Sunday, 25 January 2009

Auto-correction and manual returns

David Woodward’s latest blog entry includes this image, but he doesn’t speculate about its creation. My own guess is that it was written in Word (or possibly PowerPoint), with hard returns keyed at the end of each line, thereby automatically implementing the descent down the style hierarchy, and with the auto-correct feature capitalizing the first word on every new line, which the typist either didn’t notice or (more likely) didn’t know how to correct. An example of automation and manual decision-making that have got completely muddled.

But who still types a hard return at the end of every line? Sounds like a cue to resurrect some typing manuals …

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