Datamax E4203 User's Manual

Datamax E4203 User's Manual
Programmer’s Manual
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Table of Contents
Preface....................................................................................................... 1
Who Should Use This Manual .......................................................................................1
Scope of This Manual....................................................................................................1
General Conventions.....................................................................................................2
Computer Entry and Display Conventions.....................................................................2
Getting to Know the Printer............................................................................................3
Control Codes ........................................................................................... 5
Introduction....................................................................................................................5
Attention Getters............................................................................................................5
Immediate Commands.............................................................................. 7
Introduction....................................................................................................................7
SOH #
Reset ..........................................................................................................7
SOH A
Send ASCII Status String ...........................................................................7
SOH B
Toggle Pause .............................................................................................8
SOH C
Stop/Cancel................................................................................................8
SOH D
SOH Shutdown...........................................................................................8
SOH E
Send Batch Quantity ..................................................................................9
SOH F
Send Status Byte........................................................................................9
SOH U
Update System Database with Current Database......................................9
System-Level Commands ...................................................................... 11
Introduction..................................................................................................................11
STX A
Set Time and Date ...................................................................................11
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STX a
Enable Feedback Characters...................................................................12
STX B
Get Printer Time and Date Information ....................................................12
STX c
Set Continuous Paper Length ..................................................................13
STX d
Set Double Buffer Mode ...........................................................................13
STX E
Set Quantity For Stored Label..................................................................13
STX e
Select Edge Sensor..................................................................................14
STX F
Form Feed................................................................................................14
STX f
Set Form Stop Position (Backfeed Command) ........................................14
STX G
Print Last Label Format ............................................................................14
STX I
Image Downloading..................................................................................15
STX i
Scalable Font Downloading......................................................................16
STX J
Set Pause for Each Label ........................................................................16
STX k
Test RS-232 Port......................................................................................16
STX L
Enter Label-Formatting Command Mode .................................................17
STX M
Set Maximum Label Length ......................................................................17
STX m
Set Metric Mode .......................................................................................17
STX n
Set Imperial (Inches) Mode ......................................................................17
STX O
Set Start of Print Position .........................................................................18
STX o
Cycle Cutter..............................................................................................18
STX P
Character (Hex) Dump Mode ...................................................................18
STX p
Controlled Pause......................................................................................18
STX Q
Clear All Modules .....................................................................................19
STX q
Clear Module ............................................................................................19
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STX r
Select Reflective Sensor ..........................................................................19
STX S
Set Feed Speed .......................................................................................19
STX s
Set Single Buffer Mode ............................................................................20
STX T
Print Dot Pattern Label .............................................................................20
STX t
Test RAM Memory Module.......................................................................20
STX U
Label Format String Replacement Field ...................................................21
STX V
Software Switch Settings..........................................................................22
STX v
Request Firmware Version .......................................................................22
STX W
Request Memory Module Information ......................................................23
STX w
Test Flash Memory Module......................................................................24
STX X
Set Default Module...................................................................................24
STX x
Delete File from Module ...........................................................................25
STX Y
Output Sensor Values ..............................................................................25
STX y
Select Font Symbol Set............................................................................26
STX Z
Print Configuration and Dot Pattern Labels..............................................26
STX z
Pack Module.............................................................................................26
Extended System Commands................................................................ 27
Introduction..................................................................................................................27
STX K
Memory Configuration..............................................................................27
STX Kb
Backfeed Time Delay ...............................................................................28
STX KC
Get Configuration .....................................................................................29
STX Kc
Set Configuration......................................................................................29
STX KD
Database Configuration............................................................................33
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STX KE
Character Encoding..................................................................................34
STX Kf
Set Present Distance................................................................................36
STX KQ
Query Memory Configuration ...................................................................36
STX KR
Reset Memory Configuration....................................................................37
STX Kr
Reset Resettable Counter ........................................................................37
STX KS
Memory Configuration, Scalable Font Cache...........................................37
STX KW
Memory Configuration, Printable Label Width..........................................37
Label-Formatting Commands ................................................................ 39
Introduction .................................................................................................................39
:
Set Cut By Amount...................................................................................39
A
Set Format Attribute .................................................................................40
C
Set Column Offset Amount ......................................................................41
c
Set Cut By Amount...................................................................................41
D
Set Dot Size Width and Height.................................................................42
E
Terminate Label-Formatting Mode and Print............................................42
F
Font Attributes ..........................................................................................43
f
Set Present Speed ...................................................................................44
G
Place Data in Global Register ..................................................................44
H
Select Heat Setting...................................................................................45
M
Select Mirror Mode ...................................................................................45
m
Set Metric Mode .......................................................................................46
n
Set Imperial (Inch) Mode ..........................................................................46
P
Set Print Speed ........................................................................................46
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p
Set Backfeed Speed ................................................................................47
Q
Set Print Quantity .....................................................................................47
R
Set Row Offset Amount............................................................................48
r
Recall Stored Label Format......................................................................48
S
Set Slew Speed........................................................................................49
s
Store Label Format In Module..................................................................49
T
Set Field Data Line Terminator ................................................................50
U
Mark Previous Field as a String Replacement Field.................................50
X
Terminate Label-Formatting Mode without Printing..................................51
y
Select Font Symbol Set............................................................................51
z
Zero (Ø) Conversion to “0” .......................................................................52
+ (>)
Make Last Field Entered Increment Numeric (Alphanumeric)..................52
- (<)
Make Last Field Entered Decrement Numeric (Alphanumeric) ................53
^
Set Count by Amount ...............................................................................54
Special Label-Formatting Commands .........................................................................54
STX S
Recall Global Data And Place In Field...................................................55
STX T
Print Time and Date...............................................................................55
Font Loading Commands....................................................................... 57
Introduction..................................................................................................................57
*c###D
Assign Font ID Number ............................................................................57
)s###W
Font Descriptor.........................................................................................57
*c###E
Character Code ........................................................................................58
(s#W
Character Download Data ........................................................................58
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Generating Label Formats ..................................................................... 59
Introduction..................................................................................................................59
Format Record Commands .........................................................................................59
Generating Records ....................................................................................................60
The Structure of a Record ...........................................................................................60
Record Structure Types...............................................................................................63
Internal Bit-Mapped Fonts ...........................................................................................63
Smooth Font, and Downloaded Bit-Mapped Fonts......................................................64
Scalable Fonts.............................................................................................................64
Bar Codes....................................................................................................................65
Images.........................................................................................................................66
Graphics ......................................................................................................................66
Lines and Boxes .......................................................................................................66
Polygons ...................................................................................................................67
Circles.......................................................................................................................68
Available Fill Patterns for Polygons and Circles: ......................................................68
Examples..................................................................................................................69
Appendix A
ASCII Control Chart .....................................................................................................71
Appendix B
Sample Programs........................................................................................................73
Appendix C
Available Font Sizes, Referencing and Samples.........................................................83
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Appendix D
Error Codes .................................................................................................................89
Appendix E
Single-Byte Symbol Sets .............................................................................................91
Appendix F
Bar Code Summary Data ..........................................................................................101
Bar Code Default Widths and Heights.......................................................................102
Appendix G
Bar Code Details .......................................................................................................103
Appendix H
Font Mapping: Single-Byte and Double-Byte Characters ..........................................131
Appendix I
Symbol Sets and Character Maps .............................................................................133
Symbol Set Selection ................................................................................................133
Double-Byte Symbols, Chinese, Kanji and Korean ...................................................135
Appendix J
Module Identifiers, Field Limits, Print Resolutions, & Column Values .......................137
Appendix K
Speed Ranges and Defaults......................................................................................139
Appendix L
Commands by Function.............................................................................................141
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Appendix M
Image Loading...........................................................................................................143
Appendix N
UPC-A and EAN-13: Variable Price and Weight Bar Code .......................................145
Appendix O
International Language Print Capability (ILPC) Programming Examples ..................147
Appendix P
Downloading Firmware ..............................................................................................153
Appendix Q
E-CLASS 4203 / 4304 Statement of Compatibility ....................................................155
Appendix R
Bar Code Symbology Information Sources................................................................157
Glossary ................................................................................................ 159
Index ...................................................................................................... 163
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Preface
Who Should Use This Manual
This manual is intended for programmers who wish to create their own label production software.
Operators without programming experience may prefer to use a label-creation software package. For
programming information on models not covered in this document, a copy may be downloaded from our
web site at http://www.datamaxcorp.com.
Scope of This Manual
This manual explains the Datamax Programming Language (DPL) and its related uses in the writing,
loading and storing of programs for the control and production of label formats using the Datamax
E4203, E4204, and E4304 printers with Application (firmware) Versions 4.06 and above. This manual
contains the following chapters and appendices.
PREFACE on page 1
Contents, organization and conventions used in this manual
CONTROL CODES on page 5
Description of the attention-getter characters necessary for the printer to receive a command
sequence, and available alternate characters and line terminators.
IMMEDIATE COMMANDS on page 7
Description of the commands, listed alphabetically, that perform status queries and printer control
commands.
SYSTEM-LEVEL COMMANDS on page 11
Description of the commands, listed alphabetically, that control the printer and allow scalable font
and image downloads.
EXTENDED SYSTEM COMMANDS on page 27
Description of the commands, listed alphabetically, that control the printer.
LABEL-FORMATTING COMMANDS on page 39
Description of commands, listed alphabetically, that control the position of text and images on the
media, print or store, and end the formatting process.
FONT-LOADING COMMANDS on page 57
Description of commands, listed alphabetically, used when downloading font data in PCL-4
compatible bit-maps.
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GENERATING LABEL FORMATS on page 59
Description of the structure of records, the different types, and their use in generating label formats.
APPENDICIES A THROUGH R on pages 71 through156
These contain details that cannot be ignored including various tables, programming examples,
printer default values, and bar code symbology details. See the Table of Contents for specific
content information.
GLOSSARY on page 157
Definitions of words, abbreviations, and acronyms used in this manual.
General Conventions
These are some of the conventions followed in this manual:
•
On the header of each page, the name of the chapter.
•
On the footer of each page, the page number and the title of the manual.
•
Names of other manuals referenced are in Italics.
•
Notes are added to bring your attention to important considerations, tips or helpful suggestions.
•
Boldface is also used to bring your attention to important information.
•
This manual refers to IBM-PC based keyboard command characters for access to the ASCII
character set. Systems based on different formats (e.g., Apple’s Macintosh) should use the
appropriate keyboard command to access the desired ASCII character. See Appendix A for the
ASCII character set.
