Recognizing Documents Written in More Than One Language

The instructions below will help you process a document written in English and Chinese.

  1. Disable the automatic analysis and OCR options.
  2. On the main toolbar, select More languages… from the Document Languages drop-down list. Select Specify languages manually from the Language Editor dialog box and select Chinese and English from the language list (for details, see Document Languages).
  3. Scan or open images after disabling Detect page orientation. The dual page splitting option should be used only if all page images have the correct orientation. The pages will be added to the current ABBYY FineReader document after the command is executed.

    Important! When scanning, be sure that the pages are properly centered on the scanner's glass bed. If the skew is too large, the text may be recognized incorrectly.

  4. To draw areas on the image manually, use the tools for Adjusting Area Shapes and Area Borders.

    Note: If the structure of your document is simple, you can launch automatic layout analysis. Click the (Analysis) button on the toolbar of the Image window or press CTRL+E.

  5. If there are areas on the image where text is written in only one language:
    1. Select these areas.
    2. Select the language of the text area (Chinese or English) on the Area Properties panel.

      Important! You can only specify a language for areas of the same type. If you select both text and table areas, you won't be able to specify a language.

    3. If necessary, select the text direction from the Orientation drop-down menu (for details, see Vertical or Inverted Text Not Recognized Properly).
    4. For texts in character-based languages, the program provides a selection of the text directions in the Direction of hieroglyphic text drop-down menu (for details, see Changing Text Properties).
  6. Click Recognize.