"This proposal is about SOFT COPY." (1)
"Soft copy" was a neologism, best understood in opposition to its opposite, "hard copy." Soft copy is fluid, dynamic, mutable, carried in a digital medium and appearing on electronic screens. Hard copy is fixed, registered, permanent, found in books and printed matter. (2) These two forms are opposed, but the authors suggest that each is mediated by the interface through which it's delivered. They proposed to study the interface of a book, and from this departure point they would consider how its format might transition from paper to a digital medium, from hard to soft copy.