Computer Entry and Display Conventions
Command syntax and samples are formatted as follows:
•
The Courier font in boldface indicates the DPL command syntax, and Italics are used to indicate the
command syntax parameters.
•
Regular Courier font indicates sample commands, files and printer responses.
•
Square brackets [ ] around something indicates that it is optional.
•
•
2
<CR> is used to identify the line termination character. Other strings placed between < > in this
manual represent the character of the same ASCII name, and are single-byte hexadecimal values
(e.g., <STX>, <CR>, and <0x0D> equal 02, 0D, and 0D, respectively).
Hexidecimal values are often displayed in ‘C’ programming language conventions (e.g., 0x02 = 02
hex, 0x41 = 41 hex, etc.)
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Getting to Know the Printer
The following highlights basic printer setup and control. For detailed information, including connections,
features, media loading, and operating instructions refer to the appropriate Operator’s Manual.
•
The Power Connection: Depending upon the model (see below), the printer can be connected via an
external 110, 220, or auto-ranging AC power supply. Always ensure the power supply included
with the printer is compatible with your electrical service.
E4203, E4204 and E4304
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Interface Cable Requirements: The interface between the printer and host can be either a serial RS232C cable (as shown below) or a Centronics parallel cable. When the printer is connected with
both a serial and parallel cable, it will automatically interface to the first connection that transmits
valid data. After this connection has been made, the printer’s power must cycled to change the
interface connection.
Serial Interface Cable Requirements
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Interface Cable Connection: Connect the printer using the appropriate cable, as shown below.
•
Front Panel Operation: The Front Panel consists of three lights and three dual-function buttons.
E4203, E4204 and E4304
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Normal Operating Mode: While in the normal operating mode, the printer’s buttons control
operations such as pause, feed, and cancel. The FEED button is used to clear a fault after its cause
has been removed. For testing and reset functions, combinations of the buttons must be
simultaneously pressed, as follows:
‘F’ Buttons
Function(s)
+
Prints the Internal Test Label (see the Operator’s Manual for an
example).
+
Performs a warm reset, and then returns to the normal operating mode.
+
Prints the Database Configuration and Dot Pattern Labels.
+
+
Resets the printer to factory defaults: Turn the printer ‘off’, then press
and hold the buttons while turning the printer ‘on’. Continue to depress
the buttons until the Paused Indicator turns ‘off’.
For setup and calibration functions see the Operator’s Manual.
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Control Codes
Introduction
The printer requires a special “attention getter” character in order to receive a command sequence,
informing the printer that it is about to receive a command and the type of command it will be. Control
Commands, System-Level Commands, and Font-Loading Commands have their own unique attention
getter, followed by a command character that directs printer action.
Attention Getters
The attention getters (e.g., “SOH”) are standard ASCII control labels that represent a one character
control code (i.e., ^A or Ctrl A). Appendix A contains the entire ASCII Control Code Chart.
Attention Getter For:
Immediate Commands
System-Level Commands
Font-Loading Commands
ASCII Character
Decimal Value
SOH
1
STX
2
ESC
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Table 2-1: Control Code Listings
HEX Value
01
02
1B
Alternate Control Code Modes
For systems unable to transmit certain control codes, Alternate Control Code Modes are available.
Configuring the printer to operate in an Alternate Control Code Mode (selected via the Setup Menu or
the <STX>KD / <STX>Kc commands) requires the substitution of Standard Control Characters with
Alternate Control Characters in what otherwise is a normal datastream.
Control Character
SOH
STX
CR
ESC
“Count By”[1]
1
Standard
0x01
0x02
0x0D
0x1B
0x5E
Alternate
0x5E
0x7E
0x0D
0x1B
0x40
Alternate-2
0x5E
0x7E
0x7C
0x1B
0x40
See Label-Formatting Commands, ^, set count by amount.
Table 2-2: Alternate Control Codes
Note: Throughout this manual <SOH>, <STX>, <CR>, <ESC>, and ^ will be used to indicate the
control codes. The actual values will depend on whether standard or alternate control codes
are enabled for the particular application.
Alternate Line Terminator
Alternate-2 Control Codes provide for substitution of the line terminator as well as the control characters
listed above. The line terminator <CR> (0x0D) is replaced by | (0x7C). The following is a sample label
format datastream for a printer configured for Alternate-2 Control Codes:
~L|1911A10001000101234560|X|~UT01ABCDE|~G|
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Immediate Commands
Introduction
When the printer receives an Immediate Command, its current operation will be momentarily interrupted
to respond to the command. Immediate Commands may be issued before or after System-Level
commands; however, they may not be issued among Label-Formatting Commands or during font or
image downloading. Immediate Commands consist of:
1. Attention Getter, 0x01 or 0x5E, see Control Codes.
2. Command Character
SOH #
Reset
This command resets the printer. Resetting the printer returns all settings to default and clears both
the communications and printing buffers. The command also clears DRAM memory.
Syntax:
<SOH>#
Printer response:
The printer will reset.
T<XON> (The T may come after the <XON>).
SOH A
Send ASCII Status String
This command allows the host computer to check the current printer status. The printer returns a
string of eight characters, followed by a carriage return. Each character (see below) indicates an
associated condition, either true (Y) or false (N). Byte 1 is transmitted first. See <SOH>F.
Syntax:
<SOH>A
Sample:
<SOH>A
Printer response format: abcdefgh<CR>
Where:
Possible Values
a
Y/N
b
Y/N
c
Y/N
d
Y/N
e
Y/N
f
Y/N
g
Y/N
h
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Always No
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Interpretation
=
Interpreter busy (Imaging)
=
Paper out or fault
=
Ribbon out or fault
=
Printing batch
=
Busy printing
=
Printer paused
=
Label presented
Byte Transmit Sequence
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
7
Immediate Commands
SOH B
Toggle Pause
This command toggles the printer’s paused state between on and off. (This is the same function
achieved by pressing the PAUSE Button on the front panel.)
Syntax:
<SOH>B
Sample:
<SOH>B
Printer response format: This command will illuminate the Paused Indicator, suspend printing and
wait until one of the following occurs:
The <SOH>B command is sent to the printer.
The PAUSE Button is pressed.
Upon which the printer will turn the Paused Indicator ‘off’ and resume
operation from the point of interruption. (If the Receive Buffer is not full,
an <XON> character will be transmitted from the printer.)
SOH C
Stop/Cancel
This command performs the same function as pressing the CANCEL Button on the printer’s front
panel. This function clears the current label format from the print buffer, pauses the printer and
illuminates the Paused/Stop Indicator. (The pause condition is terminated as described under
<SOH>B.)
Syntax:
SOH D
<SOH>C
SOH Shutdown
This commands the printer to ignore Immediate Commands (^A). The SOH shutdown command is
required before loading images or fonts because some may contain data sequences that could be
interpreted as Immediate Commands. After the SOH shutdown command is sent, Immediate
Commands can be turned back on by sending a valid SOH command three times, separated by a one
second delay between each command, or by manually resetting the printer. It is good practice to
check batch quantities (<SOH>E) to verify that the SOH commands are working.
Syntax:
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Immediate Commands
SOH E
Send Batch Quantity
This command causes the printer to send back a four-digit number indicating the quantity of labels
that remain to be printed in the current batch, followed by a carriage return. Communications latency
may cause this value to be higher than actual on some printers.
Syntax:
<SOH>E
Printer response:
nnnn<CR>
Where:
nnnn
SOH F
- Is four decimal digits, 0-9999.
Send Status Byte
This command instructs the printer to send a single status byte where each bit (1 or 0) represents one
of the printer’s status flags, followed by a carriage return (see below). If an option is unavailable for
the printer, the single bit will always be 0. See <SOH>A.
<SOH>F
Syntax:
Printer response format: X<CR>
Where ‘X’ is 0 through 0xef with bits as indicated in the ‘Condition’ column below:
Bit[1]
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
1
Bit one is the least significant bit.
SOH U
Value
Condition
0
1 or 0
1 or 0
1 or 0
1 or 0
1 or 0
1 or 0
1 or 0
Always zero
Label presented
Printer paused
Busy printing
Printing batch
Ribbon out or Fault
Paper out or Fault
Command interpreter busy (Imaging)
Update System Database with Current Database
This command saves the current printer configuration to Flash memory. Only those parameters stored
in Flash memory are affected. These are all the parameters that can be modified via the Setup Menu.
The values of any <STX> System Commands issued prior to <SOH>U and affecting printer
configuration items will also be saved. See the <SOH># command, above, for details on what events
occur during a reset.
Syntax:
<SOH>U
Printer response:
The printer will reset.
<XON>T (The T may come before the <XON>).
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System-Level Commands
Introduction
The most commonly used commands are the System-Level Commands. These are used to load and store
graphic information, in addition to printer control. System-Level Commands are used to override default
parameter values (fixed and selectable) and may be used before or after Immediate Commands but cannot
be issued among Label-Formatting Commands. System-Level Commands consist of:
1. Attention Getter, 0x02 or 0x7E, see Control Codes.
2. Command Character
3. Parameters (if any).
STX A
Set Time and Date
This command sets the time and date. The initial setting of the date will be stored in the printer’s
internal inch counter. This date can be verified by printing a Configuration Label.
<STX>AwmmddyyyyhhMMjjj
Syntax:
Where:
w
mm
dd
yyyy
hh
MM
jjj
1 digit for day of week; 1 = Monday; 7 = Sunday
2 digits for month
2 digits for day
4 digits for year
2 digits for hour in 24 hour format
2 digits for minutes
3 digits for Julian date (numerical day of the year) / constant; see notes below
Sample:
<STX>A1020319960855034
Printed response:
Mon. Feb 3, 1996, 8:55AM, 034
Notes: (1) When set to 000, the Julian date is automatically calculated; otherwise, the Julian date
will print as that entered number, without daily increments. If factory defaults are
restored the actual Julian date will also be restored.
(2) Printers without the Real Time Clock option lose the set time/date when power is
removed.
(3) Response format is variable; see the Special Label-Formatting Command <STX>T.
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STX a
Enable Feedback Characters
This command enables the feedback ASCII hex characters to be returned from the printer following
specific events after each completed batch of labels when using serial communications. The default
value is ‘Off’.
Syntax:
<STX>a
Printer response:
Event dependent. (Also, see Appendix D for error codes.)
Where:
Event
Invalid character
Label printed
End of batch
STX B
Return Characters
0x07 ( BEL )
0x1E ( RS )
0x1F ( US )
Get Printer Time and Date Information
This command instructs the printer to retrieve its internal time and date information.
