Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR)
Quartex enables full-text search of manuscript documents using Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR), an in-platform service customers can selectively apply. This proprietary neural network technology leverages artificial intelligence to recognize text in a multitude of scripts with remarkable accuracy, opening up manuscripts for detailed exploration by students and researchers.
Scroll down for more information about HTR including samples and be sure to check out the Manuscript Collections for more handwritten content.
Learn More About HTR
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this feature and then click the sample record to try it out for yourself. Note: Currently HTR does not produce a transcript.
Training the Technology
This unique service has been periodically enhanced using an established method devised by our partners which exposes the artificial intelligence to new scripts. By expanding the characters it can identify this training improves the accuracy of HTR's “linguistic assumptions” and recognize more hands.
Thanks to a corpus of documents from the Folger Shakespeare Library Quartex has enhanced the in-platform HTR functionality to read documents written in the script of 16th and 17th-century England known as Secretary Hand.