Published by Spear Gilbert at Sunday, November 26th 2017 03:23:30 AM under Form
Forms design is essential to the success of recognition processing. Forms should be well designed to reduce illegible, inaccurate, misinterpreted or missing data. Using special design techniques, you can make forms smarter and improve the amount and quality of data that is filled-in and automatically recognized.
An important forms design consideration is the amount of noise or intrusion around the fill in area. Noise can be caused by dark background colors, heavy graphics and tight space between fields. On a business reply card, for example, marketers may prefer designs that incorporate colorful backgrounds and images to appeal to respondents, however, these designs can hinder the process of completing the form as well as recognizing the information filled in. You can accommodate both needs by using lighter colors for background and applying graphics to the outer perimeters.
Drop-out ink provides significant advantages when employing OCR, ICR and NHR engines. When people fill out forms, they do not always stay within the lines provided. If the pre-printed form does not use drop-out ink, the data that the respondent enters may intersect with preprinted lines, creating false answers. Drop-out ink can help to guide respondents as well as minimize intrusion between pre-printed information and data that is filled in by the respondent. This pre-processing technique allows recognition engines to see only the data that was entered.