This is the generic class for an apparatus wherein a user ofthe apparatus causes an intelligible character* to be imprintedon a record-medium* by a type-member* that isimpressed on the record-medium, said type-member being selectedfrom a plurality of different type-members, and the selected type-membersbeing impressed serially to form a sequence of characters that record intelligibleinformation.
This class includes a method of using the apparatus describedabove.
(1)Note. The definition as written above is intended to emphasizethe major difference between this class (400) and the class of printing.The difference is that as a general rule in this class each character* is imprintedserially by a type-member* that is selected from an assortmentof type-members, the assortment containing only one of each type-memberto be impressed, and the selection being made in sequence to imprintone character after another to form a word, and one word after anotherto form the text to be read. In the printing class, on the otherhand, a plurality of type-members are arranged to be printed simultaneouslyto form a print-line* or a page* or a plurality ofpages of printed text.
(2)Note. The word "intelligible" in the definitionof this class does not limit the character to a visible character.A character that is invisible to the human eye can be intelligibleto a "scanner" that "reads",for example, infrared light emanations, and thus be intelligiblewithin the definition stated above.
(3)Note. Explanatory note regarding placement of patents withinthe class. A typewriter includes many elements, often numberingin the hundreds and even thousands of elements. Because of this,many patents in the typewriter art include claims that recite elementsof a typewriter that are named in a claim for the purpose of setting forththe environment of the inventive structure. In such patents, themere naming of various elements in a claim will not necessarilybe the basis of placing a patent having such a claim into the scheduleas an original patent. Original placement will be based upon theinventive concept emphasized in a patent claim rather than on the basisof all the elements that are merely named in a claim.