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Form Overlays in PCL XL?

Form Overlays in PCL XL?

Form Overlays in PCL XL?

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Is it possible to do Form Overlays in PCL XL?  I know PCL XL doesn't support the same syntax of escape codes as PCL 5.  I was wondering if there is a PCL XL equivilant?

RE: Form Overlays in PCL XL?

The PCLXL equivalent of PCL5 macros is 'user-defined streams'. Describing how to use these is beyond a simple reply in the forum.

I suggest that you read up on 'user-defined streams' in the HP documentation (but it is a bit sparse, and does contain some errors!), and try using them.
Then, if you hit a particular problem which you can't resolve, post an update to this thread, posing the problem.

RE: Form Overlays in PCL XL?

I've had a bit more time to think about some simple rules: as a rough guide, to convert the output from a standard PCLXL driver to a 'user-defined stream' suitable for use as a macro equivalent, you will need to do, as a minimum:
  • Remove the UEL sequence.
  • Remove the PJL statements.
  • (Optionally) replace the original stream header with an alternative (e.g. different comment field).
  • Replace the BeginSession operator (and its preceding attribute list) with the equivalent SetPageScale operator, in order to maintain independence of user units between the overlay and the parent stream.
  • Ignore all other operators (and their preceding attribute lists) up to, and including, the first BeginPage operator (except perhaps for embedded font downloads, etc.).
  • Retain subsequent operators (and their preceding attribute lists) up to the first EndPage operator, except for SetPageDefaultCTM (which would upset, for example, binding margin settings made by the parent stream.
  • Remove the first EndPage operator (including its preceding attribute list), and all subsequent data.

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