Hard line

Wilcox, Rose (ZB5646) Rose.Wilcox at PINNACLEWEST.COM
Tue Jul 9 19:27:34 UTC 2002

> I haven't heard the expected counterpart "soft
> copy". This could count
> as a retronym.

I heard "soft copy" to refer to an e-document for the
first time fairly recently.


Really?  I recall this from as early as '86, and a quick poll of my
coworkers (admittedly all computer geek types) draws agreement with that
time frame.  My most common use of the term (as a technical writer) would be
to describe my deliverable as in "Do you want it soft copy, hard copy, or

Rosie Wilcox

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