Syntax:
<STX>B
Sample:
<STX>B
Printer response format: wmmddyyyyhhMMjjj<CR>
Where:
w
mm
dd
yyyy
hh
MM
jjj
1 digit for day of week; 1 = Monday
2 digits for month
2 digits for day
4 digits for year
2 digits for hour in 24 hour format
2 digits for minutes
3 digits for Julian date / constant*
* See <STX>A for details and restrictions.
Printer response sample: 1020319960855034<CR>
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System-Level Commands
STX c
Set Continuous Paper Length
This command sets the label size for applications using continuous media. It disables the top-of-form
function performed by the Media Sensor. The sensor, however, continues to monitor paper-out
conditions. See <STX>M.
Syntax:
<STX>cnnnn
Where:
nnnn
Sample:
<STX>c0100
-
Specifies the length of the media feed for each label format, in
inches/100 or millimeters/10 (see <STX>m).
This sample sets a label length of 100, which equals 1.00 inch (assuming Imperial Mode is selected).
Note: This command must be reset to zero for edge or reflective sensing operation. Pre-printed
media cannot be used with a continuous paper length because print registration will be lost.
STX d
Set Double Buffer Mode
This command, available for backward compatiblity, enables double buffer mode. When printing
labels with incrementing, decrementing and replacement fields (see note below) the printer will only
erase and format those fields, leaving the rest of the label format untouched, and thus increasing
throughput. This command is only active if the labels being printed are less than half the maximum
size of the print buffer (see <STX>S).
<STX>d
Syntax:
Note: This command is generally not used because fast formatting is the normal operating mode
when the number of variable print fields (Label-Formatting commands +, -, <, >, u) is less
than or equal to 1/3 of the total print field count. In this case the command will force fast
formatting even when the proportion of variable print fields is greater than 1/3 the total. The
maximum label size is unaffected by this command. The <STX>s command restores
normal (fast) formatting.
STX E
Set Quantity For Stored Label
This command sets a number of labels for printing using the format currently in the print buffer. (The
printer automatically stores the most recent format received in the buffer until the printer is reset or
power is removed.) When used in conjunction with the <STX>G command, this will print the labels.
Syntax:
<STX>Ennnn
Where:
nnnn
Sample:
<STX>E0025
<STX>G
Printer response:
25 labels of the current format in memory will be printed.
- A four-digit quantity, including leading zeros.
Note: This command may be issued prior to a label format without a specified quantity, Qnnnnn.
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STX e
Select Edge Sensor
This command enables transmissive (see-through) sensing for top-of-form detection of die-cut, and
holed or notched media. This Media Sensor will detect a minimum gap of 0.1 inches (2.54 mm)
between labels (see the Operator’s Manual for media requirements). Use the <STX>O command to
adjust the print position. This is the printer default setting at power-up or reset.
<STX>e
Syntax:
Note: This command is ignored when <STX>cnnnn is issued with a non-zero value for nnnn.
STX F
Form Feed
This commands the printer to form feed to the next start of print.
Syntax:
<STX>F
Printer response:
The printer will form feed.
Note: Following a reset, if the length of the first label fed is less than the label offset value
(defined by the <STX>O command) the printer will advance past that label until a top-ofform is detected, or until the offset is reached,skipping labels as necessary, unless Label
Alignment is enabled.
STX f
Set Form Stop Position (Backfeed Command)
This sets the stop position of the printed label, allowing the label to stop at a point past the start-ofprint position. When the next label format is sent, the printer motor reverses direction to retract the
media to the start-of-print position. If quantities of more than one label are requested, the printer will
operate without backfeeding. A backfeed will then only occur when printing has stopped for a few
seconds.
Syntax:
<STX>fnnn
Where:
nnn
Sample:
<STX>f230
- Is a three-digit distance from the Media Sensor, in inches/100 or
mm/10. This distance is independent of the start-of-print position
(<STX>O), yet it must be greater than the start-of-print position to
take effect.
The sample sets a stop position distance of 230 (2.3 inches from the Media Sensor’s eye).
STX G
Print Last Label Format
This command prints a previously formatted label and restarts a canceled batch job following the last
processed label. This is used when there is a label format in the buffer. The <STX>E command is
used to enter the quantity. (If the <STX>E command is not used only one label will print.)
Syntax:
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STX I
Image Downloading
This command must precede image downloading from a host computer to the printer. The data that
immediately follows the command string will be image data. If any of the 8-bit input formats are to
be used, it is necessary to disable the Immediate Command interpreter by executing an <SOH>D
command before issuing the <STX>I command. See Appendix M for more information. To print an
image, see Generating Label Formats.
Note: The native format for storing downloaded PCX and BMP images is RLE-2. This results in a
better compression ratio for gray-scale images and for images with very large areas with
either black or white, effectively resulting in more module space for downloaded images.
Syntax:
<STX>Iabfnn…n<CR>data
Where:
a
- Memory Module Bank Selection, A, B, or C; see Appendix J.
b
- Data Type (optional), A or omit.
b Value:
A
omitted
f
- Format Designator
f Designator:
F
B
b
I
i
P
p
R
Sample:
Image Data Value Range:
ASCII Characters 0-9, A-F, (7 bit)
00-FF, (8 bit)
Format Type:
7-bit Datamax image load file
.BMP 8-bit format (image flipped), black and
white (B&W)
.BMP 8-bit format (image as received), B&W
.IMG 8-bit format (image flipped), B&W
.IMG 8-bit format (image as received), B&W
.PCX 8-bit format (image flipped), B&W
.PCX 8-bit format (image as received), B&W
RLE-2 Native format
nn…n
- Up to 16 characters used as an image name.
<CR>
-
data
- Image data
0x0d terminates the name.
<SOH>D
<STX>IApTest <CR>
data...data <CR>
The sample instructs the printer to (1) receive an 8-bit PCX image sent by the host in an 8-bit data
format, (2) name the image ‘Test’, and (3) store it in memory module A.
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STX i
Scalable Font Downloading
The command structure for downloading both IntelliFont (.CDI) and TrueType (.TTF) scalable fonts
(font files may be single-byte or double-byte character systems) is as follows:
Syntax:
<STX>imtnnName<CR>xx…xdata…
Where:
m
- Memory Module Designator to save this font to; see Appendix J.
t
- Type of scalable font being downloaded:
I = IntelliFont
T = TrueType
nn
- Two-digit font reference ID. Valid range is 50-99, 9A-9Z, 9a-9z,
(base 62 numbers).
Name
- The title, up to 16 characters, for this font.
<CR>
- 0x0d terminates the Name.
xx…x
- Eight-digit size of the font data, number of bytes, hexadecimal,
padded with leading zeros.
data
- The scalable font data.
<STX>iET52Tree Frog<CR>000087C2data...
Sample:
This sample downloads a TrueType font to module ‘A’, assigns it the font ID of 52 and the name
“Tree Frog”. The size of the font data is 0x87C2 bytes.
STX J
Set Pause for Each Label
This command causes the printer to pause after printing each label and is intended for use with the
peel mechanism or tear bar when the Present Sensor option is not installed. After removing the label,
the PAUSE Button must be pushed in order to print the next label. (The printer must be reset to clear
the <STX >J command.)
<STX>J
Syntax:
STX k
Test RS-232 Port
This command instructs the printer to transmit the character Y from the printer’s RS-232 port.
(Failure to receive a ‘Y’ could indicate an interfacing problem.)
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Syntax:
<STX>k
Printer response:
Y
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STX L
Enter Label-Formatting Command Mode
This command switches the printer to the Label-Formatting Command mode. Once in this mode, the
printer expects to receive Record Structures and Label-Formatting Commands. Immediate, SystemLevel, and Font-Loading commands will be ignored until the label-formatting mode is terminated
with E, s, or X, (see Label-Formatting Commands for additional information).
Syntax:
STX M
<STX>L
Set Maximum Label Length
This command instructs the printer move media this distance in search of the top-of-form (label edge,
notch, black mark, etc.) before declaring a paper fault. A paper fault condition can occur if this
setting is too close (within 0.1 inch [2.54 mm]) to the physical length of the label. Therefore, it is
good practice to set this command to 2.5 to 3 times the actual label length used. The minimum value
should be at least 5” (127 mm).
Syntax:
<STX>Mnnnn
Where:
nnnn
Sample:
<STX>M0500
- Is a four-digit length, 0000-9999, in/100 or mm/10. Maximum
setting is 9999 (99.99 inches or 2540 mm). The default setting is
16 inches/ 406.4 mm
The sample sets a maximum travel distance of 5 inches (unless printer is in metric mode, see
<STX>m).
STX m
Set Metric Mode
This command sets the printer to interpret measurements as metric values (e.g., <STX>c0100 will
equal 10.0 mm). The default is Imperial (inches) Mode (see <STX>n).
Syntax:
STX n
<STX>m
Set Imperial (Inches) Mode
This command sets the printer to interpret measurements as imperial values (e.g., <STX>c0100 will
equal 1.00 inch). The printer defaults to this mode.
Syntax:
<STX>n
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STX O
Set Start of Print Position
This sets the point to begin printing relative to the top-of-form (the label’s edge as detected by the
Media Sensor). The printer will feed from the top of form to the value specified in this command to
begin printing. This value operates independently of the <STX>f command.
Syntax:
<STX>Onnnn
Where:
nnnn
Sample:
<STX>O0300
- Is a four-digit offset value. The “zero” setting is the default value,
and settings below 50 are adjusted back to the default value. The
default setting is 0220 in Imperial Mode (0559 in metric).
The sample sets a start of print position of 3.0 inches (unless in Metric Mode, see <STX>m).
STX o
Cycle Cutter
This command will cause the (optional) cutter mechanism to immediately perform a cut after all
previously received commands are executed. The cutter must be installed, enabled and the interlock
closed for operation.
Syntax:
STX P
<STX>o
Character (Hex) Dump Mode
This command instructs the printer to enter the Character Hex Dump Mode (also known as ASCII
dump or monitor mode). Data sent to the printer following this command will be printed in raw
ASCII format. Labels must be at least four inches (102 mm) long and as wide as the maximum print
width. This command has the same effect as turning the printer ‘On’ while pressing the FEED
Button; however, no Configuration/Test Pattern label is printed. To return to normal operation the
printer must be manually reset.
Syntax:
STX p
<STX>P
Controlled Pause
This command will cause the printer to pause only after all previously received commands are
executed. This controlled pause is often useful between batches of labels. (This command will not
clear the pause condition, see <SOH>B).
