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Printing to a receipt printer in HTML ASP.NET App

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I have an ASP.NET app that creates a receipt in a small panel on my web page. I have some code that sends the panel contents to a popup page and then gets printed.  The receipt prints fine on regular printers but the characters are large and cuttoff on the receipt printer. No matter what font I choose the printing looks exactly the same.  The same receipt posted into note pad prints fine.  A snippet of the ASP code is here:

asp:Panel ID="Panel1" runat="server">
        <style type="text/css">
       
        .styleReceipt
        {
            font="Lucida Console" ;
            font-size:  x-small ;            
        }
        </style>
        <table class="style1">
            <tr>
                <td align="center" colspan="2">
                    <asp:Label ID="lbCompanyName" runat="server" Text="Company Name"
                        style="font-family: 'Lucida Console'; font-size: x-small" ></asp:Label>
                </td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
                <td align="center" colspan="2">
                    <asp:Label ID="lbStoreName" runat="server" Text="Store Name" CssClass="styleReceipt"></asp:Label>
                </td>
            </tr>

etc.

Any suggestions are appreciated.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Have you installed a driver for the receipt printer?  And do you have the docs for it?  Make and Model?
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I'm doing this remotely and they say they have the prier driver installed. Its a Bixolon SRP-275A Receipt printer.   I am going to go pick it up tommorow and bring it back to my office.
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Looks like you can get the drivers here: http://www.crs-usa.com/soft-dot.asp
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Check if the page is getting the styles from themes.
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I've tried everything.  I went down and picked up the receipt printer and laptop. The drvers are intalled. If I print from notepad it looks great. I've tried tons of fonts on a plain html page and none work. I am still working on it now trying to find a solution.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I was wondering if it doesn't print graphics, maybe it's only an old fashioned line / character printer.
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If I change the font on the web page the font on the printer changes, it's just unreadable. The characters are squashed togther.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I took a look at the manual for the printer on that page I linked above.  I saw three font sizes listed in the printer codes but nothing I recognized as graphics commands.  I don't think that thing prints anything but plain text in it's own internal fonts.  Windows fonts are printed as graphics.  Notepad will print plain text I believe.
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How do I get my web page to print plain text?
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I don't know at this point.  I was reading the manual included in the printer driver zip file and it has a section about using Wordpad to test the printer.  Note that some of the codes are used to 'open the cash drawer' and other mechanical functions.  It does say that it will print Windows fonts like Arial.  I'd read the manual and see if what they say there actually works.
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I ended up picking some really odd font after lots of traial and error then setting the character width, height and spacing manually. It's actually unreadable on the screen but prints fine to the printer. I am awarding the points to Dave for putting so much time into this and keeping me on my toes while working through this issue.
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Thanks.  Glad you found a way to make it work.
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