Speed and accuracy are essential in typing. They
alone do not ensure fast work. Valuable time may be
saved if the typist knows how to make a neat erasure,
center a heading, divide words, and keep a typewriter
in good operating condition. Many helpful typing
techniques are given in the Department of the Navy
Correspondence Manual and in elementary typewriting
books available in most supply departments.
INTRODUCTION TO WORD
In the last several years the Navy has made
available more word processors. As a Storekeeper you
will be exposed to WP and the associated equipment.
You should be familiar with the various types of word
processing equipment (WPE) and their capabilities.
WPE is any keyboard device capable of controlled
memory storage, retrieval, and automated typing. WPE
has come about as a result of advanced technology,
especially in the area of computers, and is designed to
enhance typing productivity. Stored keystrokes can be
played out at speeds in excess of 360 words per
minute (WPM). The use of a visual display and other
text-editing features can further enhance the
productivity of the equipment. WPE is generally
categorized as follows:
Intelligent Typewriters. A one-piece
typewriter-like device with internal memory.
It is used extensively where original
keyboarding is a primary factor. Intelligent
Typewriters also provide limited storage for
frequently used formats, names, addresses, etc.
Blind-Keyboard Word Processors. An
electronic keyboard with built-in printer,
internal memory, and magnetic recording
capability. They provide some text-editing
capability and are more suitable for
correspondent of one to two pages. The
magnetic-card (MAGCARD) machines are in
Thin-Window Word Processors. An electronic
keyboard with built-in printer, internal
memory, magnetic recording capability, and a
visual display of two lines or less. These word
processors have improved text-editing ability
that most blind-keyboard machines dont have.
They simplify the task of working with large
documents because a small display provides a
Window into the magnetic media or memory.
Stand-Alone Display (Screen) Text Editors.
These provide the greatest text-editing
capability. They have an electronic keyboard
with a separate printer, internal memory,
magnetic recording capability, and a visual
display. Some units provide math capabilities.
This makes the processing of statistical or
columnar documents easier. They also provide
the operator with the ability to manipulate text
in almost any manner; such as, move, delete, or
insert words, sentences, or paragraphs.
Shared-Logic Systems. These are simply
Stand-Alone Display Text Editors which have
been electrically linked to a Central Processing
Unit (CPU). The CPU supports multiple
typing stations with a shared-logic and
memory. Generally, they provide as many or
more features than the Stand-Alone Display
Text Editors. The number of work stations and
printers in each system depends on the power
of the CPU. These systems are used
extensively in large Word Processing Centers.
As you can see there are presently many different
types of machines with varied capabilities available.
Therefore, the functions of the organization to be served
must be analyzed to determine what type WPE most
accurately meets the requirements of a particular office,
division, department, or command.
For more information about word processing and
word processing equipment, you may want to consult
OPNAVINST 5210.12 series.
These machines use a dry electrical copying process
(e.g., Xerox, figure 3-1). Letters, drawings, and forms
may be reproduced in minutes, and with some models
in seconds. There are so many of these machines, all
differing slightly, that it is impractical to describe any
of them here. If you have a machine of this type in your
office, you should also have the right operating manual.
Normally you will not perform maintenance on
these machines. However, you may be assigned as a
key-operator of the machine in your work space. This
will require some maintenance knowledge. What you