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TYPEWRITERS

Typewriters were invented in about 1808. The arrangement of letters which we use today on computers was adopted in the 1870s.
They became more and more complex with the additions of two-coloured inks, correcting tapes and different fonts (using replaceable discs or golf-balls) but generally, they all produced very similar styles of text.

Electronic typewriters were first available in the 1980s. They had tiny screens where part of a document could be seen before printing. Various options such as automatic centering, right justification, choice of fonts and styles could also be selected via the screen. They were soon replaced by personal computers.