Wang paper tape format?
Andrew K. Bressen
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Wed Jul 6 03:05:23 CDT 2005
Sellam, if you are still working that Wang tape, and think it had
something to do with a Flexo, check YahooGroups for the Fridenites
group; it's a Friden alums list. The inestimable Stan Kelly-Bootle
turned me on to it.
Flexos could be set up with pretty much any encoding desired
within the limit of the number of channels supported by the model.
Some of the custom hacks for various OEM's got pretty elaborate;
the EDSAC I Friden reportedly managed to encode double-case with 5
channels, an awful lot of state for a mechanical device to keep track of.
Does the tape in question have enough bits to be a document
of substantial size?
I find myself thinking about IBM's printer control paper tapes, and
wondering if what you have is not so much a document as the control
instructions for printing a certain document, or the numbers or
other info that were supposed to be merged into a document when printed...
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