posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 08:48 AM
reply to post by Afterthought
Can you not see??
On a computer the lines are straight 100% of the time. Like on here, the lines and margins remain equal at all times.
With typewriters, the paper was fed by a wheel not by pressing enter, and starting a new line.
You scrolled the hammer bit back to the beginning, and rolled the paper down for the next line.
Of course during the process the paper may twist slightly, moving the margins, and lines off a touch.
The next line would not be perfect as like on a computer.
The hammers with the letters on were not precision engineered, they had a certain amount of movement. You could mess up lots of the letters by putting
in a new ink ribbon and catching a hammer. The hammers were about 3 inches long (from key to paper), they would bend if you hit the key hard. This
would throw the letter out of alignment, so whenever you hit it....it wasnt quite on the line or in the margin.