Mittwoch, 11. Juli 2012


Accents. I've been wondering for quite some time why Remington chose a completely different solution for writing accents (‘,‘) than any other typewriter manufacturer I know: Instead of having a dead key for the accents, where you type the accent, the carriage doesn't advance and then write the letter, you have to first write the letter and then type the accents, with the accent cantilevered, standing away from the type slug. At first, that solution may seem line total overkill and you wonder why the Remington engineers decided to go that way. Then, when writing in French, I suddenly realised why: You first write the "e" when handwriting in French, and then the ‘ for e. And with that Remington solution, it's the exact same principle, only on a typewriter: You type the We", the carriage advances and then, you type the ‘, which "goes back" one position. Terrible over~engineering, of course, but at least it makes sense. I can understand though that after World War 2, Remington dropped the cantilevering concept and used the standard principle on all machines. It's easier for us collectors as well. Remington Noiseless Deluxe This awesome post was brought to you by the mighty Typosphere


Miguel Ángel Chávez Silva hat gesagt…

That is a very peculiar feature, indeed; I was very surprised with it when I first saw it. I agree with you, in Spanish you also write the vocal first and then add the accent, at least when you hand-write; in that sense, the Remington design makes perfect sense.

Of all the Remington typewriters I own, only the more recent, the Brasilian-made Remington 25, has a "standard" method of typing accents, using a dead key like any other brands. The other machines, including my 1924 Remington 12, my 1928 Remington 2 portable, the 1948 Remington-Rand KMC and the Quiet Riter from 1953, all have the same odd Remington accent design.

It takes a while to get used to it, but once you do it, you can type at least as fast with it as with the standard method.

One little flaw I've found: since the accent key is not a dead key, it causes the carriage to advance. That means that, if you have to type an accent to a letter located right before the margin stop, you'll need to use the margin release key.

notagain hat gesagt…

I've never seen that before. It's brilliant!

Richard P hat gesagt…

I like the Remington system -- it matches the order of handwriting, as you say. Nice photo illustrating it.

Richard P hat gesagt…

Wait a minute -- aren't the Remington accent keys also dead keys? If they advanced the carriage, then you would have to backspace in order to avoid getting something like this: fantá stico.

Miguel Ángel Chávez Silva hat gesagt…

Richard: you're right, the accent keys in the Remington design ARE dead keys, my mistake; but you do need to use the margin release in order to type an accent on the last character before the margin stop.

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