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Hybrid Page Layout Analysis via Tab-Stop Detection

Proceedings of the 10th international conference on document analysis and recognition, IEEE (2009)


A new hybrid page layout analysis algorithm is proposed, which uses bottom-up methods to form an initial data-type hypothesis and locate the tab-stops that were used when the page was formatted. The detected tab-stops are used to deduce the column layout of the page. The column layout is then applied in a top-down manner to impose structure and reading-order on the detected regions. The complete C++ source code implementation is available as part of the Tesseract open source OCR engine at http://code.google.com/p/tesseract-ocr.

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