Many typefaces designed with a pen on paper (especially those from the 20th century) were licensed by different foundries, and were later independently digitized by them. Some special characters such as @ or the euro sign, were independently added later. Those “alternate cuts” are different digital versions of basically the same typeface design. They often vary in character set, letter proportions and kerning. Some are published under different names.
The goal of this font design was to create forms which could be used and reproduced electronically and remain legible. Technicians from the European Computer Manufacturers’ Association and Adrian Frutiger combined strict mathematical criteria with typographic tradition to solve both technical and aesthetic problems. OCR was the resulting font and was made a world standard in 1973. The font has an objective, technical character and was created specifically for multimedia, although its distinctive appearance has also made it a popular typographical trend.
OCR-A AI Text is the version for normal use when the text will be read by humans.
OCR-A AI is the version to use for machine reading.
Designed at ParaType in 1997 by Tagir Safayev. Based on OCR-A typeface (1968) of American Type Founders. A simple sans serif typeface designed to meet the requirements of the US Bureau of Standards for optical character recognition.