Chapter 11. PostScript: More Than an Afterthought

When I started composing cryptic crossword puzzles, more years ago than I care to admit, I produced camera-ready grids with pen and ink and Letraset. A few years later, the magazine purchased new phototypesetting equipment that could draw lines and boxes (I was working as a layout artist and typesetter for the magazine). At about the same time, I acquired my first computer, a pocket-sized TRS-80 PC-1 with all of 1.5KB of memory, and a one-line, 24-character LCD display.

With the PC-1's limited BASIC language, I wrote my first useful program. It generated the code to produce crossword grids on the typesetter, which used a markup language reminiscent (if memory serves me correctly) of SGML. I had ...

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