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an electronic machine that processes data very quickly using a stored program

COMMENT: Computers are now used in all stages of book and magazine production. The original text is keyboarded (often by an author or journalist); a sub-editor may code it for typesetting, and it is passed via disk, a network or an ftp site to a typesetting computer. The typesetting computer has been programmed to recognise certain codes and output text in certain typefaces, point sizes, formats, etc., according to the codes inserted by the editors or compositors. Finally, the printing process itself is computerised, with inbuilt computers in the printing and binding machines programmed to accept printing instructions.



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