finditalic.c l_int32 pixItalicWords() Locate italic words. This is an example of the use of hit-miss binary morphology with binary reconstruction (filling from a seed into a mask). To see how this works, run with prog/italic.png.
l_int32 pixItalicWords ( PIX *pixs, BOXA *boxaw, PIX *pixw, BOXA **pboxa, l_int32 debugflag )
pixItalicWords() Input: pixs (1 bpp) boxaw (<optional> word bounding boxes; can be NULL) pixw (<optional> word box mask; can be NULL) &boxa (<return> boxa of italic words) debugflag (1 for debug output; 0 otherwise) Return: 0 if OK, 1 on error Notes: (1) You can input the bounding boxes for the words in one of two forms: as bounding boxes (@boxaw) or as a word mask with the word bounding boxes filled (@pixw). For example, to compute @pixw, you can use pixWordMaskByDilation(). (2) Alternatively, you can set both of these inputs to NULL, in which case the word mask is generated here. This is done by dilating and closing the input image to connect letters within a word, while leaving the words separated. The parameters are chosen under the assumption that the input is 10 to 12 pt text, scanned at about 300 ppi. (3) sel_ital1 and sel_ital2 detect the right edges that are nearly vertical, at approximately the angle of italic strokes. We use the right edge to avoid getting seeds from lower-case 'y'. The typical italic slant has a smaller angle with the vertical than the 'W', so in most cases we will not trigger on the slanted lines in the 'W'. (4) Note that sel_ital2 is shorter than sel_ital1. It is more appropriate for a typical font scanned at 200 ppi.
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