WARNING: Following the practices in this article may be hazardous to your printer’s health, your ink cartridge budget, and the life expectancy of trees. Please continue at your own risk.
Even though digital documents began in the 1950’s, they became available to most offices in the 1980’s with the development of the personal computer. Users could finally create and share digital information without the use of any print material of any type. At the same time, however, the rise in the use of digital printers grew at an amazing rate side by side personal computers. After almost thirty years of designing and developing student registration systems, I am always amazed at how often digital data is printed and distributed. The process seems counterproductive to me. During a recent meeting with a customer, however, the front office staff finally helped me understand the error in my thought process and why it is important to print everything. Here is a summary of what I learned.