The pen has been declared to be “mightier than the sword”. The last 50 years have shown that the typewriter is mightier than the pen; for there is scarcely and walk of life in which the machine is not, for the majority of purposes, altogether superseding the pen. The appearance of typewritten matter is now familiar to all who have any link with the literary, journalistic or commercial world. The pen is already to a large extent, superseded. The typewritten matter compares with print and hence it should be at least as free from errors and irregularities of all kinds as print usually is. Nay, it may even be said that a higher level of excellence should be kept in view, for the simple reason that typewritten matter is clearer than print, and, on that account, the errors and defects are more marked. Typists should, for that reason, always keep in view the following facts: 

  • Impressions should be regular.
  • They should be evenly defined.
  • To this end, touch should be regulated by the size of the several characters.
  • It should be elastic, crisp and staccate.
  • The depressions should be evenly timed.
  • The margins should be regular, the left-hand absolutely so, and the right-hand as nearly so as possible.
  • All 231 paragraphs should be evenly indented 5 to 7 degrees from the 243 margin.
  • The right, left, top and bottom margins should be uniform in successive pages of typewriting.
  • The lines of writing should lie parallel with the top and bottom edges of the paper.
  • All the lines should like at even distance from one another.
  • Accuracy in depressing the keys is very essential.
  • The eyes should not follow the hands over the keyboard.
  • The alignment of the writing should be perfect.
  • Erasure should be neat when mistakes are made, but they should not be made.
  • It should be so neat as not to suggest the error that has been corrected.
  • The hands are to be kept clean.
  • The type is to be kept clean.
  • The erasure also is to be kept clean.
  • Don’t assume a wrong position at the machine.

It is aid that one of the greatest advantages attaching to the use of the typewriter as compared with that of the pen, lies in the ability of the typist to assume a natural attitude at the machine. Nay, it may even be said that the worst position that can be assumed at the machine, is preferable to the best that can be adopted in the writing with the pen. This claim is a just one. Sit up to the machine. Keep the neck and back erect. Lean rather away from the machine than towards it. Let the keyboard be on a level with, or rather lower than, the elbows. Avoid noisy manipulation. Never give a heavy touch. Never return the carriage heavily for giving lines. Never step it suddenly when you use the carriage release lever. X, y and z can avoid noise with a little care. Typewriter is a good tool.

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