Character-image search engine

Chi Wing Lo, Qin Lu, Kwun Tak Ng

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In common Internet browsers, a user can search text within a Web page or a frame that the user is currently reading. The search algorithms used to search the source code of the HTML page, and a browser builtin search program also highlights the matched words in the browser display. However, when users browse websites through some character-to-image conversion gateway, all characters are converted to images by using the some character to image conversion technology. In this case, the browser built-in search utility no longer works because it is impossible to search images in current implementations. In this paper, we present a Character-Image Search Engine that provides character search functionality in a page with embedded character images. The Engine works with some Character-to-image Conversion Gateway using an agreed method, thus the character images can be treated just as characters in the search process. The provision of such Character-Image search function makes the Character-to-image conversion Gateway more convenient to use. Consequently, people with no native font supports would still be able to access the Internet with proper display and search tool provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-570
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2002
Event2002 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia
Duration: 6 Oct 20029 Oct 2002


  • Character-Image
  • Character-to-image Gateway
  • Multilingual
  • Searching
  • Web Page

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Control and Systems Engineering


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