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Excluding text

(OP)
Is there a pcl ( 5 or 6 ) command to cause a line of text to either print in 'ghost' type (i.e. invisible) or to be excluded from the print stream?

Thanks for the help.

RE: Excluding text

Print "white" text or print it outside the page boundry.

Jim Asman
jlasman@telus.net

RE: Excluding text

With PCLXL (aka PCL6) you could use the Comment operator.

RE: Excluding text

(OP)
I'm making the assumption ( since I know very little about PCL) that inserting the literal 'comment' before the text will cause the printer to ignore the line.  Am I correct?  Thanks.

RE: Excluding text

Mike writes:
I'm making the assumption ( since I know very little about PCL) that inserting the literal 'comment' before the text will cause the printer to ignore the line.  Am I correct?

No! PCLXL is a highly structured language which uses a binary encoding, so it is not at all easy to manually create and/or modify PCLXL streams.

You will be better off sticking to PCL5 and following Jim's suggestions. On that point, I seem to recollect that PCLTools (www.PCLTools.com presumably) had a brief explanatory document regarding various methods of hiding text within PCL5 streams.

RE: Excluding text

The PCLTools document I mentioned is quite difficult to find, so here are the details:

Go to www.pcltools.com/propthlp.php and from there select the HIDETEXT.PCL file for downloading.

The file is actually a PCL5 file, which (if copied directly to a printer port) demonstrates several methods of hiding text; it also (briefly) explains each method.

To see in detail how some of the methods work, you'll need to view the file in a hex editor (although WordPad will do for this purpose) or (to make life easier) run the file through a PCL analyser.

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