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TYPEWRITERS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES For well over a decade experts in office automation have predicted the demise of the typewriter In their view the computer is destined to tale over the word processing role enjoyed by the typewriter for over a century Yet a recent report Fernberg 1989 49-50 indicates that electronic typewriter shipments over the last three years averaged about a billion dollars a year Further the Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers Association projects that the annual growth rate will remain constant at 15 percent over the next five years With sales holding steady at over a million units a year the electronic typewriter does not appear endangered It is likely here to stay-and for good reasons Typewriter Familiarity Virtually anyone who has learned to key can sit down at the electronic typewriter and within a few minutes operate it with amazing ease and speed According to Paez 1985 55 A familiar keyboard which requires fewer keystrokes and has a simpler less code-intensive user interface makes the Transition to a high-end typewriter much easier than the Transition to a personal computer with the same functions Typewriter Flexibility An electronic typewriter can perform some functions computers cannot but a personal computer PC cannot be used a mere typewriter nor should it be Perhaps that is why one large survey found that 85 of secretaries who use PCs also use typewriters Using microchip technology sophisticated electronic typewriters can perform many of the automatic functions and editing functions of which computers are capable Automatic functions Among the features of electronic typewriters are automatic centering right margin justifying and hang-indenting these features are available on computers as well but some users of both kinds of equipment say that the typewriter is more user friendly Editing Functions Some electronic typewriters permit operators to backspacedelete insert copy move copy from one place to
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