Chapter 1: Scanning Text and Images
What is Scanning?
Scanning is the first step toward putting a document into an
electronic format. Through scanning we are able to take the printed document and
digitize its contents so we can work with the text and images to prepare the
document for presentation and publication on the Internet.
Before you begin, be aware that we use the term "images" to
refer to two different items. The first is the product of a scanned document.
For instance, the item you place on the scanner is the printed document, but the
picture you produce on screen once you have scanned the document is the image.
The second item we call an image is almost anything within a
document that is not text; this term includes photographs, drawings, pictures,
maps, graphs, charts and so forth.