Working with Cursive Handwriting Files

This technical note will explain how you can work with handwritten files in conjunction with other features in Lexbe eDiscovery Platform.

OCR Cursive Handwritten Files

There is no 'perfect' OCR software in the market for handwriting recognition. Lexbe OCR, and other OCR software, attempt to generate searchable text from handwriting files, but as OCR does best with printed fonts where the words were typed, getting text from handwriting is usually not very accurate.  It works best with carefully printed handwriting as opposed to cursive handwriting. Even slightly messy handwriting is enough to confuse OCR Software!

Here are some examples of handwritten notes uploaded to Lexbe eDiscovery Platform:

As you can see both files were available under the PDF tab, but due to a wide range of styles of writing and even issues with faded or ink-spotted areas the samples did not allow a searchable text to be generated.

Working with Cursive Handwritten Files

During the document review processyou can use the options (below) to identify, code and keep track of handwritten files:

1: Tagging the files using the field 'Doc Type'

The 'Doc Type' built-in field (text-box) is part of the metadata section displayed under the Discovery Tab in the Document Viewer page. You can code the handwritten files using that field, and then save as part of the coding process.

With the Doc Type field you will be able to track handwritten files, that can easily be accessed by applying filters from the Browse or Search pages. Please note that Lexbe allows you to save and share filters in your cases. MORE

The Search page will also help you identify those type of documents for further review. If you run a search based on the text entered under the Doc Type fields, it will narrow down your search results showing only a subset of relevant results.

2: Using Notes

You can access the Notes feature by clicking on any link to the document in Lexbe eDiscovery Platform, such as from the 'Search' or 'Browse' pages. Those notes also allow you to keep and share information about handwritten documents. Notes are located in the Case Notes page, and as a field in the Browse or Search pages. Please note that Lexbe allows you to save selected fields from the Browse/Search pages and create your own custom views. MORE