Sunday, August 2, 2009

Rethinking Document Design

By Mark Brousseau

When in control of designing handprint forms that your company is processing, create data fields with constrained boxes for each character, Fatali Karimi of AliusDoc, Inc. ( said during a pre-conference workshop at the TAWPI Forum & Expo in Washington, D.C. this morning.

Karimi suggests pre-printing each separated character box in a dropout color. Dropout refers to a technique where color filtering is used to remove some or all of the pre-printed form elements during or immediately after scanning the form.

"I recommend using a light shade of red for dropout, since people hardly ever use a red pen to fill out the forms," Karimi told workshop attendees. "If forms are designed in a dropout shade of green, and they are filled out with a blue pen, there's a good chance that after scanning the characters will be fragmented or totally dropped out."

Color dropout can occur either by using a special color bulb in the scanner or by applying software-based color filtering, Karimi noted. If you are using a color scanner bulb, the scanner manufacturer will provide you with a precise ink color specification for the dropout elements.

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