Acquiring Text for Use in HTML

There are various ways to obtain text for use in Web design, all of which allow text to be created and the characteristics to be manipulated. Here are some of the commonly methods used:

  • Text can be typed in directly into the relevant development tool. It may also be created first in a text editing or word processing program and then cut and pasted into the relevant development tool.
  • Printed text can be scanned or photographed and an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program can then used to convert the printed text image into digital text and saved in the desire format. All major operating systems, such as Windows, Mac, and Linux, provide such a program and the help information for using it. Free programs, as well as professional ones, are also available on the Web.
  • Speech can be converted to text by using speech-recognition technology, which involves a program that converts words spoken into a microphone into text. Recorded speech audio files can also be converted in this way. Most operating systems offer this functionality too.
  • Handwriting can be converted to text by using a digital pen (or stylus) to write on a digitizing tablet, as if writing on a paper, and the writing can be converted to text by using handwriting- recognition software. Again, most operating systems offer this functionality.

Source: Sklar David (2016), HTML: A Gentle Introduction to the Web’s Most Popular Language, O’Reilly Media; 1st edition.

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