adj.visually recognizable and understandable without the intervention of a tool or a machineUS DOC 1969, 63(Microfilm can readily be converted to eye-readable, printed copy, of course, if this is desired.)Saltman 1977, A74–A75And even assuming that an eye-readable notice should be affixed to the tape copies, it seems reasonable to expect the tape copies, or a container in which they are housed, to bear an eye-readable label showing the title which identifies the word on the tape; the copyright notice should readily be placed on that label.Ingles 1983, 245Upon completion of the project, the Catalogue will contain in excess of 50,000 complete register entries accessed by over 350,000 index entries. In addition to providing an eye-readable listing to the collection, the catalogue will serve as a reference guide to retrospective printed Canadiana and as a selection tool for those institutions wishing to acquire single publications or groups of publications from the Institute.Paton 1990, 275One relatively simple reason is the virtually complete division of archivists into separate camps, those who care primarily for paper and other eye-readable materials, and those who care for recorded sound.Bearman 1993a, 686Records accurately capture all information recorded or generated by their creators. Records incorporate, or link to, a representation of the software functionality that created them, other versions or views, a data model of relations between elements of information within a record, eye-readable conventions (such as placement or font), and other structural information that adds to their meaning. Records incorporate, or link to, information about the context of their creation.Adams 1995, 198, fn. 56Although the microfilm is very difficult to read, individual records are “eye-readable” because the cards were interpreted (i.e., the punched values were printed across the top of the cards).Borghoff et al. 2006, 47An eye-readable, analog representation of metadata offers a secure entry point to the representation network (see Representation Information as defined in OAIS).Gilliland 2014a, 215The networked digital world challenges archivists and other information professionals to rethink and move beyond conceptualizations and practices that have arisen from the physical, the eye-readable, the directly observable, and the hands-on materials and processes around which archives developed.
Although microfilm is generally not considered eye readable because it requires magnification, some people consider it essentially eye readable because the necessary equipment (a magnifying lens and a source of light) is uncomplicated and common. Microfilm, however, often employs eye-readable characters on opening targets to help users identify the contents of a reel without loading it in a reader.