By Henry Louis Gates
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This provides batch information header, departmental reference number of the document, departmental identifying codes and the box number. Deletions are batched and processed as with the transmittal lists. Output. Apart from the error reports and proof list (housekeeping output), supplemented by statistical reports on the number of records input, amended or deleted, there are two main output print-outs: (i) The site inventory list is ordered by site (the geographical location of the centre, one of three county council centres), department and sub-department, and then the document reference number.
Characters typed out appear on the screen, as does information supplied by the computer. This method allows very rapid access to the information held by the system, and is a very simple direct way of inputting or of correcting and editing data held by it. It is not so suitable for inputting large amounts of data, since this would require the terminal to be connected to the computer on-line for a great length of time; this can be expensive and wearisome, since it may not allow flexible use of office time.
Where errors are made in computer systems, they arise from mistakes in the content, presentation or format of the input data, or from the misdesign of the controlling program. Together with accuracy may be added diligence. Computers do not, as human agents sometimes do, get tired and lay aside the task; they are systematic and logical, and to perform a task with computer aid demands that the whole job, its objectives, its material and its method should be carefully thought out and logically analysed and explained.
A PRIVATE EXCHANGE by Henry Louis Gates