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Before textual technologies, there was no text. Before computers and word
processors dealt with fixed 1-dimensional arrays of characters, typewriters
placed letters in a grid---but not a particularly fixed one--- anywhere on a
page, and the letters intermingled with writing and white-out and whatever else
you could stick on. Before typewriters imposed (or suggested) the grid, to
write by hand was to suggest your own lines, to form letters as necessary and
useful, to cross out, underline, squiggle. Before that, what? Figures? A little
arithmetic, a little ritual signification? At a certain point there wasn't even
the 2-dimensional plane.