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The left margin using a PCL Form
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The left margin using a PCL Form

The left margin using a PCL Form

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Hi ... Does anyone know how to make a PCL Printer print in the 2 left most characters of a page? So then a PCL Form can be coded that would print right to the left edge of the paper. I am using my own GUI PCL Typesetter/PCL Code Generator so I would like to program the ability to print in that area as many Gov't forms go right to the left edge of the paper.  Thanks ... Jesse

RE: The left margin using a PCL Form

It can't be done. You can gain a little bit with the use of the sheet offset command, but there is an absolute clip limit of about 1/5th inch left and right.

I believe that Xerox does make some printers that can be set to print virtually to the edge of the sheet.

Jim Asman
http://www.spectracolorservices.com

RE: The left margin using a PCL Form

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Some Laser printers do offer what they call 'Edge-To-Edge' printing - but I think that even these will still leave a small margin (about 2mm) as an unprintable area.

Some LaserJet devices have features which allow the X and Y registration to be moved on the page (so the whole image can be moved left/right/up/down) via front panel menu items.

Yet others will respond to a PCL5 escape sequence which allows the logical page to be redefined - see http://forums1.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/bizsupport/questionanswer.do?threadId=1092101 for a discussion of this.

I believe that printer damage was one of the original reasons for laser printers NOT offering edge-to-edge printing - but this may no longer be an issue with modern technology (?). But if it IS still a problem, then using some of the above techniques may cause damage (or, at the least, contamination) of your printer.

You ought to start lobbying your federal authorities to stop producing crap forms!

RE: The left margin using a PCL Form

An interesting thread, DD.

It is absolutely incredible to me that any responsible organization wiould produce a form that precludes its use on 99% of the printers in use.

Jim Asman
http://www.spectracolorservices.com

RE: The left margin using a PCL Form

Print the form and the data on blank paper.  They'll never notice, or care if they do.

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