Beyond Word Processing by Peter Flewitt (auth.)

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Daisy-wheel For correspondence quality, the daisy-wheel is the most popular, having supplanted the slower and more cumbersome golf-ball. The daisy-wheel, so-called because the printing element resembles a daisy, carries the characters at the tips of the 'petals'. Some daisy-wheels have 96 characters - one to each petal - others incorporate a shift mechanism so that two characters can be carried on each petal, thereby doubling the capacity of the daisy-wheel. Print quality is excellent; carbon copies can be produced and, provided that a suitable typeface is selected, a daisy-wheel printer can cut stencils for a duplicator.

Mechanisms vary, but there are two basic types: the serial printer in which the characters are pre-formed and carried on a single element such as a golf-ball, daisy-wheel or thimble, and the dot-matrix, in which the characters are made up to order by a series of dots produced by a number of needles in the printhead. Daisy-wheel For correspondence quality, the daisy-wheel is the most popular, having supplanted the slower and more cumbersome golf-ball. The daisy-wheel, so-called because the printing element resembles a daisy, carries the characters at the tips of the 'petals'.

37 Placing the cursor in the column in which the totals are to appear and commanding the system to total Column 1 obtains the result shown on the following page (Fig. 38). Calculations are not limited to the simple adding-up of columns of figures, or the subtracting of one column from another, or any prime mathematical function. Provided that the four-function capabilities of the program are not exceeded, they can be used to build up complex mathematical expressions involving sub-calculations contained within nesting sets of brackets.

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