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only tabs never spaces

Space-cadets, try it with proportional fonts! You can't! But tabs work just fine.
Permalink Pestular Croaker 
May 18th, 2017 11:05pm
The early photographic typesetting machines didn't allow two consecutive spaces. A space was regarded as a separator between words, the width of which was determined by the boundary conditions.

Already in the 1900's linotype machines for newspapers a space was implemented as a component containing a long wedge. Then the rule with letter-matrices was pressed from below, and the wedges would distribute equal spaces between words.

As a boy I saw the transition from lead-pouring technology to direct projection on photographic film in the late 1960's, but electronics was struggling then to do all the computations. Not so easy then to replace an effective analogue mechanical system.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
May 19th, 2017 5:28am

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