Fo lq-print Version 1 -#- (C)Copyright 1984 lq-print lq-print was written to provide letter quality printing on an Epson mx printer (with Graftrax) or ibm graphics printer




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.fo LQ-Print Version 0.1 -#- (C)Copyright 1984 LQ-Print LQ-Print was written to provide letter quality printing on an Epson MX printer (with Graftrax) or IBM Graphics printer. A main part of the effort was to make WordStar files look good with these printers. Another function of the program is to allow access to the printers internal functions, therefore this document refers to the printers mode and Letter Quality mode as if two totally separate programs exist. Any questions or comments should be given to: Steve Lass (408)732-8987. The Menu Typing in the letters LQ will display the following menu: CHANGE PRINTER MODE: R - Reset printer C - Condensed (not for Letter Quality) E - Emphasized (not for Letter Quality) D - Double strike M - Microjustification (Letter Quality only) N - eNlarged print S - proportional Spacing 8 - 1/8 inch line spacing P - Print file (Letter Quality) X - eXit to system Descriptions of Menu Commands R - Reset printer The reset command puts the printer into its power up state (determined by dip switches internal to the printer). It will also reset all letter quality modes including: 1/8" line spacing, proportional spacing, microjustification, enlarged, and doublestrike. C - Condensed (not for Letter Quality) This puts the printer into condensed mode (17 characters per inch). This will not effect the Letter Quality mode. E - Emphasized (not for Letter Quality) This command puts the printer into emphasized mode and will not effect the Letter Quality mode. D - Double strike The double strike command will put the printer into double strike mode and also set the Letter Quality mode to double strike. .pa .fo -#- M - Microjustification (Letter Quality only) Microjustification works with WordStar files to evenly space the words and characters accros a line. WordStar puts soft- spaces (hex A0) into the line to justify the right margins. LQ-Print replaces the soft-spaces with incremental spaces so the output looks much more evenly distributed. Micro- justification will be turned off for any line with a hard carriage return (one not entered by WordStar). N - eNlarged print This command puts the printer into enlarged (double width) mode. It will also make the Letter Quality files print in enlarged mode until turned off by ^T in the file. S - proportional Spacing This puts the printer into proportional spacing mode (each character takes up a different amount of space depending on its size). It will also make Letter Quality files print in proportional spacing mode intil turned off by a Reset command (or exit from the program). 8 - 1/8 inch line spacing Line spacing is normally 1/6" and can be changed to 1/8" in the printer and also in Letter Quality mode. P - Print file (Letter Quality) This command takes an ascii DOS file and prints it (using high resolution graphics) in Letter Quality. Any of the above commands (not those specifically marked "not for Letter Quality") entered before the "P" command will be in effect. Note: on entry all modes are cleared. Control Characters Print control characters can be entered into the ascii file and have the following meanings: Boldface is achieved by using a ^B. This is a toggle command so the first ^B turns on boldface, the next ^B turns it off. Doublestrike is achieved by using a ^D. This is also a toggle command. Underline is achieved by using a ^S. This is also a toggle command. Underline is setup to not underline the spaces between words. .pa Enlarged mode is initiated by a ^N and terminated by a ^T. These are the same control codes that put the Epson printer into enlarged mode. For some reason WordStar will not allow the ^N to remain in the file through the "print to file" command so you must enter a ^A before the ^N when using WordStar (^N normally changes the character pitch, but doesn't work with the Epson printer anyway). (^T is normal- ly used for superscripts which are not supported in this program, however if the file is going to be printed by WordStar, another ^T should be entered to toggle off the superscript mode.) WARNING: Enlarged mode takes twice the width of normal characters. If an entire line is written in enlarged mode, or you forget to turn it off, the type may run off the page. Strikeout can be achieved by entering a soft carriage return --------- (no line feed) which is a ^M. Whatever is typed on the next line is combined with the line above before printing. There will be no microjustification on the line with the soft carriage return. Getting a WordStar file ready for LQ-Print From WordStar you must print the file into another file. After editing type a ^KD to finish the editing session. Then from the main menu type a P for print. Then the file name must be entered followed by a carriage return. Then you are asked "DISK FILE OUTPUT?" and must answer Y for yes. Then you are asked what to call the output file (I usually use the extension DOC for the WordStar file and TXT for the output file). All other print control questions are answered the same as if you were sending the file to the printer (press for default settings). .pa Invoking LQ-Print Type: LQ This brings up the menu, all commands can be entered through the menu. If the command is understood, another "Make Selection" line will be displayed, if not the menu will be redisplayed. LQ/R This will reset the printer, then exit the program. LQ/C This puts the printer into condensed mode. LQ/E This puts the printer into emphasized mode. LQ/D This puts the printer into doublestrike mode. LQ/N This puts the printer into enlarged mode. LQ/S This puts the printer into proportional spacing mode. LQ file.ext This prints the file in letter quality mode. An optional drive may be specified as follows: LQ b:file.ext LQ/M file.ext This prints the file in microjustified letter quality mode. LQ/M/S file.ext This prints the file in proportional justification letter quality mode. Note: All legal commands may be entered on one line: LQ/R/C/E/D/N/S Note: Certain print modes cannot be mixed in the Epson, check your manual for details. Note: Upper or lower case characters may be used. .pa Initialization My experience has shown that "sometimes" when the printer is not powered up when the IBM PC is turned on the printer cannot be turned on later wihtout re-booting the PC. LQ- Print allows the printer to be initialized wihtout rebooting the PC. If the printer is not ready when LQ-Print is invoked the following message will be displayed: PRINTER NOT READY, Retry or Initialize (R or I)? At this point you must check to see if the printer is turned off or just "off line". If it is off, turn the power on and check to see if the "on line" LED comes on. If not, the printer needs to be initialized (type I). The next message displayed will be: Monochrome/printer board or Printer adapter (M or P)? If your not sure try one. If your printer was just off line when the PRINTER NOT READY message was displayed you have two options. The first is to turn the printer on line by pressing the "on line" button on the printer then type R for Retry and you should see the menu. The second method to get the printer on line is to type I for Initialize. This will initialize the printer and put it "on line" automatically. If you have a non standard board and LQ-Print's initiliza- tion doesn't work, you must re=boot. Note: The initialization program will not be used if the printer is ready when LQ-Print was invoked. Note: LQ-Print can be executed from WordStar to initialize the printer or setup any of the printers internal functions. #e: LQ-Print can be executed from WordStar to initialize the printer or setu################################################################################################################################


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