History of Computing: What is the origin of the typing cursor?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 05, 2020 04:53 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 05, 2020 04:53 PM

I can only add the following:

The typing cursor, or caret, is actually called an “I-beam” cursor, and it was part of Microsoft’s early efforts to make an intuitive UI. The caret is different from the cursor because it is constrained to text boxes. Lars Frid-Nielsen holds the patent for development of intelligent screen cursors, including the I-beam cursor
I don’t know if the “I” in I-beam stands for insertion (of) beam, and if this is part of a command line interface nor when the serifs were added to the I-beam. I am adding the topic Human-Computer Interaction to hopefully find an answer to this part.

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