Evolution of Word Processing

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  • 100

    Modern Paper

    Modern Paper
    The Invention of Paper
    Around 9 B.C. T'sai Lun of the Hun Dynasty developed paper as we know it today made from plant fibres.
  • Jan 1, 1000

    Handwritten Books

    Handwritten Books
    Before the invention of the printing press, books were written by hand. This occured from the invention of modern paper to the invention of the printing press.
  • Feb 25, 1440

    Gutenberg Printing Press

    Gutenberg Printing Press
    History Guide
    Johannes Gutenberg created the first moveable type printing press to print copies of the Bible.
  • Jan 1, 1480

    The Printing Revolution

    Video
    Once the first printing press was created, people across Europe were using the press to publish books so much faster than ever before.
  • Feb 25, 1500

    20 Million Mark

    20 Million Mark
    By 1500 printing presses across Europe had reached the 20 million copies mark.
  • Steam-powered Printing Press

    Steam-powered Printing Press
    The introduction of this invention sped up printing press time significantly to 8,000 pages per hour.
  • Shole's Typewriter Created

    Shole's Typewriter Created
    Christopher Latham Sholes invented the first prototype of the modern typewriter.
  • Hansen Writing Ball

    Hansen Writing Ball
    Writing Ball
    First typewriter like invention to go on the market. Created by Rasmus-Malling Hanson and had little success.
  • First Typewriter on Market

    Video
    Shole's Typewriter was placed on the market for the first time warranting huge success.
  • Remington No. 2

    Remington No. 2
    Remington No. 2
    Shole's sold his patent to Remington & Sons who released a second typewriter with the standard QWERTY keyboard. It was extremely successful.
  • First Electric Typewriter

    First Electric Typewriter
    Electrcity Timeline
    Blickenderfer Manufacturing Company released the first electric typewriter. It wasn't a very big success, probably because electricity was no so widely available at the time.
  • First Modern Computer

    First Modern Computer
    Video
    The Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer, or ENIAC, was created this year. It is seen as the first moern computer, more similar to the ones we use today than the one created in the 1940s. ENIAC was primarily used in the United States Army's Ballistic Research Laboratory to calculate artillary firing tables. It ran on a humongous mainframe system.
  • Creation of Correction Fluid

    Bette Nesmith Graham, a secretary and founder of the company Liquid Paper, created correction fluid, or what we call "White Out" for typewriters. This way, instead of having to completely start over becasue of an error made while typing, a typist could simply white the error out and retype over it.
  • IBM Selectic Typewriter

    IBM Selectic Typewriter
    This typewriter was considered the first word processor, although it wasn't called by that name. It recieved that characteristic because of it's "type ball" which allows for more fonts and faster typing, as well as the use of binary code in its design.
  • First Word Processor

    First Word Processor
    IBM released the first word processor called the MT/ST, or the Magnetic Tape/Selectic Typewriter, combining the two forms of printing. This machine was the first of what we today consider word processing machines. The phrase "word processing" was translated from the German word "textverabeitung." This machine marked the first time text could be edited without the need for a hard copy first.
  • Invetnion of MagCards

    Invetnion of MagCards
    MagCards were the first word processing storage units. They were small disks that a person could slip into a computer to save text that they had printed.
  • Electronic Typewriters

    Electronic Typewriters
    Not to be confused with electric typewriters, electronic typewriters were the last major evolution of the typewriter before the introduction of word processors into technology. Electronic typewriters often had displays, spelling and grammar check, and did not use mechanics to type.
  • Mjcrosoft Word

    Mjcrosoft Word
    Microsoft Word
    Microsoft Word 1.0 was first introduced by the company Xerox with little success. However, the program would grow to become to most common and widely used word processing software, expanding to more than basic word processing.
  • Introduction of the Floppy Disk

    Introduction of the Floppy Disk
    Floppy Disk v. Thumb Drive
    The first 8-inch floppy disk that held 1.44 megabytes of data was introduced in this year. It could hold text for word processing as well as other software for computers. Floppy disks allowed for the separation between "software" (programs and instructions for the computer) and "hardware" (the actual makeup and function of a ocmputer).