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Carbon copying, often abbreviated to c.c., was originally the technique of using carbon paper to produce one or more copies simultaneously with the creation of paper documents. On a typewriter, this would be done by placing carbon paper sheets between two or more sheets of paper in the machine, so that whatever was typed on the front sheet was copied onto the other sheets. This technique applies to written documents as well. A sheet of carbon paper, coating side down. ... Mechanical desktop typewriters, such as this Underwood Five, were long time standards of government agencies, newsrooms, and sales offices. ...

This practice declined with the advent of photocopying and other electronic means, although it is still used, for example, in manual receipt books which have a multiple-use sheet of carbon paper supplied, in order that the user can keep an exact copy of each receipt issued, although even here NCR paper (no carbon required) is often used. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Carbonless copy paper or NCR paper is an alternative to carbon paper, used to make a copy of an original, handwritten document without the use of any electronics. ...



Dot matrix and daisywheel printers are also able to use carbon paper to produce multiple copies of a document in one pass, and most models feature adjustable impact power and head spacing to accommodate up to three copies plus the original printout. However, arranging the "sandwich" of layered blank sheets and carbon paper requires some careful handling and must be manually fed in most models, thus requiring some extra time and effort. Usually, this feature is used in conjunction with continuous, prearranged perforated paper and carbon supplies for use with a tractor feeder, rather than with single sheets of paper. For example, when printing out commercial invoices or receipts. A dot matrix printer or impact matrix printer normally refers to a type of computer printer with a print-head that runs back and forth on the page and prints by impact, striking an ink-soaked cloth ribbon against the paper, much like a typewriter. ... A daisy wheel printer is a type of computer printer that produces high-quality type, and is often referred to as a letter-quality printer (this in contrast to high-quality dot-matrix printers, capable of near-letter-quality, or NLQ, output). ...


The term CC has found renewed use with the growth of the internet. Its purpose is similar even though its implementation has changed.

In e-mail, the abbreviation CC refers to the practice of sending a message as a "carbon copy". That is, the receiver is not expected to reply or act. Typically, supervisory personnel are notified with CC. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...

Contrary to popular belief, CC is not meant for sending multiple copies, at least, not particularly. It is a perfectly legitimate practice to populate the To: field with several addresses.

The CC recipients are revealed to all recipients, and this may not be desirable, depending on the situation. An alternative field, BCC, or Blind Carbon Copy, is available for hidden notification. In common usage, To field recipients are the primary audience of the message, CC field recipients are others whom the author wishes to publicly inform of the message, and BCC field recipients are those surreptitiously being informed of the communication. But there is no REAL point of c.c.ing anyone in an email because you could actually just put them in the mail recipient field. Adding it to c.c. offers no advantages and is actually a waste of time having to click on a separate field just to add a contact you could have just placed into the recipient field. In the context of email, blind carbon copy, abbreviated BCC, refers to the practice of sending a message to multiple recipients in such a way that what they receive does not contain the complete list of recipients. ...


CC may be derived from the French phrase "ci clus" or "here included", "ci" being a shortform of "ici" and "clus" short for "inclus".

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Carbon copy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (252 words)
, was originally the technique of using carbon paper to produce several copies of paper documents.
On an old-fashioned typewriter, this would be done by placing the carbon paper between two sheets of paper in the machine, so that whatever was typed on the front sheet was copied onto the second sheet.
However, the term "carbon copy" has found renewed use with the growth of the Internet, even though its original meaning does not apply.
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