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Old August 2nd, 2016, 04:16 AM   #1
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Is there a need for a program that converts historical fonts to more readible fonts?


When historians want to look through historical resources and encounter fonts like these:
The Art of the Book - The Book of Durrow

Do they have to take a long time to be able to read it. (understand make out the letters)?
Would they have some use for a program that automatically converts all these letters to a more readable font?
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 02:57 PM   #2
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They probably read it with the naked eye and become used to it. I don't think there is much interaction between Humanities and Engineering departments in academia, so I doubt that there is a program for that. If a program is needed, the field of computer vision and image processing would be the place to look at.
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Old August 5th, 2016, 01:23 PM   #3
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When historians want to look through historical resources and encounter fonts like these:
The Art of the Book - The Book of Durrow

Do they have to take a long time to be able to read it. (understand make out the letters)?
Would they have some use for a program that automatically converts all these letters to a more readable font?
Whether they would have a use for it is less important than is it actually possible to do without a huge amount of time, money and expertise behind it? I'd have killed for such a programme when I was writing my thesis, but usually the problem wasn't so much the font, it was the imperfections, abbreviations and atypical digraphs, which can be totally different depending on the time, place, or even writer.

With the advent of digitisation of archives and library stores, there are many thousands of old texts available online but without a modern transliteration. Obviously any pre-modern historian worth their salt can read medieval texts but sometimes undergrads or amateurs need to use them, although they won't usually do them much good if they are in an ancient language like Latin.
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