Syntax:
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STX Q
Clear All Modules
This command instructs the printer to clear all Flash and DRAM modules (see the Operator’s
Manual of the corresponding printer for applicable memory options). All stored data will be
destroyed.
Syntax:
STX q
<STX>Q
Clear Module
This command clears the selected Flash or DRAM module. If a module is corrupted during normal
operations (identifiable when the printer responds with a ‘No Modules Available’ message to a
<STX>W command), it must be cleared. All stored data in the selected module will be destroyed.
Syntax:
<STX>qa
Where:
a
Sample:
<STX>qA
- Memory module designator, A – C; see Appendix J.
The above sample clears memory module A.
Notes: (1) If a module directory intermittently returns the message ‘No Modules Available’ or if
data continuously becomes corrupted, the module may be at the end of its service.
However, before concluding that a module is defective cycle the printer’s power and test
the module.
(2) Some Flash Memory Expansion options must have jumpers installed to perform this
command.
STX r
Select Reflective Sensor
This command enables reflective (black mark) sensing for top-of-form detection of rolled butt-cut,
and fan-fold or tag stocks with reflective marks on the underside. This Media Sensor will detect a
minimum mark of 0.1 inches (2.54 mm) between labels (see the Operators Manual for media
requirements). The end of the black mark determines the top of form. Use the <STX>O command to
adjust the print position.
Syntax:
<STX>r
Default:
Edge sensing
STX S
Set Feed Speed
This command controls the rate at which media is output when the FEED Button is pressed.
Syntax:
<STX>Sn
Where:
n
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STX s
Set Single Buffer Mode
This command, available for backward compatiblity, instructs the printer to use single buffer
operation. In single buffer mode, the printer will erase and format all fields. This, in turn, decreases
printer throughput when incremental, decremental, or replacement fields are used (see LabelFormatting Commands). See <STX>d.
<STX>s
Syntax:
STX T
Print Dot Pattern Label
This command instructs the printer to produce a Dot Pattern Label, a label comprised of differnet
patterns that exercise the printhead. This is the same test label printed when powering on the printer
while pressing the FEED Button, except that the printer will not produce a Configuration Label or
enter the Hex Dump Mode. To view the full dot pattern use media at least 2 inches (51 mm) long and
as wide as the maximum print width.
<STX>T
Syntax:
Printer response:
STX t
Test DRAM Memory Module
This command tests the DRAM module; however, the printer must be in Test Mode for the command
to function. The printer returns a one-line message stating the module condition (no message is
returned if a module is unavailable). To enable the Test Mode see the <STX>KD command.
Syntax:
<STX>t
Printer response format: axxxK results<CR>
Where:
20
a
- 2 = Slot B
xxx
- Module size in Kbytes
results
- Test results given as ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’.
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STX U
Label Format String Replacement Field
This command places new label data into format fields to build a label. The new data string must
equal the original string length and contain valid data. To easily keep track of fields, place all of the
fields to be updated with the command at the beginning of the label format. A maximum of 99 format
fields can be updated. Fields are numbered consecutively 01 to 99 in the order received.
A variant of the <STX>U command includes the truncate option ‘T’, where dynamic data that is
shorter that the originally defined field length will not be padded, and the original maximum field
length is maintained for subsequent replacements. If this option is not used when dynamic data is
shorter than the length of the originally defined data field, the field will be padded with blanks (or
zero when the Format Record header specifies a numeric barcode).
Syntax:
<STX>U[T]nnss…s<CR>
Where:
nn
- Is the format field number, 2 digits.
[T]
- Truncate option
ss…s
- Is the new string data, followed by a <CR>
Sample:
<STX>L
161100001000100data field 1<CR>
161100001100110data field 2<CR>
161100001200120data field 3<CR>
Q0001
E
<STX>U01New data F1<CR>
<STX>U02New data F2<CR>
<STX>E0002
<STX>G
The sample produces three labels. The first is formatted with the commands between <STX>L and E.
The next two labels print with the replacement data contained in the <STX>U commands (see
<STX>E and <STX>G).
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STX V
Software Switch Settings
This command allows the control of printer options, where the appropriate value allows the option(s)
to be turned ‘On’ or ‘Off’. Each option has a corresponding bit whose value is 1 when enabled. The
tables below indicate the bit assignments and corresponding command value needed to enable the
desired option(s).
Syntax:
<STX>Vn
Where:
n
Sample:
<STX>V5
- Is a single digit ASCII numeric value from 0-F. The value of n is
used to override the power-up option settings. Reset or power-up
returns the printer to the original settings.
The sample corresponds to setting Bits 0 and 2, creating a command value of 5. When applied, this
enables the Present Sensor and Cutter options.
Bit Assignment
0
1
2
3
Printer Option
Cutter
N/A
Present Sensor
N/A
Use the bit assignment table above to determine the command value n in the binary table below (e.g.,
the command value 5 sets the bits 0 and 2 to “1”).
n Value
0
1
4
5
STX v
Command Values for Bits Assigned
Bit
3
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
Request Firmware Version
This command causes the printer to send its version string (this data is the same as that printed on the
Configuration Label).
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Syntax:
<STX>v
Printer response:
VER: E4304 – 04.06 09/01/2001
<CR>
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STX W
Request Memory Module Information
This command requests a directory listing for memory module(s). Although a module can store font,
image and format data together, it can display only one type of information at a time. If the module
contains all three types of data, it will be necessary to check the directory three times, using each of
the control parameters, F, G, and L to determine the contents. When no user accessible modules are
present, there is no printer response to <STX>WF, WG or WL.
Syntax:
<STX>Wa
Where:
a
- Data type:
F
G
L
f
Sample:
=
=
=
=
Downloaded Font
Graphic (Image)
Label
All fonts (respective of the resident fonts available and
any fonts that have been downloaded).
<STX>Wf
Printer response:
Meaning:
MODULE: A<CR>
Module ID ‘A’, fonts following reside in this module
103 CG Triumv <CR> Downloaded font ID and name
MODULE: F<CR>
Module ID ‘F’ (no user access), fonts following reside in this
module
000 <CR>
Font internal ID 000, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 0
001 <CR>
Font internal ID 001, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 1
002 <CR>
Font internal ID 002, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 2
003 <CR>
Font internal ID 003, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 3
004 <CR>
Font internal ID 004, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 4
005 <CR>
Font internal ID 005, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 5
006 <CR>
Font internal ID 006, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 6
007 <CR>
Font internal ID 007, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 7
008 <CR>
Font internal ID 008, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 8
012 <CR>
Font internal ID 012, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 9, A06
013 <CR>
Font internal ID 013, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 9, A08
014 <CR>
Font internal ID 014, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 9, A16
015 <CR>
Font internal ID 015, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 9, A12
016 <CR>
Font internal ID 016, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 9, A14
017 <CR>
Font internal ID 017, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 9, A18
018 <CR>
Font internal ID 018, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 9, A24
019 <CR>
Font internal ID 019, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 9, A30
020 <CR>
Font internal ID 020, resident bitmapped font DPL ID 9, A36
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STX w
Test Flash Memory Module
This command tests the Flash memory module. The time for each test will vary from 20 to 120
seconds, depending upon the size of the module. (When testing the optional module, jumpers must be
installed.) All stored data will be destroyed. If no module is present, there will be no printer
response.
Syntax:
<STX>wa
Where:
a
- Module designator; see Appendix J.
Printer response format: Module A: xxxxK results
Where:
A
- Module tested.
xxxx
- Module size in kilobytes.
results - Test results given as ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’.
STX X
Set Default Module
This command, typically used prior to the loading of PCL-4 bit-mapped fonts (see Font-Loading
Commands), is designed to allow the user to select between modules when downloading information.
The default module is one of the following:
1. The first alpha designator of the existing modules if item 2 has not occurred.
2. The module selected by this command.
Syntax:
<STX>Xa
Where:
a
Sample:
<STX>XB
- Module designator, A or B; see Appendix J.
The sample sets ‘B’ as the default module.
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STX x
Delete File from Module
This command removes a specific file from the specified module. The file name is removed from the
module directory and thus the file cannot be accessed. The actual storage space occupied by the file
is not released. (To reclaim deleted file storage space use <STX>z.)
Syntax:
<STX>xmtnn…n<CR>
Where:
m
- Module designator; see Appendix J.
t
- The file type identification code:
G
L
F
S
nn…n
STX Y
=
=
=
=
Image file
Label format file
Bit-Mapped font file
Smooth scalable font file
- The file name to delete, up to sixteen alphanumeric characters for
graphic or label format files, 3 for bit-mapped font files, and 2 for
smooth scalable font files.
Output Sensor Values
This command causes the printer to respond with its sensor value status. The printer must be in Test
Mode (see the <STX>KD command). When <STX>Y is received, the printer will respond with A-D
sensor values, see below. To repeat the display of values, send the printer a ‘space character’ (20
hexadecimal). Send <ESC> to terminate the function.
Syntax:
<STX>Y
Printer response:
Thermistor ADC: 0048
Paperout ADC: 0000
TOF Adjust ADC: 0170
Where:
Reflective ADC: 0000
Transmissive ADC: 0204
24 Volt ADC: 0217
Contrast ADC: 0093
Ribbon ADC: 0125
Battery level: Good
<CR>
Paperout ADC: 0225 indicates paper is present;
0000 indicates paper is not present.
Battery level:
‘Good’ indicates the battery has sufficient charge;
‘Low’ indicates the battery is insufficiently charged
Note: Some readings (e.g., the Media Sensor) require printer controlled paper movement to
indicate a meaningful value.
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STX y
Select Font Symbol Set
This command selects the scalable font symbol set. The selected symbol set remains active until
another symbol set is selected. See Appendices E, I, and the <STX>KS command for more
information. Option dependant. Not all symbol sets can be used with all fonts.
Syntax:
<STX>ySxx
Where:
S
- Byte size designation, see Appendix H.
S = Single-byte symbol sets
U = Double-byte symbol sets
xx
- Symbol set selection.
Sample:
<STX>ySPM
The sample selects the PC-850 multilingual set.
STX Z
Print Configuration and Dot Pattern Labels
This command prints Configuration and Dot Pattern Labels. The results are similar to performing the
power-up self-test, but the printer does not enter Hex Dump Mode. To capture all printed
information, use the labels as wide as the maximum print width and at least 4 inches (102mm) long.
