What Mistakes?

II Alive Volume 1 Number 1
March / April 1993

Sneak Peek, Page 9: “Drift Dodgers” subhead, fourth paragraph: A page length of 2.1″ does not mean 2 inches and one line (at ‘1/6’ or ‘1/8’ depending on the lines per inch setting) as implied in this article. AppleWorks instead takes your request of 2.1″ and uses the closest page length your printer supports with the current lines per inch setting. (Actually, AppleWorks keeps track of the total length of the lines you have printed, and goes to the next page as soon as that length exceeds the page length length you entered.) This correction was submitted by Bruce Barick of Danbury, CT, who provides a complete table of “lines per form” settings that, according to his tests, can be printed on standard 11″ paper without drift:

Number of forms Lines per form Lines per form Page Length
per 11″ page 6 LPI 8 LPI Setting
16688110
233445.5
322n/a3.7
4n/a222.7
611n/a1.8
8n/a111.4
11681
22340.5
333n/a0.3
44n/a20.2

Mr. Barick also points out that, if you’re careful, you can mix lines per inch settings in such forms. If you’re making a form at 6 LPI, you can trade groups of three lines at 6 LPI for groups of four lines at 4 LPI. If you’re making a form at 8 LPI, you can trade groups of four lines at 8 LPI for groups of three lines at 6 LPI. Thus, to make a 3-per-page form at 8 LPl (not supported by the chart), you’d trade seven groups of three lines at 6 LPI (21 lines) for seven groups of four lines at 8 LPI (28 lines). You’d have one line of 6 LPI left over (subtract the 21 you traded from the 22 which are allowed). This leftover line must be present on the form to prevent drift. You don’t have to trade all the lines-you could have four lines at 8 LPI and 19 lines at 6 LPI in our exampleand you don’t have to group together all the lines with the same spacing.

If you use non-standard, but regular, spacing, you can also place 9, 12, 16, 24, or 32 forms on a page. Non-standard line spacing in AppleWorks can create more problems than it solves, though, so this is left as an exercise for the reader. See Burt McKeon’s letter, on the previous page, for information on adjusting the line spacing.

Sneak Peek, Page 6: Beagle Bros author Randy Brandt (now owner and operator of JEM Software) tells us that the Beagle Bros logo was not, in fact, “swiped” from a Smith Bros. cough drop box. We’re not sure where we read that, but we’re certain we did. Somewhere. Your editor’s mind is an information sponge which accumulates large quantities of factoids without attribution. Nevertheless, when we actually checked a Smith Bros. box, the logo was, in fact, different from the Beagle Bros logo. Let’s just say that the Beagle logo was “heavily influenced” by the Smith Bros logo and many similar logos, just as the overall style of the company’s advertising was influenced by other old-time advertising. Just remember, there’s no period in “Beagle Bros”!

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