Stenographer's Typewriter
March 12, 2004 12:10 AM   Subscribe

How does a stenographer's typewriter work?
posted by tomharpel to Technology (3 answers total)
The stenographer presses chords on the keyboard to represent phonemes, which are printed one phoneme per line on paper tape. Details here.
posted by jjg at 12:55 AM on March 12, 2004

Thanks, jjg - and thanks for asking this, tomharpel - it's exactly the kind of thing I've always wondered, but never remembered to ask.
posted by soyjoy at 9:50 AM on March 12, 2004

I can only imagine that there is a secret society of stenographers who meet monthly at rented halls and banquet rooms to discuss their secret knowledge and how best to ply it to steer the course of humanity.

I might be stretching there. Thanks jjg for the link. Good lord, what complicated business.
posted by tomharpel at 9:17 AM on March 13, 2004

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