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Hm, had you said 1978, I would have gotten the reference (Spoiler: TeX, though maybe not really 2-column at the time?). Did you have something specific in mind when writing 1979?



"Did you have something specific in mind when writing 1979?"

Probably the Prince song "1999" (party like it's 1999...) combined with the general era in which this stuff was figured out in non-web digital contexts.


1984 with the introduction of the Macintosh, would be a better year to have picked, as it could be considered the beginning of the desktop publishing revolution.




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