<STX>Z
Syntax:
Printer response:
FRI SEPTEMBER 026, 1997 19:29 244
VER: E4304 - 04.06 08/24/01
BOOT 83-2329-04A
CODE 83-2325-04F
FONT 83-2337-01A
CPLD 59-2157-01C
SYSTEM RAM CHECKS____ GOOD
SYSTEM RAM SIZE___ 2016 KBYTES
SYSTEM RAM AVAIL__ 1264 KBYTES
REG POWER SUPPLY__ NO
DIRECT THERMAL
COMMUNICATIONS NOT DETECTED
9600,8,N
EDGE
SOP ADJUST________ 128
PRESENT ADJUST____ 128
TOF LOW___________
0
TOF DELTA_________ 10
TOF GAIN__________ 10
OOS MAXVOLT_______
2
INPUT VALUES
PAPER_____________
DARKNESS__________
TRAN______________
REFL______________
RIBM______________
THR_______________
24V_______________
COUNTER INFORMATION
ABSOLUTE VALUES 9-18-1999
LENGTH____
773 INCHES
TIME______
20 HOURS
RESETTABLE VALUES 9-22-1999
LENGTH____
576 INCHES
TIME______
10 HOURS
255
131
255
149
87
48
223
MEMORY CONFIGURATION
INTERNAL MODULE______ 128
SCALABLE FONTS_______
64
LABEL SIZE
0410:02218 IN
STX z
Pack Module
This command causes the printer to reclaim all storage space associated with all deleted files on the
specified module (see <STX>X and <STX>x).
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Syntax:
<STX>zm
Where:
m
- Module designator; see Appendix J.
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Introduction
Extended System Commands expand certain System-Level Commands, providing extra printer control.
Extended System Commands are issued in the same context as System-Level Commands. The table below
lists the commands.
Command
<STX>K Command Character
b
Backfeed Time Delay
C
Get Configuration
c
Set Configuration
D
Database Configuration
E
Character Encoding
f
Set Present Distance
M
Memory Configuration, Internal Module
Q
Query Memory Configuration
R
Reset Memory Configuration
r
Reset Resettable Counters
S
Memory Configuration, Scalable Font Cache
W
Memory Configuration, Printable Label Width
Table 5-1: Extended System Command Characters
STX K
Memory Configuration
This command configures the available DRAM as a method for managing printer memory. The
DRAM memory includes standard DRAM. Memory can be assigned to specific entities or functions
in units of 4KB blocks. The allocation(s) as set by this command, draw from the same memory pool,
control the sizes of internal Module A, Scalable Cache, and label width. The command indirectly
affects maximum print length and label throughput; see note below. The printer executes the memory
configuration specified by the command during the next idle period following its receipt, and is
stored in Flash memory then reinstated upon a power-up or reset. If the total requested memory
allocation exceeds the configurable memory available, contains no fields, or for configurations not
specified, the command will be rejected and the printer will assume its previous configuration. Any
of the three fields are optional, and are separated by the colon. Brackets indicate optional fields.
Syntax:
<STX>Kix[:jy][:kz]<CR>
Sample:
<STX>KM0020:S0015<CR>
In the sample, memory is allocated 20*4*1024 bytes for Module A space and 15*4*1024 bytes for
the scalable cache.
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Where: i, j, k are M, S, or W; x, y, z are four-digit maximum numbers of 4K byte blocks or
inches/100 or (mm/10) as described below.
M
Represents the start of a sequence (up to five characters) that assigns memory to the
Internal Module A. If this field does not appear, then the Internal Module is not
affected. If no Internal Module exists, it will be created and formatted. Existing
Internal Modules will be erased, re-sized and formatted. The number that follows the
M is a decimal number (up to four digits) that specifies the size in 4KB blocks of
memory to assign to the Internal Module. A value of “0000” will delete the Internal
Module (see Appendix J for additional information).
S
Represents the start of a sequence (up to five characters) that assigns the amount of
internal memory allocated to the smooth scalable font processor. This field is optional;
if it does not appear, the current amount of memory assigned to the smooth scalable
font processor will remain unchanged. The allocation must be at least 15 (60KB) to
print scalable fonts, and at least 30 for double-byte fonts. The number that follows the
S is a decimal number (up to four digits) that specifies the size in 4 KB blocks to
assign to the smooth scalable font processor. Any value less than the minimum
requirement results in the amount assigned to be zero (0), thereby disabling the
printing of smooth scalable fonts. The recommended value is 0025 (100KB).
W
Represents the start of a sequence (up to five characters) that sets the printable label
width. Setting a width smaller than the natural (maximum) width of the printer
effectively extends printable label length. This field is optional; if it does not appear,
the current printable label width is left unchanged. The number that follows the W is a
decimal number (up to four digits) that specifies the printable label width in either
100ths of an inch or millimeters, depending on the current units setting of the printer
(imperial or metric). If the value specified exceeds the printable width of the printer,
the printable label width is set to the maximum. If the value specified is less than the
minimum value allowed (200) then the printable label width is set to the minimum
allowed value.
Note: Label printing requirements may be computed as bytes (label print length * width allocation
* printhead resolution / 8). For maximum throughput, the memory allocated should allow
for a minimum of three times the computed requirement, or the available label length (as
determined by <STX>KQ command) should be three times the label print length.
STX Kb
Backfeed Time Delay
The backfeed time delay command controls the time a printed label is allowed to remain “presented”
before being retracted to the start of print position.
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Syntax:
<STX>Kbnnn<CR>
Where:
nnn
- Seconds/10
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STX KC
Get Configuration
This command returns the configuration of the printer. The form of the returned data is similar to that
of a Configuration Label. This command should be parsed by KEYWORDS, not Character
POSITIONS. Each line is terminated by a CR (0x0d) & LF (0x0a). Datamax will make every effort
to keep Keyword consistent.
<STX>KC<CR>
Syntax:
Printer response:
XXX NOT SET
00, 0000 00:22 000
VER: E4304 - 04.06 08/24/01
BOOT 83-2329-04A
CODE 83-2325-04F
FONT 83-2337-01A
CPLD 59-2157-01C
INTERNAL FLASH MODULE PRESENT
SYSTEM RAM CHECKS____ GOOD
SYSTEM RAM SIZE___ 2015 KBYTES
SYSTEM RAM AVAIL__ 1244 KBYTES
REG POWER SUPPLY__ YES
CONFIGURATION
DIRECT THERMAL
SERIAL PORT SELECTED
9600;8 BITS
EDGE
CONT FORM LENGTH__
0
PRESENT ADJUST____ 127
SOP ADJUST________ 127
TOF LOW___________
0 0
TOF DELTA_________
10 10
TOF GAIN__________
12 10
OOS MAXVOLT_______
3 3
LABEL ALIGNMENT___ AUTO
STX Kc
ALIGN LENGTH______ 460
STOP LOCATION_____ PEEL
INPUT VALUES
PAPER_____________
0
POT_______________ 255
TRAN______________ 250
REFL______________
0
RIBN______________ 116
TEMP______________ 52
VOLT______________ 214
COUNTER INFORMATION
ABSOLUTE VALUES
1- 1-1995
LENGTH____
2065 INCHES
TIME______
62 HOURS
RESETABLE VALUES 1- 1-1995
LENGTH____
2065 INCHES
TIME______
62 HOURS
MEMORY CONFIGURATION
INTERNAL MODULE______
15
SCALABLE FONTS_______
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LABEL SIZE
0416:02157 IN
END OF LIST
Set Configuration
This command, equivalent to using other system commands followed by the <SOH>U and intended
for easily configuring a custom setup not dynamic configuration changes, specifies the Power-up
Configuration parameter values for the printer. The printer will reset upon completion of a command
stream containing parameter value (e.g., memory configuration, label width, etc.) changes; no
commands should be sent until this reset is complete. The following are highlights of this command:
•
These parameter values do not affect the factory default settings of the printer.
•
When separated by a semi-colon (;), multiple parameter values included in a single command
stream.
•
All values are stored in Flash memory and remain in effect until new values are received or until
factory defaults are restored.
•
If system commands are sent that override the Power-up Configuration value(s), the Power-up
Configuration value(s) will be restored the next time the printer is powered ‘on’ or reset.
•
The parameters are the same as those found in the Setup Menu.
Note: Illegal or out of range parameter values may have unpredictable results.
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Syntax:
<STX>Kcaa1val1[;aaIvalI][;aanvaln]<CR>
Where:
aa1, aaI, aan
- Are two letter parameter names
val1, valI, valn - Are parameter values, with ranges appropriate for
the associated parameter
Sample:
<STX>KcPA120;CL600;STC<CR>
The sample sets the Present Adjust to 120 dots, the Continuous Label Length to 6 inches, and the
Media Sensor Type to Continuous.
The following table summarizes the different Set Configuration Command parameters. Descriptions
of these parameters can be found by referencing the Command Equivalent. Where no equivalent is
given, Unique parameters descriptions are given below.
Parameter
Name
Parameter
Pneumonic
Continuous Label Length
Configuration Query
Control Codes
Cutter Equip
CL
QQQ
CC
CE
Internal Module A
Label Alignment
Label Alignment Length
Label Width
No Paper Min (OOS)
No Paper Min Reflective
Print Method
Present Adjust
Present Sensor Enable
IM
LA
AL
LW
TN
RN
MT
PA
PS
Scalable Cache
Sensor Type
SC
ST
Serial Port Configuration
SOP Adjust
Stop Location
TOF Bias
TOF Bias Reflective
TOF Delta
TOF Delta Reflective
TOF Gain
TOF Gain Reflective
SP
SA
SL
TB
RB
TD
RD
TG
RG
Setup
Command
Menu
Equivalent
Item
0 – 9999
1/100 in.
