fetching text from the screen

Juergen Kareta kareta at web.de
Thu Jun 21 13:31:26 CEST 2007

Gabriel Genellina schrieb:
> En Mon, 18 Jun 2007 09:13:16 -0300, Juergen Kareta <kareta at web.de>  
> escribió:
>> I'm thinking about a python script which fetch some text from the screen
>> independent of what application provides the text on the screen. In this
>> regard it should be similar to the babylon software: www.babylon.com
>> Here my thoughts:
>> 1) getting the mouse position
>> 2) calculate a adequate rectangle around the mouse position
>> 3) fetch the screen content in this rectangle
>> 4) use a OCR library to get the text out of 3)
>> 5) do something usefull with it.
> On Windows, I'd try first using WindowFromPoint to get a window handle,  
> and the sending it a WM_GETTEXT message. This should work for all 
> windowed  controls that contain text of some kind. I'd use your generic 
> approach  when this doesn't work.
Hi Gabriel,

thanks for your interesting suggestions. I'll try that to figure out, 
how it works in different situations.


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