Machine readability

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As a machine-readable are writings , ID cards (such as travel documents ), license plate designated or the like if they were especially designed to also machine (more precisely of machines to be) read, rather than by humans.

This can be done through additional features such as magnetic stripes that are not perceptible to humans , or through features that are recognizable but cannot be understood by humans, such as barcodes or encryption in seemingly arbitrary sequences of letters and numbers, which makes machine recognition (e.g. using check digits ) can become more reliable. However, this incomprehensibility also raises concerns about data protection .

All data that can be interpreted by software and / or hardware are machine-readable .

Machine-readable fonts:

The opposite of machine readability is human readability .

See also

Wiktionary: machine readable  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations


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