10
<STX>c
none
none
N/A
N/A
S, 1, 2
Standard, Alternate, Alternate-2
9
<STX>KD
Y, N
Enabled, Disabled
4
<STX>KD,
<STX>V
0 – 128
4 KB
17
<STX>KM
Y, N, A
Enabled, Disabled, Automatic
18
N/A
000 – 999
1/100 inch
19
N/A
75 - head width
1/100 inch
15
<STX>KM
0 – 16
.1 Volt DC
11
N/A
0 – 16
.1 Volt DC
11
N/A
D, T
Direct, Thermal Transfer
1
<STX>KD
0 – 255
Dots
6
N/A
Y, N
Enabled, Disabled
3
<STX>KD,
<STX>V
0 – 128
4 KB (0 = disabled)
16
<STX>KS
G, C, R
Gap (Edge), Continuous,
2
<STX>e,
Reflective
<STX>r,
<STX>KD
A
See details below
7, 8
<STX>KD
0 – 255
Dots
5
N/A
H, P, C, T, N Host, Peel, Cut, Cover, None
20
N/A
0 – 50
.1 Volt DC
14
N/A
0 – 50
.1 Volt DC
14
N/A
0 – 50
.1 Volt DC
13
N/A
0 – 50
.1 Volt DC
13
N/A
0 – 15
.1 Volt DC
12
N/A
0 – 15
.1 Volt DC
12
N/A
Value
Range
Units /
Interpretation
Table 5-2: Set Configuration Commands
Configuration Query – This command causes the printer to respond with the current
configuration settings. The <STX>Kc response command stream format is sent to the host
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computer via the serial port, contains all parameters controlled by the <STX>Kc command, and
may be used for restoring the printer’s configuration or for configuring other printers. Media
sensing scaling values, TOF Bias, etc. may not be effective on other printers of the same type
due to hardware tolerances.
Label Alignment – This function prevents labels with lengths that are less than the distance
between the printhead and the Media Sensor from being wasted at power-up. See the
appropriate Operator’s Manual for detailed information.
Note: The Real Time Clock (RTC) option allows the position-state of the label to be stored,
thus eliminating the need for an alignment prior to the printing of the first label
(assuming the label position has not moved while power was off). If the label stock has
been changed then a Forced Alignment (the FEED Button is pressed and held for four
seconds) is recommended.
Media Type,
Operation Mode
Continuous stock; 6.5” or
greater die-cut, notched and
reflective stocks; multiple
form lengths
6.5” or less die-cut, notched
and reflective stocks
Label
Alignment
Setting
Disabled
Automatic
Enabled
6.5” or less die-cut, notched
and reflective stocks with
the Present Sensor enabled
Automatic
Description
At power-up, printing will begin at the current label position
without any alignment (unless the RTC option is installed).
Use for easy label length changes, and to automatically set the
maximum label length. Press and hold the FEED Button four
seconds and the printer will automatically measure the label
length. Once loaded and aligned subsequent power-ups will
result in no wasted labels.
Use for constant label lengths. Specify the Label Alignment
Length using the <STX>KcAL command or the Setup Menu.
Press and hold the FEED Button four seconds, or toggle
printer power, then the printer will align with the specified
length.
This mode of operation requires a Label Alignment Length or
that Label Alignment be set to AUTO. If either of these
conditions is not met, the printer will not perform the
alignment.
Label Alignment Length – This length, measured from leading edge to leading edge of two
successive labels, must be provided to the nearest hundredth of an inch. The number of labels
that can be fit between the Media Sensor and the printhead will magnify any error in label
alignment length. Errors are more favorable on the low side than on the high side.
Media Type – Sets printing for either direct thermal media or thermal transfer media.
No Paper Min / No Paper Min Reflective – Sets the Media Sensor reading for the Out Of Stock
condition.
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Present Adjust – Fine-tunes the label stop position (see notes below).
Serial Port Configuration – This command is followed by the port ID, always ‘A’ (i.e., SPA)
then by the configuration parameter and value of Baud or Data Bits:
Baud Rate – The SPABnn command sets the baud rate for the printer serial port, where nn
may be any of the following:
Bnn
12
24
48
96
19
38
Baud Rate (Bits Per Second)
1200
2400
4800
9600
19200
38400
Sample: <STX>KcSPAB38<CR>
The above sample sets the printer serial port baud rate to 38400 BPS (the host computer
communications setup is expected to be the same) and has the same effect as using the Setup
Menu.
Data Bits – The <STX>KcSPADn command selects either 7 or 8 data bits, where n may be
either of the following:
Dn
7
8
Data bits (word length)
7
8
Sample: <STX>KcSPAD8<CR>
The above sample sets the printer serial port to receive eight-bit words (the host computer
communications setup is expected to be the same) and has the same effect as using the Setup
Menu.
SOP Adjust – Fine-tunes the label Start Of Print position (see note below).
Stop Location – Configures the printer for all standard label present positions, as follows:
Setting
Host
Peel
Cut
Cover
None
Note:
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Stop Location
Provides backward compatibility for users engaging the cutter or Present Sensor to
achieve present distances. The stop location (present distance) may be controlled
dynamically by the host using the <STX>f or <STX>Kf commands. This selection
has the same effect as <STX>KD Ignore Host Distance bit value 0.
Sets the stop location to approximately 2 mm behind the peel bar edge, a nominal
peel position. The Present Sensor status and this setting are independent.
Sets the stop location to a nominal cut position. For die-cut media, the position is just
following the end of the label. The cutter status and this setting are independent.
Sets the stop location to that of the tear bar on the printer cover.
Sets the stop location to the start of the next label, equivalent to setting the
<STX>KD Ignore Host Distance bit value 1.
The Peel, Cut, Cover, and None settings prevent host commands from affecting start
of print (<STX>O) and stop position (<STX>f, <STX>Kf) commands from being
honored. All stop locations can be adjusted with PRESENT ADJUST.
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TOF Bias / TOF Bias Reflective – Manual entry for the control of the minimum voltage required
to detect the label.
TOF Delta / TOF Delta Reflective – Manual entry for the control of the low level voltage
difference level to recognize a label “gap” or “mark.”
TOF Gain / TOF Gain Reflective – Manual entry for the control of the voltage to the LED
emitter of the Media Sensor.
STX KD
Database Configuration
This command, stored in Flash memory and retained for future power-ups, controls the printer’s
environment and operates as a pseudo DIP switch.
Syntax:
<STX>KDwxyz<CR>
Where:
w, x, y, and z are binary values with respective bit settings as defined
in the following tables. (Bit 0 is least significant.)
Sample:
<STX>[email protected]@@<CR>
The sample configures the printer as follows:
@
H
@
@
Sets the communications to 9600 baud with an 8-bit word and no parity;
Selects direct thermal printing, standard control characters, and enables the media cutter;
Selects gap sensing;
Is the default setting (items saved for future expansion).
Note: The Ignore Host Distance setting (see below) allows the printer to disregard <STX>O and
<STX>f commands; a feature provided for host system software that sends these
commands with values that may be inappropriate for the printer and result in incorrect start
of print and present distances. Use the <STX>KD command or the Setup Menu to enable
this feature.
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<STX>KD
Parameter
w
x
y
z
1
Bit
Number
Parameter
Function
Parameter
Value(s)
0–2
BAUD Rate / Set Test Mode
3
4&5
6
7
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
0&1
2
3–5
6
7
0&1
2
3–5
6
7
Word Length and Parity
Unused
Always 1
Always 0
Print Method
Present Sensor
Control Character[1]
Cutter
Ignore Host Distance
Alt-2 Control Codes[1]
Always 1
Always 0
Paper Type (Media Sensor)
Linerless
Unused
Always 1
Always 0
Reserved
Reserved
Unused
Always 1
Always 0
0 = 9600, 1 = 600, 2 = 2400, 3 = 19200, 4 =
4800, 5 = 38400, 6 = 1200, 7 = 9600 Test Mode
0 = 8 bits, no parity; 1 = 7 bits, even parity
Set to 0
Set to 1
Set to 0
0 = direct thermal, 1 = thermal transfer
0 = not equipped, 1 = equipped
0 = standard, 1 = alternate characters
0 = disabled, 1 = enabled
0 = disabled, 1 = enabled (See note above)
0 = disabled, 1 = alternate-2 characters
Set to 1
Set to 0
0 = gap (edge), 1 = reflective, 2 = continuous
0 = not equipped, 1 = equipped
Set to 0
Set to 1
Set to 0
Set to 0
Set to 0
Set to 0
Set to 1
Set to 0
Selects the values of the control characters; see Control Codes.
Table 5-3: <STX>KD Configuration Commands
STX KE
Character Encoding
This command is provided primarily as a means for users of 7-bit communication and to embed
control characters and extended ASCII characters in their datastreams. Any character in the DPL
datastream may be substituted with a delimited two-character ASCII hexadecimal numeric
equivalent. The command allows the delimiting character to be selected, and the encoding to be
enabled or disabled. When character encoding is enabled, the printer will decode any ASCII
hexadecimal numeric pairs following the delimiter as single-byte values. Character encoding is used
where control characters cannot be transmitted or where control characters within data may
prematurely terminate a label format record. Although the delimiter may be changed at any time
(except within a label format definition), there cannot be more than one defined delimiter, and
character encoding must be disabled with <STX>KEN prior to re-enabling, regardless of any change
in the delimiter.
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Syntax:
<STX>KEex
Where:
e
-
Y – character encoding enabled
N – character encoding disabled
x
-
Delimiter: one ASCII character (Do not include when e = N)
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<STX>KEN
<STX>KEY\
<STX>L<CR>
1u0000001200120[)>\1E\01\1D\...\04\<CR>
E<CR>
Sample:
The sample disables, then enables character encoding with the backslash (\) as the delimiter. A UPS
Maxicode will be formatted using a data string interpreted as: [)>RS01GS... EOT<CR>; then formatting
is terminated.
Character Encoding Syntax: This syntax requires at least two hexadecimal ASCII digits (0-9, A-F)
delimited by the character specified in the <STX>KE command. The number of hexadecimal digits
between the delimiter pair must be even; see notes below.
Syntax:
xaa[bbcc…nn]x
Where:
x
-
One byte delimiter, 0 to ff16, leading and trailing.
aa
-
2 bytes, ASCII, hexadecimal encoded, range each character 0-9, A-F
bb
-
2 bytes, ASCII, hexadecimal encoded, range each character 0-9, A-F (optional)
cc
-
2 bytes, ASCII, hexadecimal encoded, range each character 0-9, A-F (optional)
nn
-
2 bytes, ASCII, hexadecimal encoded, range each byte - 0-9,
A-F (optional)
Notes: (1) A delimiter pair with no ASCII hexadecimal pairs between (e.g., \\) will be interpreted
as one byte whose value is that of the delimiting character, allowing the assigned delimiter
to be interpreted as itself rather than as the delimiter.
(2) A delimited string that contains either a non-valid hexadecimal character (e.g., FX) or
an odd number of bytes will be treated as an illegal string and, therefore, not correctly
decoded.
Character Encoding Examples: In the following partial datastreams it is assumed that character
encoding is enabled and that the selected delimiter, a backslash (\), has been transmitted to the printer
(i.e., <STX>KEY\). In each example, the printer has not received an unpaired delimiter prior the
example.
