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Re: badges

On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 10:41:31PM -0700, Matto Marjanovic wrote:
> On 08/13/2014 08:13 PM, Steve Langasek wrote:
> >On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 11:49:22AM -0700, Matto Marjanovic wrote:
> >>On 08/13/2014 12:47 AM, Didier 'OdyX' Raboud wrote:
> >>>Just as a set of facts, here's what we did for DC13:
> >>>* Get a small PTouch QL580N label printer with transparent label tape
> >
> >>Ah-ha... a dedicated label printer!
> >>That is an important detail that was lost in last night's discussion.
> >
> >Because that is not the proposal that was on the table for DC14.  It happens
> >to be what was done for DC13.
> >
> >For DC14 we have ready access to general-purpose inkjet and laserjet
> >machines; I don't see any reason we need specialized hardware for this,
> >provided that we have appropriate scripts and a workable printer.

> Let me clarify the thought which I was trying to express:

>  "That is an important detail that was lost in last night's discussion.
>   I now understand where the concept of 'print a label on-demand at the
>   front-desk' originated, and the context in which it was a reasonable
>   thing to do --- that being the context where there is a printer that
>   is designed to produce a single label at a time.  It does not make as
>   much sense when the equipment is a general-purpose sheet-fed inkjet
>   or laser printer and the medium is 8.5x11 sheets with ~30 precut
>   labels per sheet --- because that works best for printing 30 labels
>   at a time since one typically cannot run those sheets through a
>   printer more than once.  Besides, if you are going to go through the
>   trouble to deal with positioning the text to appear in the correct
>   spot on a sheet of 30 labels, you might as well skip the labels and
>   print the text directly onto pristine 6-up badge stock, along with
>   the graphics, and waste only 5/6 of the sheet instead of 29/30."

> I'm pretty sure that yesterday both I (guy drawing pictures) and Tony
> (guy printing pictures) thought that the "printed labels" under
> discussion for DC14 referred to using the 8.5x11 sheets close-packed
> with many labels on them.  If the master plan involves some other
> medium, please clarify.

There is certainly no master plan involving any label printers; and AIUI
from yesterday's discussion, the plan is to print directly onto card stock
badges as required.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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