How To Fight Keyboard Strain? Kill The Messages

Cepetitive strain injury (RSI) is a mysterious syndrome. It can cripple the hands, wrists, and forearms of some people who type a lot, yet leave others unscathed. Ergonomists advise employers to fight RSI by putting in adjustable chairs, desks, and keyboards and by giving typists frequent breaks. Newsday, a Times Mirror Co. newspaper in Melville, N. Y., has been plagued with 150 cases of RSI among its staff. To cut down on typing, Newsday reprogrammed its computer system so that reporters could receive electronic mail from editors but not send it.

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