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OCRB

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.
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