The fifteenth anniversary of the first SPIE symposium (titled Character Recognition Technologies)
on Document Recognition and Retrieval provides an opportunity to examine DRR's contributions to
the development of document technologies. Many of the tools taken for granted today, including
workable general purpose OCR, large-scale, semi-automatic forms processing, inter-format table
conversion, and text mining, followed research presented at this venue. This occasion also affords an
opportunity to offer tribute to the conference organizers and proceedings editors and to the coterie of
professionals who regularly participate in DRR.