Typewriters didn't/don't have delete buttons.
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From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2007 3:49 PM
Subject: Re: SOS from Mike
> Nancy Gish wrote:
> > Has anyone just defined it? If not, on typewriters one had to press the
> > "return" key at the end of every line so that the moving "carriage" of
> > type would move back to the left.
> Heh! Generations get defined. Nancy describes an electric typewriter. I
> did all my undergrad & grad school papers on a manual Royal portable and
> my dissertation on a rebuilt manual Underwood. One did not press a key,
> one grasped a lever and pushed the carriage back to the left.
> Incidentally, though it's not visible, there are two operations involved
> in the computer -- a carriage return and a line feed.
> Free associating a bit -- re the technology of composition. Before the
> days of computers, I always did all my writing to begin with with a pen,
> legal pads or 5x8 cards, and only then typed it out, expanding as I
> went. I couldn't really think on a typewriter, not even on the selectric
> which replaced the Underwood. But since I began using a computer (with
> an Osborne tan case 25 years ago) I do all my thinking on a keyboard
> rather than with pen in hand.
> > On computers it is automatic and continuous.
> > Nancy
> > >>> "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> 08/08/07 6:31 PM >>>
> > David Boyd wrote:
> > >
> > > In a message dated 08/08/2007 00:29:53 GMT Daylight Time,
> > [log in to unmask] writes:
> > > Rick:
> > > What the heck is carriage return???
> > > G
> > > =
> > > Aristocratic homecoming ?
> > > or, likelier but nerdier:
> > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carriage_return
> > Or, for you Gunnar: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagenr%C3%BCcklauf
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