the document. Six applications of this technique are: editorial mark-up, adding serial numbers to documents, adding routing information to documents, adding security information to documents, associating documents with physical objects, and associating database indices with documents.

To use sticker mark-up to attach editorial marks to a document, stickers are printed with machine-readable glyphs representing editorial marks. The user creates a paper version of the document and attaches stickers to the document where an editorial mark is needed. The paper document with the attached stickers is then scanned. The resulting image document is translated into text format using Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and the machine-readable editorial marks are inserted into the character stream at the location corresponding to the location on the paper document. The characters in the translated paper documents are matched against the characters in the paper document, and, where the editorial marks in the translated document are added to the electronic version at the location. OCR errors and characters obscured by the stickers cause no problem because the translated paper document is only used to locate the editorial marks. The scanned

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