as aubrey: Thank you very much! 

I shared these news at the Scriptorium of

I also used the opportunity to inform them about your "Visualizzatore". This is so cool!!!! (especially the search-function) 

And because I had some time (and the best things come in threes) I invited them to your it.WikiCon in Trento ( Have fun there! My best wishes to the organizers. I co-organized it three times in a row for the all-German-Community.... 


2017-10-16 19:35 GMT+02:00 Andrea Zanni <>:
Thanks Alex!
I really hope this is a direction where other developers will follow: being able to harness the full potential of structured data from OCR software is absolutely crucial for Wikisource:
we could actually automatize *a lot* of the formatting work now done by volunteers, and their time could be spent still formatting, proofreading and validating, but with much power than before.
IMO, it changes a lot if a book is formatted ~50% by a machine, we could do much more books in less time.
Go Alex!


On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 5:42 PM, Asaf Bartov <> wrote:
That's really promising!

Thank you for sharing this.


On Oct 17, 2017 00:11, "Alex Brollo" <> wrote:
and immediately previous and following pages both the text and some formatting  from Internet Archive file bub_gb_lvzoCyRdzsoC_abbyy.gz (in previous pages only some templates have been added and a little bit of regex manipulation has be done)

Internet Archive _abbyy.gz files are gzipped, enormous xml files where any detail of FineReader OCR output is exported - but, even if enormous and terribly complex, they can be parsed and any detail (a little bit painfully...)  can be used; presently, only bold, italic,  smallcaps and paragraphs have been explored,  translated into wiki code by a prettily simple python code. 


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