ERIC Number: ED248849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Battle of the Printers.
Muller, Douglas; Pettibone, Timothy
This paper compares the characteristics of dot-matrix and daisy wheel printers using a two-column format. In the first section, the left column is used to point out the advantages of dot-matrix printers, while the daisy wheel printer is praised in the right-hand column. Examples of various capabilities are included. Advantages of the dot-matrix printer mentioned are its simplicity, ability to produce horizontally-emphasized and vertically-emphasized print, low cost, speed and convenience of printing, ease and low cost of replacing the entire printing mechanism, convenience of operation, ease of changing print styles and sizes, and ability to define characters. For the daisy-wheel printer, advantages listed include the capability of having margin justification, an almost "typeset" look, and its elegant and sophisticated type styles and appearance. The following type styles are used for purposes of illustration: Gothic 15; standard 12-pitch elite; and normal 10-pitch pica font. A final summary discusses both types of printers. Twelve guidelines for the use of dot-matrix printers in the preparation of dissertations and theses at the College of Education, New Mexico State University, are included. (LMM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Printers; Typeface
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (Tucson, AZ, November 1983).