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Re: a printer for Linux

On Sat, May 05, 2001 at 01:16:08PM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> on Sat, May 05, 2001 at 03:58:41PM -0400, Michael P. Soulier (msoulier@storm.ca) wrote:
> > On Sat, May 05, 2001 at 01:39:24PM -0400, Glenn Becker wrote:
> > > 
> > > Will any PC-compatible printer do? What are the considerations, here?
> > 
> >     Anything that speaks PCL really. I'm using an HP DeskJet 812C, and it
> > works perfectly with ghostscript for postscript conversion, using a filter
> > from magicfilter. 
> "PCL" is not a standard specification, AFAIC, it stands for "printer
> control language", and I believe it varies by printer.
> I'm not certain of this and would appreciate clarification.

PCL is HP's printer control language.  It's what LaserJet I, II, and
III models speak natively.

LaserJet 4 and 5 models were a mix ... some had built in Postscript,
some spoke PCL.  Newer HPs seem to speak Postcript but can fall back
to PCL.

Having said that, PCL is a "standard" in the sense that it's a
language.  It's the next best alternative to Postscript IMO (though
it does tie you to HP.  As far as printers go that's not all bad).

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