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hard copy

computer output printed on paper, as contrasted with machine-readable output such as magnetic tape
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hard copy

[′härd ¦käp·ē]
(computer science)
Human-readable typewritten or printed characters produced on paper at the same time that information is being keyboarded in a coded machine language, as when punching cards or paper tape.
(graphic arts)
The typewritten or paper copy of material keyboarded into a computer, word processor, or typesetter.
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hard copy

Printed output. Contrast with soft copy.
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Those at the hard copy end of the continuum emphasized paper's superior portability, support for flexible ergonomics, and greater reliability in reading to detect errors.
The Air Force Institute of Technology is perhaps typical, covering the entire range from providing only conventional hard copy, to providing electronic format on disk, to complete use of electronic format via the internet.
During the past few years, electronic mail (e-mail) has supplanted hard copy letters and memos as the dominant form of intraorganizational communication.
The typed hard copy must be double spaced with a word count of between 2000 and 3000 words; the paper must be computer-generated on either a Mac or a PC.
Taxpayers may use data compression or formatting technologies as part of the system, but all books and records must be legible and readable when displayed on a video display terminal or reproduced in hard copy. Information a taxpayer maintains in an electronic storage system must support his or her books and records (including those in an ADP system).
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While Par may have won an "ET" fee increase, the company could have to take lower fees for "Hard Copy" when that show is renewed, either on CBS stations or elsewhere.
Most financial information currently contained on the Internet simply duplicates the hard copy or portions of the hard copy in hypertext form.
Although not all software packages can convert data to ASCII, they can transmit data to a printer and produce a hard copy of the file.
* If a taxpayer maintains records in both hard copy and machine-sensible (i.e., electronic) forms, the taxpayer must provide the state taxing authority with access to the records in machine-sensible form at the time of an audit if so requested by the taxing authority.
The data can be presented without creating a hard copy, thus ensuring confidentiality.