Architext, Inc.
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MICR Printing

Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) A & B

MICR - A special font called MICR (also known as E13B) is used in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and certain other countries that offer MICR recognition. This font consists of ten specially designed numeric characters 0 through 9, and the four special symbols: transit, amount, on-us, and dash.

CMC7 - The CMC7 font is used for MICR encoding in many European and Latin American countries. Each character is comprised of several vertical strokes.

OCR-A - A repertoire of 69 characters of which 56 are graphics included in the ISO 7-bit coded character set (ISO 646-1973). It comprises digits, capital letters, capital national letters and other numbers.

OCR-B - A repertoire of 121 characters comprising digits, capital and small letters, all the graphics specified in the ISO 7-bit coded characters set (ISO 646-1973), national letters, diacritical signs and further graphics.

The Architext ArcMICR Set™

Successful implementation of a MICR printing application takes a combination of the proper MICR Font, Printer, Toner, Paper and Scanner. To eliminate the "hunt and pick" method when selecting a font, Architext has developed the ArcMICR Set™. This set is comprised of six (6) MICR fonts of varying structures. These are fonts that have been developed over the past decade of our involvement in MICR printing. One of the fonts in this set will no doubt work with your application. If you have questions about MICR issues, email us at