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					    Printing Graphics

 An introduction to capabilities of
the HP Printer Control Language
• The PCL language employs some special
  sequences of ASCII control-codes, known
  as „escape‟ sequences (since they begin
  with the code for the escape-key: 0x1B)
• The character-sequence „\e‟ may be used
  to generate this special non-printable byte
• The punctuation-symbols, numerals, and
  alphabetic characters that follow specify a
  specific command to the HP laser printer
      Printer Communication
• An application that wishes to do printing
  can create a textfile containing a mixture
  of document text and PCL commands
• This text file is then „submitted‟ to the
  printer using a Linux command (e.g., „lpr‟)
• The printer recognizes commands by the
  occurrence of an „escape‟ code
• Printer initialization command has format:
                  ESC E

• Example: fprintf( prn, “\eE” );
  // This statement writes the initialization
  // command to a file whose file-pointer is
  // the „prn‟ variable
• Setting print resolution for raster graphics
  is done with the following command:
          ESC * t # R
• Here the „#‟ symbol denotes a numeric
  parameter that specifies the number of
  dots-per-inch (i.e., the pixel resolution)
• Possible choices are: 75, 100, 150, 300
      Set the Cursor Position
• Set the cursor‟s Y-coordinate:
          ESC * p # Y
• Set the cursor‟s X-coordinate:
          ESC * p # X

• Example: If dots-per-inch equals 300, then
  fprintf( prn, “\e*p%dY\e*p%dX”, 150, 150 );
  places the cursor a half-inch from margins
   Set the Compression Mode
• Here is the command that specifies the
  type of raster data-compression used:
             ESC * b # M

• The possible numeric parameters are:
  – 0: unencoded (no compression)
  – 1: run-length encoding
  – 2: tagged image file format (TIFF)
  – 3: delta row compression
  Enter Raster Graphics Mode
• The printer‟s default mode is „text‟ mode
• To switch into raster graphics mode, the
  following command is issued:
           ESC * r # A
• Here the „#‟ symbol specifies the type of
  cursor-positioning that is used:
  – 1 means use current cursor position
  – 0 means use the printer‟s left margin
        Sending Raster Data
• Here is the command for sending raster
  graphics data to the printer:
           ESC * b # W

• Here the „#‟ symbol stands for a numeric
  parameter that specifies the number of
  bytes of raster data that follows the „W‟
• Then the cursor moves to the next row
 Leaving Raster Graphics Mode
• To exit from raster graphics mode, the
  following command is used:
                ESC * r B

• This command switches the printer back to
  its normal „text‟ mode, and it is issued after
  the final row of raster graphics data is sent
• The PCL language is „page oriented‟, and
  once a page‟s description is complete, the
  printer should eject that page
• The „form-feed‟ command „\f‟ can be sent
  to the printer to eject the completed page:
               fprintf( prn, “\f” );
     Our „wavprint.cpp‟ demo
• We have posted an application program
  that prints certain Waveform Audio files,
  using the printer‟s PCL raster graphics
• So far it only works with 8-bit non-stereo
• To avoid wasting paper and toner, it only
  prints the first page of the waveform