Chapter 5.1 - Sequences table and Printfil.ini entries

The table below lists the Printfil's supported Escape Sequences with their default values and the entries you can use in PRINTFIL.INI to customize them.

CHARACTER OR SEQUENCE EFFECT PRINTFIL.INI
13 Carriage Return  
10 Line feed  
12 Form feed  
9 Tabulation of the text in fields (8 characters)  
8 Delete previously sent character (backspace)  
  This setting is useful to ignore a sequence on the file (for example printer reset strings) Ignore_Chars
27,18 Set normal font width: 10 cpi. (1) Normal_Width
27,15 Set condensed font width: 17 cpi. (1) Condensed
27,87,1 Set double-wide font width: 5 cpi. (1) Double_Width
27,16,5 Set font width at 8 cpi. (1) Cpi8
27,16,1 Set font width at 12 cpi. (1) Cpi12
27,16,2 Set font width at 14 cpi. (1) Cpi14
27,16,3 Set font width at 15 cpi. (1) Cpi15
27,16,4 Set font width at 20 cpi. (1) Cpi20
27,119,1 Double Height Double_Height
27,119,0 Normal Height Normal_Height
27,83,0 Superscript on (use Normal_Height to turn it off) Superscript
27,83,1 Subscript on (use Normal_Height to turn it off) Subscript
27,80,1 BOLD on Bold_on
27,80,2 BOLD off Bold_off
27,80,3 ITALICS on Italics_on
27,80,4 ITALICS off Italics_off
27,80,5 UNDERLINE on Underline_on
27,80,6 UNDERLINE off Underline_off
27,80,7 Switching Font Start (2) Font_Start
27,80,8 Switching Font End (2) Font_End
27,80,11 Switching Image Start (3) Img_Start
27,80,14 Switching Image End (3) Img_End
27,80,15 Switching Color Start (4) Color_Start
27,80,16 Switching Color End (4) Color_End
27,80,17 Copies Start (5) Copies_Start
27,80,18 Copies End (5) Copies_End

(1) The normal width of the font, as we have previously said, is computed based on the sheet dimensions and on the number of characters per row specified in the configuration dialog or in the FILENAME.CFG.
For example, if we have an A4 sheet, the columns are set to 80 and the margins are set to 0.5 Cm., we'll have a width of about 10 cpi. We assume this dimension to be "normal" (i.e. sending chr(27)+chr(18) ). To set a font with different dimensions, PRINTFIL will use the ratio between the normal dimension and the desired one. For example: Condensed = Normal / 10 * 17 (80 "normal" characters = 80 / 10 * 17 = 136 "condensed" characters in the same space in a row).

(2) Using this sequences you can change the font used in the print job.
For example, if in the middle of a job you print chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(7)+"Arial"+chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(8), all the following characters will be printed in Arial font. To reset the font to the default (the one specified in PRINTFIL.INI), you have to specify an empty font. i.e. chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(7)+chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(8). The Font_End sequence is useful only if you want to print other characters in the same row, otherwise you can simply print a chr(10) - Line Feed. For example: chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(7)+"Arial"+chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(8)+chr(13)+chr(10) is the same as chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(7)+"Arial"+chr(10)

(3) Using this sequences you can insert a graphical image into the page.
For example, after printing all the text in page 1 (including a chr(12) - Eject, if needed) you can insert chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(11)+"C:\BACKGR\LOGO.BMP"+chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(14), just before to print the text on page 2.
Please note to place it at the beginning of the page, just before to print the text, so you can eventually place the text over the bitmap.
You can put more than one bitmap per page concatenating the sequences. For example:
chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(11)+"C:\BACKGR\LOGO.BMP|1|1|5|-1"+chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(14) +
chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(11)+"C:\BACKGR\SIDEBAR.BMP|10|1|-1|7"+chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(14).
The Img_End sequence is useful only if you want to print other characters in the same row, otherwise you can simply print a chr(10) - Line Feed. For example: chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(11)+"logo.bmp"+chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(14)+chr(13)+chr(10) is the same as chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(11)+"logo.bmp"+chr(10)
For a deeper explanation of the optional parameters to place the bitmap everywhere on the sheet, please see chapter 6.

(4) Using this sequences you can change the font's color.
For example, if in the middle of a job you print chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(15)+"255"+chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(16), all the following characters will be printed in red. To reset the color to the default (the one specified in PRINTFIL.INI), you have to specify an empty color. i.e. chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(15)+chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(16). The Color_End sequence is useful only if you want to print other characters in the same row, otherwise you can simply print a chr(10) - Line Feed. For example: chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(15)+"0"+chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(16)+chr(13)+chr(10) is the same as chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(15)+"0"+chr(10).
You can specify either the text or the background colors, separing them by a "pipe" ("|" = Ascii-124). For example:
chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(15)+"0|255"+chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(16) setup the text as black on a red background
For a deeper explanation about the various color's RGB numbers see the Color setting in Chapter 3: Configuration

(5Using this sequences you can change the number of copies. The "Copies" parameter works at the entire job level, not for a single page. If more than a "copies sequence" is present in the print job, Printfil will apply the last found one to all the pages in the print job.
For example, if in the middle of a job you print chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(17)+"2"+chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(18), the job willbe printed in 2 copies. The Copies_End sequence is needed only if you want to print other characters in the same row or if you're using the HP-PCL emulation ( Copies_Start = chr(27)+chr(38)+chr(108) ). In all the other cases you can simply print a chr(10) - Line Feed. For example: chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(17)+"3"+chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(18)+chr(13)+chr(10) is the same as chr(27)+chr(80)+chr(17)+"3"+chr(10)

   
   
   
   
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