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September 11, 2004

Neither IBM Selectric Nor Composer Could Make Small-Font Superscript

Rather keeps spinning the claim that "superscript" was available on typewriters. Well, yes, most typewriters had the capability of half-turning the cylinder to strike a character half-way raised or half-way lowered the main line; but in those cases, you'd still be typing a full-sized character. It would just be misaligned from the main line.

Rather needs to explain how the telltale "th's" were both superscripted and small-font.

Defeat JohnJohn -- offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who can produce a typerwriter capable of reproducing the "documents" -- has .gifs of IBM's own manuals for the Selectric and Composer showing that small-font superscripts were impossible, at least not without a customized ball which had special characters on it.

Thanks again to Hugh Hewitt-- I think. I'm starting to lose track.


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posted by Ace at 04:09 PM

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