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Early computer printers and paper

Most early printers printed like a poor typewriter, and all the letters were the same font and style.

Even when printers began to print in different styles (normal, bold and italic), the size was often the same, and what you saw on the screen was not the same as what was printed out. It was often necessary to include coding in the text to tell the printer what style to print.

Most early printers had continuous feed paper, with punched holes down the side to control the speed it moved in the printer) and much of it was very wide with green lines already printed on it.