Model F Technical Manual Project

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darkcruix

04 Nov 2020, 17:05

Check https://www.bucklingspring.com from time to time. I don't have any automated notification in place, unfortunately.

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darkcruix

15 Nov 2020, 02:13

Uploaded the latest version 0.5.17 of the Technical Reference for Model F at:
https://www.bucklingspring.com/technica ... downloads/

Version 0.5.17 contains
Additions in section 4 for: Solenoid and Beeper
Additions in the Appendix: Keycap Font
Some minor corrections

We have now over 200 pages ...

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shampoo

16 Nov 2020, 13:38

Hi

I am trying to download it, but I am getting the following error:
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Thanks

J

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darkcruix

16 Nov 2020, 19:08

shampoo wrote:
16 Nov 2020, 13:38
Hi

I am trying to download it, but I am getting the following error:

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Thanks

J
I have a relatively tight setting on the access rights. Can you give me your public IP (e.g. navigate to whatsmyip.com) and PM me your IP. I can then update the configuration.

OxC0FFEE

18 Nov 2020, 18:39

@darkcruix, regarding the font, is it a derivative of Gorton as many keyboard manufacturers used, or a bespoke font? If the latter, do you have it available?

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darkcruix

18 Nov 2020, 22:31

OxC0FFEE wrote:
18 Nov 2020, 18:39
@darkcruix, regarding the font, is it a derivative of Gorton as many keyboard manufacturers used, or a bespoke font? If the latter, do you have it available?
Neither, as far as I was informed. Zed has done some research on it - let me quote him:
The 'tail' or 'leg' on the 'R' is the dead giveaway for Helvetica. The curve at the end is completely out of character to the rest of the font. The F font certainly looks like it was derived from Helvetica with some interesting differences.

Characters are uniform height and stroke thickness. This is why the round characters 'O', 'S' etc. appear to be slightly shorter than their neighbors. Typefaces compensate for this optical effect by making those characters slightly taller. The vertical and horizontal line thickness is usually varied as well for similar reasons. IBM did not do either. I assume they were planning for additional characters to be added and placed the alphas upper left justified to create a grid where the other quadrants could be used. Perhaps uniform letter height was considered a better option when multiple characters might be sharing the same key but I don't know for sure. It may be as simple as the artist didn't know any better or it was decided that this wasn't like typesetting a book so the font didn't have to follow the traditional rules.

The small text for the modifiers, F row, etc. was probably done using a Keuffel & Esser 'Leroy' lettering set. IBM used a slightly different font (not Helvetica or a derivative) for their templates than ones I have seen in the catalogs but K&E did all sorts of custom templates and the artwork has all the hallmarks of a pantograph drawn character.
Zed has hand-drawn the font and icons according the original keys and they look fabulous.

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darkcruix

18 Nov 2020, 22:35

I have uploaded another version today with the full key cap set in the Appendix as well as additions to the Section 4. Overall we are at 241 pages now.

As always, the download is available from:
https://www.bucklingspring.com
in the "Download Section"

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