Partial DPL
Sample Datastream
AB\\CE
\ABCDEF\
1A\1A\1A
Interpretation
5 bytes AB\CE with values 4116, 4216, 5C16, 4316, 4416
3 bytes with values AB16, CD16, and EF16
5 bytes 1A<SUB>1A with values 3116, 4116, 1A16, 3116, 4116.
<SUB> represents a single-byte ASCII control character with value 1A16
Alternate Control Codes with Alternate Line Terminator: Character Encoding can also be used
with the Alternate Control Character set. Alternate Control Characters are enabled via a Setup Menu
or the <STX>KD / <STX>Kc commands. See Control Codes.
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STX Kf
Set Present Distance
This command specifies an additional amount to advance the label after printing. This command has
the same effect as the <STX>f command, but specifies a distance to advance relative to the start of
print (<STX>O command) of the next label.
Syntax:
<STX>Kfnnnn<CR>
Where:
nnnn
Sample:
<STX>Kf0100
- A four-digit present distance in inches/100 or mm/10.
The sample represents a one-inch label advance unless in metric mode (see <STX>m).
STX KQ
Query Memory Configuration
This command causes the printer to transmit DRAM memory configuration to the host device
regarding the total amount installed, the amount available for configuration, and the amount
currently assigned to specific functions or entities.
Syntax:
<STX>KQ<CR>
Printer response format: INTERNAL MEMORY<CR>
VER: aa-cdd.ee mm/dd/yy<CR>
INSTALLED: iiii<CR>
AVAILABLE: vvvv<CR>
MODULE: X:xxxx<CR>
SCALABLE: ssss<CR>
LABEL MEM: LLLL<CR>
LABEL SIZE: wwww:gggg:oo<CR>
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<CR>
Where:
- ASCII Carriage Return (0x0D) record delimiter.
aa- ASCII string sequence that represents the firmware version
cdd.ee
number string.
mm/dd/yy
iiii
- The number of 4KB blocks of DRAM memory.
STX KR
vvvv
- The number of 4KB blocks of DRAM available for
configuration.
X:
- ASCII character identifying a DRAM module followed by an
ASCII colon (:). If no Internal Module is present, this field
and its associated legend will not appear.
xxxx
- The number of 4KB blocks of DRAM allocated as an Internal
Module.
ssss
- The number of 4 KB blocks of DRAM assigned to the smooth
scalable font processor cache.
LLLL
- The number of 4 KB blocks of DRAM assigned to label print
buffer.
wwww
- Current maximum printable label width (in 100ths of an inch
or millimeters).
gggg
- Current printable length (in 100ths of an inch or millimeters),
200 min. / 640 max.
oo
- Current label dimension unit’s designation: “IN” for inches or
“MM” for millimeters.
Reset Memory Configuration
This command resets the printer’s DRAM configuration to default settings, see <STX> KM.
<STX>KR<CR>
Syntax:
STX Kr
Reset Resettable Counter
This command resets the internal counter. The internal counter requires the Real Time Clock option.
<STX>Kr<CR>
Syntax:
STX KS
Memory Configuration, Scalable Font Cache
See <STX>K.
STX KW
Memory Configuration, Printable Label Width
See <STX>K.
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Label-Formatting Commands
Introduction
The <STX>L command switches the printer from the System-Level Processor to the Label-Formatting
Processor. All commands following the <STX>L are interpreted as label-formatting commands, and can
be used to override default parameter values. Selectable parameter value defaults may be also reassigned
via the Setup Menu, as defined in the corresponding Operator’s Manual. Label formats that contain no
commands overriding printer default values will assume those defaults.
:
Set Cut By Amount
This command allows a predetermined number of labels to be printed before a cut is initiated, a
useful feature when it is necessary to print an uncut batch of labels. Between 1 and 9999 labels may
be printed before a cut is made. The amount must be smaller than the quantity of labels printed. The
printer default is one.
Syntax:
:nnnn
Where:
nnnn
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
:0005<CR>
141100001000100SAMPLE LABEL<CR>
Q0021<CR>
E<CR>
- Is a four digit decimal number indicating the number of labels to
be printed before a cut is performed.
The sample instructs the printer to make a cut after 5, 10, and 20 labels have been printed. Label 21
will be cut at the start of a subsequent label format (batch) unless a default (cut by amount) greater
than one has been entered.
Note: The cutter must be enabled and all mechanism interlocks closed for the cut operation.
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A
Set Format Attribute
This command specifies the type of formatting attribute to use when text strings, images, or bar codes
intersect on the label. This command remains in effect until another format command is specified or
until another label format (<STX>L) has begun.
Syntax:
An
Where:
n
Sample:
<STX>L
A3
141100001000100DATAMAX<CR>
141100001100110DATAMAX<CR>
E
-
Is attribute mode 1, 2, 3, or 5; see table below. The default is
1, XOR Mode.
The sample sets the printer to Opaque Mode and produces one label.
n
1
Attribute
Description
XOR
This is the default mode. The region where text strings,
Mode
images, or bar codes intersect will not be printed. (An
odd number of overlapping objects will print.)
2 Transparent This optional mode allows the intersection of text
Mode
strings, images, and bar codes to print. This allows the
user to print fields on top of one another.
3
Opaque
Interacting text is obliterated by the text formatted last.
Mode
Each character cell is treated as opaque. This mode is
effective only in rotation 1. See Record Structure Types.
5
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Inverse
Mode
Example
This mode allows inverse (white on black) printing.
E.g., a proportionally sized border and background are
printed similar to photographic negative. When text or
images overlap in this mode, the effect is similar to the
XOR attribute.
Table 6-1: Format Attributes
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C
Set Column Offset Amount
This command allows horizontal adjustment of the point where printing begins. The printer is
instructed to print label formats nnnn units to the right of the position that the format specifies. This
feature is useful when a single format is to be printed on labels containing preprinted information.
Note: If using preprinted labels where the placement of the preprint data varies from label to
label, the printed information may overlap the preprinted data.
Syntax:
Cnnnn
Where:
nnnn
Sample:
<STX>L
C0050
141100001000100DATAMAX<CR>
E
-
Is a four-digit number (0000-9999) for the column offset, in
inches /100 or mm/10. The printer default is 0.
The sample prints a label shifted .5 inches to the right of the format, unless the printer is in metric
mode.
c
Set Cut By Amount
This command is the same as the Set Cut By Amount command (:); however, only a two-digit value
can be entered. This allows a predetermined number of labels to be printed before a cut is performed.
One to 99 labels may be printed before a cut is made.
Syntax:
cnn
Where:
nn
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
c07<CR>
141100001000100SAMPLE LABEL<CR>
Q0021<CR>
E
- Is a two-digit number indicating the number of labels to be printed
before performing a cut. The printer default is one.
The sample instructs the printer to make cuts after 7, 14, and 21 labels have been printed. See LabelFormatting Command ‘:’.
Note: The cutter must be enabled and all mechanism interlocks closed for the cut operation.
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D
Set Dot Size Width and Height
This command is used to change the size of the printed dots of the printhead (print resolution). By
changing the height of the dots, the maximum length of a label can be increased or decreased. See
Appendix J.
Note: D22 is the default value for all printers.
Syntax:
Dwh
Where:
w
- Is Dot Width multiplier 1 or 2.
h
- Is Dot Height multiplier 1, 2, or 3.
E
Terminate Label-Formatting Mode and Print
This command causes the printer, when the processing Label-Formatting commands, to terminate the
Label-Formatting Mode then generate, print, and feed a label. The label generated will be based on
whatever data has been received to that point, even if no printable data has been received. Other
termination commands are ‘X’ and ‘s’. Commands sent to the printer after the Terminate Label
command must be of the Immediate, System-Level, or Font Download type.
Syntax:
E
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
121100000000000Testing<CR>
E<CR>
The sample label format will print one label.
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F
Font Attributes
This command extends the text presentation capabilities (bold and/or italic) of scalable fonts. The
selected font attribute remains in effect, modifying the font attributes of subsequent DPL text records
within the label format, until the command is turned off or until the label format is terminated with
the ‘E’ ‘s’ or ‘X’ command. All label formats begin by default with both font attributes disabled.
Note: These commands are only valid for “scalable” fonts, such as downloaded TrueType
scalable fonts (or optional Internal Font 9, S00 and S01 with appropriate optional font sets).
Syntax:
Fax
Where:
a
- Is font attribute B - Bold, I - Italic
x
- Is minus ‘-’ disable, plus ‘+’ enable.
Sample:
<STX>L
D11
1911SA001000080P015P015ABCDEF
FB+
1911SA001500080P015P015ABCDEF
FBFI+
1911SA002000080P015P015ABCDEF
FI1911SA002500080P018P018E-CLASS
E
The sample illustrated above will print one label, shown right. Note
that to print the sample, a scalable font with ID ‘A0’ was downloaded
to the printer prior to sending the label format datastream.
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f
Set Present Speed
This command controls the rate at which the present distance is positioned, allowing the media
movement to be slowed during ‘presentation’ (the distance traveled after printing is completed to the
label stop position). This command is used only within the context of a label format. The speed
assigned is retained until another label format is received or until power is removed; if a subsequent
format does not contain a present speed command then the present speed reverts to the slew speed.
Syntax:
fa
Where:
a
Sample:
<STX>LD11H30PGSG
fA
191100200830165Fixed Data Field 1
E
<STX>L
191100200830165Fixed Data Field 1
E
-
Is a single alpha character representing a speed, limited by the
slew speed range; see Appendix K. The default is the slew speed.
The sample prints two labels; the first label has present speed of 1 inch per second, while the second
reverts to the slew speed of 4 inches per second.
G
Place Data in Global Register
This command saves the print data of a print format record in a global register (temporary storage).
This data can then be retrieved and copied to another record in the same label format using the
Special Label-Formatting Command <STX>S. Global registers are named in the order received,
beginning with A and ending at P; and are incremented with each instance of G command use.
Syntax:
G
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
121100000000000Testing<CR>
G<CR>
1A2210001000000<STX>SA<CR>
E<CR>
The sample stores, retrieves and prints the data in global register A. One label is printed with
“Testing” in two locations.
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H
Select Heat Setting
This command changes the “on time” of the printhead elements. The factory default setting is 10.
Increasing or decreasing this value causes an according change in the amount of heat applied by the
printhead to the media surface, resulting in a lightening or darkening of the contrast on the printed
label. This command, helpful when using different media types where each requires a different
amount of heat to properly image the media, allows a heat adjustment per the application.
