Typing in lost code

Douglas Taylor dj.taylor4 at comcast.net
Mon Jan 24 19:54:10 CST 2022

I've tried to OCR old Fortran Code from DTIC pdf documents.  There were 
2 big problems;

1. The copies are very poor to start with and all OCR attempts produced 
about 75% error rate.
2. Old Fortran code limited variable names to 6 characters so they were 
generally not descriptive of what they represented.  Some characters in 
the Fortran variables sometimes were missing in the printout and made 
recovery nearly impossible.

I hope that now gov't contracts require code to be archived 
electronically for posterity.  Probably never happen.


On 1/22/2022 8:06 PM, Ethan O'Toole via cctalk wrote:
> Can the listings be OCR'ed?
>             - Ethan
>> Has anyone ever used Amazon Mechanical Turk to employ typists to type in
>> old listings of lost code?
>> Asking for a friend.
> -- 
> : Ethan O'Toole

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