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What is the Printer Language for Deskjet printer?

Hi :)

I'm thinking of making a small controller board to read data  
and then print the data out in line graph form.
I want to use the HP Deskjet and the model has not decided yet.

I guess that there should be a printer language
that I can use to control the Deskjet printer.
What is it?
Where can I get the detail of such langauge?
Which model would you recommend?
Any suggestions on the printer control?

Thanks
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thejee
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patrickabCommented:
Why not use a GPIB board and Excel or Lotus123 to produce the line graph on virtually any inkjet printer. You can find out more about GPIB boards at National Instrument's website at:

http://sine.ni.com/apps/we/nioc.vp?cid=1230&lang=US

Hope that helps.
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thejeeAuthor Commented:
patrickab :)
Thanks but the input data does not come through the GPIB
and the controller board should be PC-independent.
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pyschesCommented:
The Printer language for the Majority of Deskjets is PCL probably version 5 or 6 by now, and you can purchase a  good PCL reference manual..


Try the following from www.Amazon.com

Laserjet 4: Typography and Graphics: Unlocking the Secrets of Enhanced Pcl 5
by Ross Smith, Charles Stevenson (Contributor)


hope this helps

pysches
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chicagoanCommented:
Many new inkjet printers are GDI, they have no interpreter, using the CPU to handle rasterizing. I'd think you would want a printer with a PCL or Postscript interpreter to minimize your board development.
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thejeeAuthor Commented:
Thanks pysches and chicagoan
I seem to have  2 choices of langauges; pcl and postscript.
Which language and printer model would you recommend?
and why?
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pyschesCommented:
i would suggest PCl.
the reason, is it's a hell of a lot simpler than Postscript.
however if you are looking for load of options for graphics, and large strings to call routines, try postscript.

any model in the 900 series should do what you need, unless your looking for an a3 printer.

regards
pysches
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chicagoanCommented:
You'll encounter a lot more printers with PCL.
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thejeeAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all comments
:)
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