[LMB] What's needed

Baur baur at chello.at
Sun Feb 2 08:40:35 GMT 2020

Am 02.02.2020 um 02:48 schrieb Eric Oppen:
> A lot depends on how many letters or characters you have to deal with.  One
> big problem with printing Chinese, Japanese or ancient Egyptian is the
> thousands of characters you have to deal with.  I once saw a Chinese
> typewriter, and it was one of the most complicated things imaginable.

actually ancient egyptian hieroglyphs is not too bad with about 700 
different symbols (consider that Gutenberg used about 280 different 
letter shapes for his bible)

chinese and japanese kanji however are bad .. (hiragana and katagana are 
much better)



> On Sat, Feb 1, 2020 at 6:21 PM WalterStuartBushell <proto at panix.com> wrote:
>>> On Feb 1, 2020, at 1:35 PM, Tony Zbaraschuk <tonyz at eskimo.com> wrote:
>>> The thing to keep in mind here is that one of the BIG advantages of
>>> movable type is that you can set up the type, print a signature (8 or
>>> 12 or 16 pages), and then break up the type to set the next signature.
>>> Which means you only need a hundred pounds or so of lead/tin to start
>>> printing.  If you're doing a block a page, then you need either metal
>>> or wood, and LOTS of it, for EACH book, meaning your printer needs
>>> to have a handy warehouse AND be very rich to afford all those plates
>>> and their storage and organization.
>>> Tony Z
>> Which means the books are *expensive* and limits distribution, so
>> Intermediate between hand copies and movable type.
>> Printing would be done only by major institutions, in 5Gs, the religious
>> orders or high nobility.
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