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1. Transcribing Manually

Use the feature-rich transcription editor to transcribe text from your images manually

Previous step: Layout Recognition


Within Transkribus, you can easily transcribe your documents with the image side by side.

The automatic Layout Analysis creates a correspondence between the lines in the image and the lines in the text editor, so while you are transcribing, the image is automatically centred on the line you are working on.

You can also enrich your transcriptions with tags, as explained on the Textual Tags page, and download them in different formats (Docx, PDF, TEI, XML…), as illustrated in the Downloading section. 

There are various reasons why you might want to transcribe documents manually. One of them is the creation of accurate transcriptions to train a Text Model to transcribe new pages automatically. 

After uploading your documents, select the page(s) you want to transcribe and run the automatic Layout Recognition. Open the first page to transcribe and start transcribing line by line the text you see in the image. 

To facilitate the manual transcription, remember that you can:

  • increase/decrease the font size;
  • switch the text position (text beside or below the image);
  • flag/unflag the option to centre the selected line automatically;
  • show line and region number;
  • modify the image viewing settings with the buttons on the right side of the image;
  • change the label and circle size, the line width, the highlight height of the selected line, and the colour of both the line and highlight (go to Settings on the  left side of the image);
  • use the virtual keyboard to add special characters (to make the characters appear in the virtual keyboard, you need first to click on the “Advanced” button and add the special characters you need there);
  • press Enter to move to the following line, and use the arrow keys to move up and down in the text.

If you need to change the reading order, open the Layout Tree on the left side of the image, grab the line or text region, and then move and release it in the correct position. 

 


 

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The Transkribus interface also facilitates the manual transcription of documents. With the text editor, you can easily transcribe your documents with the image side by side.

The automatic Layout Analysis creates a correspondence between the lines in the image and the lines in the text editor, so while you are transcribing, the image is automatically centred on the line you are working on.

You can also enrich your transcriptions with tags, as explained on the Textual Tags page, and download them in different formats (Docx, PDF, TEI, XML…), as illustrated in the Downloading section. 

There are various reasons why you might want to transcribe documents manually. One of them is the creation of accurate transcriptions to train a Text Model to transcribe new pages automatically. 

After uploading your documents, select the page(s) you want to transcribe and the automatic Layout Recognition. Open the first page to transcribe and start transcribing line by line the text in the text editor. 

To facilitate the manual transcription, remember that you can:

  • enable the Transcription mode with the “Profiles” button in the Main Menu;
  • change the position of the text editor (text and image side by side) with the “Change position of transcription widget” button in the Formatting Bar;
  • change the font and font size of the text by clicking on “Transcription settings” in the Formatting Bar;
  • modify the image viewing settings with Main Menu;
  • use the virtual keyboard in the Formatting Bar to add special characters (you can customise the special characters of the virtual keyboard: select the tag “Custom” and then click “Edit”);
  • press Enter to move to the next line, and use the arrow keys to move up and down in the text.

If you need to change the reading order, open the “Layout” tab in the Managing&Tools Bar: the line you are editing is highlighted. Within the layout tree, move the highlighted line to the correct position. By clicking the "R" button, you can reorder all the lines of an element according to their coordinates.

Another way is to enable the display of the line reading order in the image window: to do so, click on the “Shape visibility” button in the Main Menu. At the beginning of each line, the reading order value will appear; double-click on the value to change it.