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John Nixon

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Monotype Keybars
« on: May 15, 2019, 09:45:12 AM »
Question:
Was there a difference between English and American key bars?
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John Cornelisse

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Re: Monotype Keybars
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2019, 06:05:03 PM »
Keyboarding... the keybar needs to be adjusted to the layout of the diecase and the wedge.

In the old days Monotype was keen enough to give every printshop a special layout. In this way nobody could keyboard for his neighbouring printshop. So everybody had to buy the keyboard-equippement in full.

And changing a keybar when needed, I do not know many people who would be able to do this at all.

For Times New Roman there were thousands of different versions available. Not only for non-english languages...

And any permutation of a row would give you another possible layout...

Nowadays it is far more handy to use a computer controlled interface. Than you can change your layout to your own demands and wishes. And even use another wedge with the right set, when you might not have the prescribed wedge with the right set at all.

At some time Monotype was also trying to use computers in an attempt to set aside keyboarding. Small computers were used to control punching machines producing ribbons. Those computers, were very exxpensive in those days. only a limited number were sold, and they are all different... They might look the same but inside parts and electronics can be different, the developpement of electronics goes faster and faster.

And not many of these computers have survived, and when they still are there, communicating with them... might be difficult with modern computers.

Making ribbons... it becomes more and more difficult to find unused rolls of ribbon paper.

I fear that keyboarding will end some days, the casters, those will be used a lot longer.