Talk:Magnetic ink character recognition

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Can anyone explain what these OCR and MICR characters mean: ⑀ ⑁ ⑂ ⑃ ⑄ ⑅ ⑆ ⑇ ⑈ ⑉ ⑊

They can be found in Unicode area U+2440 – U+245F Optical Character Recognition

--Abdull 19:23, 18 December 2005 (UTC)

Some explanation is here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:25, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

Character design[edit]

How about some information on why the characters look the way they do, etc? --대조 | Talk 10:35, 13 January 2006 (UTC)

Yes. The first and second control characters you see on the picture File:Transit Number Symbol.GIFare Routing/Transit Number Symbols. The third and fourth control characters you see File:On Us Symbol.GIF are On Us Symbols. The fifth and sixth control characters you see File:Amount Symbol.GIF are Amount Symbols. And finally, the seventh and eighth control characters File:Dash Symbol.GIF are Dash Symbols. Hope this helps. If anyone would like to write an excerpt on this feel free. Joshddd1 01:21, 19 February 2006 (UTC)

I added a link that explained the numbers, but someone should really write it up and put it in the article. Also, I assume it's different for different countries.

The reason the characters look the way they do, is due to the "Reader" technology. The read heads are similar to the magnetic read heads used with magnetic tape. Each character generates a unique waveform that is processed by the reader/sorter machines. Augiechan 23:41, 9 June 2006 (UTC)

Ink Jet[edit]

I think that the citation may be out of date. If inkjet printers are not suitable for MICR printing (according to the cited page [1]), then what exactly is VersaInk? (see [2]) —TheMuuj Talk 02:14, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

Lookalike font[edit]

Can anyone direct me to a free lookalike E-13B font? -- 14:26, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

American technology[edit]

This is an American technology, so "checks" should use the modern spelling. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:06, 14 November 2007 (UTC)

Not entirely. Groupe Bull in France deployed the CMC-7 MICR technology the year before E13B came out in the US. --scruss (talk) 23:00, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

Magnetic Ink?[edit]

Magnetic Ink redirects here; What is magnetic ink? can anyone expand? (talk) 15:58, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

I think MICR is being phased out due to new laws...[edit]

New laws in effect require that all checks must be digitally scanned.

From what I understand checks are now mostly read optically rather than magnetically.

Perhaps this should be reflected somewhere, but I have no references. (talk) 19:25, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

The bank that I work at uses a digital scanner which complies to the Check 21 act. It reads the amount of the cheque (which is of course written in non-magnetic ink, usually by hand) optically but reads the MICR magnetically. This allows for much more accurate information when trasferring information between banks. One wrong digit and thousands of dollars could be lost. Due to the high accuracy rate of elecromagnetic MICR reading, it makes more sense to use it in this fashion. ~ PHDrillSergeant...§ 14:56, 15 November 2008 (UTC)


Cheque sample for a fictional bank in Canada using par-crossing MICR encoding for cashing in the United States

Someone needs to define the term par-crossing in this caption. There is no information in Wikipedia or Wiktionary or anything reliable online to define this evidently arcane banking term. It should be either defined or changed to something more readily understood by us ordinary English-speaking WP users.--Jim10701 (talk) 02:44, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

Check amount?[edit]

The intro says the MICR line includes the check amount but does not mention the check number. How could/does the check amount get printed on the check? Why doesn't the intro mention the check number? 2601:186:8100:65E4:2409:E043:9C9:4216 (talk) 02:48, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

Split this article?[edit]

SemanticMantis suggested at Wikipedia:Reference desk/Computing that "Probably we could use an article on E13-B font, rather than just a redirect to MICR." It seems to me that that would mean that there would be ultimately three articles, one for MICR in general, one on MICR E-13B and one on MICR CMC-7. While that would be possible, I feel it's better they are covered together, since (a) they share much information, (b) it is good to have them in one page to compare them, (c) the article is small as it is and does not need to be split, and (d) only start class and (e) low on WikiProject Typography's importance scale. — Sebastian 20:21, 8 December 2015 (UTC)