OCRB font family

Overview

With the advent of optical character recognition (OCR) systems, a need arose for typefaces whose characters could be easily distinguished by machines developed to read text. Unfortunately, a face that sufficiently distinguished between '1', 'i' and 'l' for the machine tended to look crude, if not just plain ugly. OCR-A was such a face. OCR-B was subsequently designed as a standard typeface that would be adequately readable by both human and machine. OCR-B is still the face that many OCR readers are happiest with. It makes a good face for advertising that needs a 'typewriter' or obvious 'computer' look. It looks good at low resolutions, too; a fax in this face leaves no room for doubt even if the image comes out badly at the other end.

File name Ocrb.ttf
Styles & Weights OCRB
Designers N/A
Copyright Data by URW. © 1993. Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Font vendor N/A
Script Tags N/A
Code pages 1252 Latin 1
Mac Roman Macintosh Character Set (US Roman)
Fixed pitch False

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Products that supply this font

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Style & weight examples

OCRB

OCRB sample