Information processing methodology

CAFC
  • US 5,625,465 A
  • Filed: 11/28/1994
  • Issued: 04/29/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/20/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A multimode information processing system for inputting information from a hard copy document into at least one application program, comprising:

  • (a) an automated digitizing unit providing digitized image information representative of an image of at least a portion of said document;

    (b) a display to display information;

    (c) an input device to receive user instructions from a user; and

    (d) a computer, operable with at least one of the automated digitizing unit, the display, and the input device;

    said system having character recognition capabilities for recognizing at least a portion of alpha/numeric characters appearing on said document for providing textual data, said digitized image information and said textual data collectively comprising document information, and said system configured to route at least a portion of said document information as input data to be processed by at least one application program to said at least one application program, and to operate in at least one of;

    (1) an interactive mode wherein at least a portion of said document information is displayed on the display and the input device conveys instructions from the user for locating information required by the application program within said document information and for transferring said located information to at least one field of information required by said at least one application program;

    (2) an interactive template creation mode wherein an image representative of at least a portion of said document is displayed on the display and the input device conveys instructions from the user to create and store in said system a template which identifies a location within said document information of at least one field of information required by said at least one application program; and

    (3) an automatic mode to match at least a portion of said document information with a template created or compatible with said interactive template creation mode stored in said system to extract fields of information required by the application program and to transfer said fields of information to said at least one application program;

    wherein the display projects an image showing at least a portion of said document information and at least one field of information required by said at least one application program during the interactive mode.

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