print-wheel/daisy-wheel printers / was Re: Apple ][* stuff needs new homes
hilpert at cs.ubc.ca
Wed Oct 15 15:16:18 CDT 2008
Scott Austin wrote:
> BTW, I told those who responded to me that I just remembered a fun college project with an Apple II, Pascal and a Diablo print wheel printer (actually a print terminal). I programmed it to form graphics and mathematical symbols by taking advantage of the Diablo's micro-spacing features (controlled with escape sequences). Does anyone else remember that? When? Well... I graduated college in 1981 (way back after the discovery of the first bit).
I sure do remember that: as an undergrad, my first task for an OS
research project was to convert the system troff-style fixed-pitch text formatter
to support proportional font spacing. Output was to a daisy-wheel printer (don't
recall the actual printer manuf/model) using that same sort of micro-spacing feature.
This would have been late-'79/early-'80, so the same time frame as your task.
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