rorkesdriftvc.com Forum Index


rorkesdriftvc.com
Discussions related to the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879
Reply to topic
The perils of OCR
Paul Bryant-Quinn


Joined: 14 Oct 2007
Posts: 535
Reply with quote
Those of you who have had occasion to look at 19th-century newspapers will no doubt have come across OCR (optical character recognition). The technology is getting better all the time, and the scans save you hours of copying.

However, the results can on occasion be unintentionally funny. As, for example, the following, taken from the foreign news section of The Tablet for 22nd February 1879:

A grand attack is expected daily from the Zulus, who are concentrating their forces in the direction of Ekowe, where Colonel Pearson's force occupies entrenched positions.

The gravity of the position of affairs is not exaggerated. It is expected that military operations will be confined to maintaining the status quo, and guarding the strategical position on the border until the troops are strongly reinforced from England.

A body of zoo volunteers from Port Elizabeth will relieve the 88th Regiment at King William's Town.

Shocked
View user's profileSend private message
Cub


Joined: 26 Dec 2011
Posts: 16
Location: Cardiff
Reply with quote
Zoo volunteers? Now I'm intrigued .... does this mean the animals or a company of Johnny Morris lookalikes armed with brooms and buckets?

_________________
"You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me, it's a full time job." Lt. Bromhead to Prince Dabulamanzi before the Battle of Rorke's Drift.
View user's profileSend private message
Alan
Site Admin

Joined: 30 Aug 2005
Posts: 1326
Location: Wales
Reply with quote
Johnny Morris. Now there's a name to conjure up memories.

_________________
View user's profileSend private messageSend e-mailVisit poster's website
The perils of OCR
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
All times are GMT  
Page 1 of 1  

  
  
 Reply to topic