Take the 2-minute tour ×
Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. It's 100% free, no registration required.

The title is quite clear, however, let me detail a little.

I'm an avid reader of

All these comics have, of course, more or less nice images, but also text. A long time ago, I read somewhere it would be great to index all those strips based upon their content.

So, is there any kind of image search engine allowing search based upon text recognized using some kind of OCR ?

share|improve this question

closed as not constructive by Eight Days of Malaise, Barry Nov 23 '11 at 11:01

As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, visit the help center for guidance.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
    
It's quite harder with the comics, because usually they are using handwritten text. They have somehow include the text on their own. But all of these that you mentioned are popular and maybe some kind of collaboration from their side and the search engines part would be interesting. Give it a shot and ask xkcd or Dilbert directly if they have something planned.. :) It will be awesome if they could make it happen! –  Lipis Jan 5 '11 at 9:43

3 Answers 3

up vote 0 down vote accepted

Take a look at OhNo Robot. It's a croudsourced search engine that relies on people adding the text from the comics.

I don't know how up to date it is, but might be worth looking at.

share|improve this answer

Pages showing strips on XKCD have a transcript that is hidden from human viewers but picked up by search engines. So you can search for XKCD cartoons by keyword using a search query like this on Google - [keyword -site:*.xkcd.com site:xkcd.com]

The first site operator negation in the query is to exclude subdomains (like forums.xkcd.com)

share|improve this answer

BF Martin's Dilbert Strip Finder

I've received lots of good feedback when I've used it to find an appropriate image for the middle of a boring report.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.