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  •     QAD Glossary

  • Defining Printer Types
    Before setting up printers, define printer types using Printer Type Maintenance (36.13.1).

    Printer Type Maintenance (36.13.1)
    Printer Type
    Select your printer type from the list of predefined types. If your printer type is not in the list, use a similar printer type or define a new one.
    To define a new printer type, you specify a series of programming sequences to control printer characteristics and behavior in the following situations:
    80-character-width print jobs
    132-character-width print jobs
    Barcode print jobs
    Hardware initialize and reset
    Using control characters, you define how your printer performs such tasks as modifying fonts, changing page orientations, producing multiple copies, and so forth. Your printer manual is the best resource for control code definitions.
    Note: Without correct control codes, the related aspect of printer control will not work.
    Use normal ASCII characters in the control fields. For nonprinting characters, also called control characters, use a slash and the three-digit ASCII number for the character. Control Characters lists characters frequently used in control sequences.

    Control Characters
     
    Control Character
    ASCII
    Backspace
    /008
    Tab
    /009
    Linefeed
    /010
    Form Feed
    /012
    Carriage Return
    /013
    Escape
    /027
    Default system data includes correct control sequences for some commonly used printers.
    Note: One of the default printers is terminal. Use terminal in a character interface, window in a Windows interface, and page in QAD Desktop or .Net UI.

    Sample Printer Control Codes
     
    Code
    Function
    /X27E
    Printer reset
    /X27&l3A
    Folio paper format
    /X27&lXO
    Portrait orientation
    /X27&l1O
    Landscape orientation
    /X27&l1S
    Long edge binding (prints on both sides)
    /X27&l66F
    Bottom margin is 66 lines from top
    /X27(sXp16.67h8.5vXsXbXT
    Pitch 16.67, height 8.5, default style, thickness, font
    /X27&l7X89C
    Adjusts vertical index in steps of 1/48 inch
    /X27(sXp16.67hXs3b4X99T
    Pitch 16.67, height default, bold, courier (4X99)