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Saturday, April 08, 2006

OhNoRobot! Web comic search engine!

Sometimes you want to be able to search a comic for a bit of dialogue you remember or for a specific setting or topic – unfortunately search engines can only read and index text, and cant recognize words within an image. This means that searching for a web-comic based on the words that make up the script is impossible.

OhNoRobot is a web-comic transcript search tool – It can’t read the contents of an image, but it lets you set up a system to get your webcomics transcribed into search friendly text. I’ve transcribed a few strips so far, but any help would be greatly appreciated.

How does it work? Any strip that is not yet transcribed has a “transcribe this comic” button at the bottom of the page that looks like this. Just press it to open the transcription window and copy the words from the comic into that window.. Don’t worry too much about formatting, I’ll do that before I post the transcription.

I’ve also added a ‘random comic’ button to the bottom of the comic viewer page to bring up one of the previously transcribed comics randomly! Ker-Pow!



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