Any idea what language this is?

Posted on 1999-01-18
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Last Modified: 2010-04-12
Here is some sample of a file that I have...

I  7.0 c$lpi  12.0 c$cpi  /Courier 0 c$fnt  C$LMAR C$TMAR moveto  01 c$sl  c$nl  01 c$nl  01 c$nl  01 c$nl  01 c$nl  01 c$nl  01 c$sl  c$nl  

This file is sent directly to the printer, similar to a
Postscript file, however it is not Postscript.  I need
to know if anyone has seen this before and can tell me
what language it is in?  
Question by:ryanmason
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by:Asta Cu
ID: 2014739
Looks like printer commands to me, lpi, lines per inch - cpi, characters per inch, specific fonts and control points for the printer.  Could it be PCL?

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ID: 2014740
Lookd like PCL to me, but not sure.


Author Comment

ID: 2014741
No, it's not PCL.
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by:Asta Cu
ID: 2014742
or possibly PCL5?
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by:Asta Cu
ID: 2014743
ATM?  If not, I give up, searched extensively multiple computers and internet, no hits.  What is this file?  Is 7.0 a version of a related app generating these printer command sequences?

Expert Comment

ID: 2014744
Can you tell us what type of printer you are sending this file?  I suspect this is a proprietary format for this printer.


Author Comment

ID: 2014745
Sorry but I don't have much more information on this file.  
We're having trouble getting answers from the client, that's
why I posted it here.  I was hoping that the commands would
look familiar to someone but they haven't so far.  I'm starting
to think now that it just may be a custom program that's creating and interpreting these codes.  I actually started trying to convert it code by code (since it's obvious what
each code does) and it's working.  

If anyone happens to know exactly what this code is then let
me know, if not then I'll consider this closed.  Thanks to
those who responded.

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Expert Comment

ID: 2014746
PostScript is a language which allows a "macro" to be defined.
So, each command, above, could be a call to invoke a macro.

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amitc011599 earned 400 total points
ID: 2014747
It is mostly a printer job language (PJL).

Try checking which printer it is being sent to, if it is a HP printer like HP LaserJet 5Si Mx, etc it is bound to be PJL.

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