Syntax:
Hnn
Where:
nn
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
H15<CR>
141100001000100SAMPLE LABEL<CR>
E
- Is a two-digit heat value, 00-30 (see note below).
The sample sets the printer for a heat value of 15 and prints one label.
Note: The Darkness Potentiometer, while providing subtle changes, is intended to be used to
match print contrast levels following printhead replacements.
M
Select Mirror Mode
This command instructs the printer to “mirror” all subsequent print field records by toggling a
mirroring mode. Mirrored fields are transposed visually as if the object is viewed in a mirror.
Syntax:
M
Sample:
<STX>L
161100003200010 NOT MIRRORED<CR>
M<CR>
161100003000400 MIRRORED<CR>
E
Printed result:
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m
Set Metric Mode
This command sets the printer to measure in metric-based units (e.g., a column offset of 0010 will be
interpreted as 1.0 mm). All printers default to imperial (inch) mode.
Syntax:
m
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
m
141100001000100SAMPLE LABEL<CR>
E
The sample prints the text (SAMPLE LABEL) starting at location coordinates 10.0 mm, 10.0 mm.
n
Set Imperial (Inch) Mode
This command sets the printer to measure in inch-based units. All printers default to imperial units.
Syntax:
n
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
n
141100001000100SAMPLE LABEL<CR>
E
The sample prints the text (SAMPLE LABEL) starting at location coordinates 1.0 inch, 1.0 inch.
P
Set Print Speed
This command controls the rate at which label printing is performed.
Syntax:
Pa
Where:
a
Sample:
<STX>L
PC
141100001000100LABEL1<CR>
E
<STX>L
141100001000100LABEL2>CR>
E
- Is a single alpha character representing a speed; see Appendix K
for valid ranges.
The sample produces two labels, the first at a print speed of 2 inches per second and the second at
the printer default.
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p
Set Backfeed Speed
This command, typically used in conjunction with the Cut or Peel and Present operations, controls
the rate at which the labels will reverse to align to the next start of print position. The setting remains
in effect until another backfeed speed command is received or until the printer is reset.
Syntax:
pa
Where:
a
Sample:
<STX>L
pF
- Is a single alpha character representing a speed; see Appendix K
for valid ranges.
The above sample sets the printer to backfeed at 3.5 inches per second.
Q
Set Print Quantity
This command sets the number of the label copies to be printed. A one to five digit value is allowed,
if the command is delimited by a carriage return <CR>. This permits host applications to generate
label quantity commands without the need to pad leading zeros. (A four-digit command value does
not need to be <CR> terminated.)
Syntax:
Qnnnnn
Where:
nnnnn - Is a one to five-digit delimited value setting for the number of
labels to be printed. The default value is one.
Sample:
<STX>L
121100000000000Testing<CR>
Q20<CR>
E<CR>
The above sample will print a batch of 20 identical labels.
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R
Set Row Offset Amount
This command allows vertical adjustment of the point where printing begins. The printer is instructed
to print label formats nnnn units above the position that the format specifies. This feature is useful
when a single format is to be printed on labels containing preprinted information.
Note: If using preprinted labels where the placement of the preprint data varies from label to
label, the printed information may overlap the preprinted data.
Syntax:
Rnnnn
Where:
nnnn
Sample:
<STX>L
R0037<CR>
141100001000100SAMPLE LABEL<CR>
E
- Is a four-digit number (0000-9999) for the row offset, in
inches/100 or millimeters/10. The printer default is 0.
The sample prints a label with a row offset amount of .37 of an inch, unless in metric mode.
r
Recall Stored Label Format
This command is used to retrieve label formats stored on a memory module.
Syntax:
rnn…n
Where:
nn…n
- Is the label name, up to 16 characters in length.
The samples below explain different ways to recall and print a label format. (To view a memory
module’s directory of label formats use the <STX>W command.)
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String Sent:
Printer Interpretation:
Sample 1:
<STX>L<CR>
rTEST<CR>
Q0002<CR>
E<CR>
Begin label format
Retrieve format named TEST
Quantity requested = 2
Terminate formatting and print
Sample 2:
<STX>L<CR>
rTEST<CR>
X<CR>
<STX>G<CR>
Begin label format
Retrieve format named test
Terminate formatting
Print
Sample 3:
<STX>L<CR>
D11<CR>
PO<CR>
SO<CR>
rTEST<CR>
E<CR>
Begin label format
Dot size = 1x1
Print speed 0
Slew speed 0
Retrieve format named test
Terminate formatting and print
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S
Set Slew Speed
This command controls the rate at which the label is moved through non-printed areas. The setting
remains unchanged unless another slew speed command is received or until the printer is reset.
Syntax:
Sa
Where:
a
Sample:
<STX>L
SE
141100001000100LABEL1<CR>
E
<STX>L
1411000010001000LABEL2<CR>
E
- Is a single alpha character representing a speed; see Appendix K
for valid ranges.
The sample sets the slew speed to 3 inches per second (76 mmps), and prints two labels. The slew
speed for the second label is the same as the first.
s
Store Label Format In Module
This command stores a label format to a specified module. Supplying the module name (see
Appendix J for valid designators) will store the label to that module; otherwise, using C will cause
the label format to be stored in the selected default module (see <STX>X.). In addition, this
command terminates the Label-Formatting Command.
Syntax:
Sann…n
Where:
a
- Is the module designator representing a single character module
name; see Appendix J.
nn…n
- Represents the name of the label (maximum 16 characters).
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
D11<CR>
191100501000000123456789012<CR>
1911005020000001234567<CR>
191100500000000Sample<CR>
1X1100000000000B250250002002<CR>
Q0001<CR>
sATEST<CR>
The example stores a format in memory module A and names it ‘TEST’. (To recall a label format
from the module use the ‘r’ command.)
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T
Set Field Data Line Terminator
This command, intended for use with record types that accept binary data (e.g., PDF417), allows
special binary control codes (e.g., a carriage return) to be embedded in the printed data by setting an
alternate data line terminator. It remains valid only for the next format record, then resumes the
defaults value. See Alternate Control Code Mode.
Syntax:
Tnn
Where:
nn
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
T00<CR>
191100200000000TEST<NULL>
141100001000100TERMINATOR<CR>
Q0001<CR>
E<CR>
- Is an ASCII two-character representation of a HEX code to be used
for the end of data terminator.
The sample sets the printer to use a NULL terminator (ASCII NULL: HEX 00) for the data line
termination code. The terminator is immediately restored to a carriage return <CR>, as seen in the
format record containing the text ‘TERMINATOR’.
U
Mark Previous Field as a String Replacement Field
This command controls the way replacement data is formatted. Specifying a field as a string
replacement for dynamic fields, and not for static fields, will optimize label throughput. See the
<STX>U command.
Note: The data string length of any replacement is set by the length of the original string; both must
be equal. The data being used when created must be valid for the font type being selected.
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Syntax:
U
Sample:
<STX>L
D11
121100001000000123456789012<CR>
U<CR>
1211000020000001234567<CR>
U<CR>
161100000000000Sample<CR>
1X1100000000000B250250002002<CR>
Q0001
E
<STX>U01ABCDEFGHIJKL<CR>
<STX>U028901234<CR>
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The sample sets up the label format for register loading and prints two labels. The first two of the
four format records have been designated as replacement fields. The second label is generated with
System-Level field-replacement commands and prints the last label.
Note: The data string length of any register is set by the length of the string when it was created
and the new string must be the same length as the old string. The data being used when it
is created must be valid for the font type being used.
X
Terminate Label-Formatting Mode without Printing
This command causes the printer, when in label-formatting mode, to immediately switch to the
system command mode and generate a label format based on the data received at that point.
However, unlike the ‘E’ command, it will not print a label. (Other termination commands are the ‘E’
and ‘s’.)
Syntax:
X
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
141100001000100SAMPLE<CR>
X<CR>
The sample will result in a label format, but no label will be printed.
y
Select Font Symbol Set
This command, like the <STX>y, selects the scalable font symbol set. The selected symbol set
remains active until another symbol set is selected; see the <STX>y for details.
Syntax:
ySxx
Where:
S
- Byte size designation; see Appendix H
S = Single-byte symbol sets.
U = Double-byte symbol sets (as equipped)
xx
- Symbol set selection.
Sample:
<STX>L
ySSW<CR>
The sample selects the Swedish symbol set for use in succeeding format records using scalable fonts.
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z
Zero (Ø) Conversion to “0”
This command removes the slash zero in fonts 0 to 8, and in the human readable field (if any) of the
bar codes A to Z. The command applies only to format records containing those fonts and bar codes,
and is effective only for the label format in which it appears.
Note: None of the smooth fonts (i.e., font 9) has the slash zero; also, this command will have no
effect on scalable fonts.
Syntax:
z
Sample:
<STX>L
z
121100000000000Test0000<CR>
E
+ (>)
Make Last Field Entered Increment Numeric (Alphanumeric)
This command, useful in printing sequenced labels, causes the printer to automatically increment a
field on the labels in a batch. The numeric data in the field will increment by the value assigned after
the plus sign (+) each time a label is produced (or the greater than character [>] can be substituted to
make the field increment alphabetically). This command is effective only on the label format record
that it follows, and is intended to be used with the Q, <STX>E or <STX>G commands.
Syntax:
*pii
Where:
*
- Is + for numeric increment, or > for alphanumeric increment.
p
- Is the fill character for the leftmost character of the field.
ii
- Is the amount to increment the field.
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
13220000000000012345<CR>
+01<CR>
Q0003<CR>
E<CR>
The sample will generate a single field label format that prints the initial label with a value of 12345,
and then increments that number by one for the next two labels.
Embedding
Numeric strings for incrementing may also be embedded between alphabetic characters (e.g., when
systems require alphanumeric barcodes with alphabetic prefixes or suffixes).
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<STX>L<CR>
161100000100010AB0001CD<CR>
+100<CR>
Q0003<CR>
E<CR>
Sample:
The sample will print three labels, incrementing 0001 by 1 on each label with AB and CD remaining
untouched: AB0001CD, AB0002CD, AB0003CD. Note that the increment value has one leading
blank and two trailing zeros; the blank is a pad character with no consequences in this example, and
the trailing zeroes are placeholders which leave CD unchanged.
- (<)
Make Last Field Entered Decrement Numeric (Alphanumeric)
This command, useful in printing sequenced labels, causes the printer to automatically decrement a
field on the labels in a batch. The numeric data in the field will decrement by the value assigned after
the minus (-) sign each time a label is produced (or the less than character [<] can be substituted to
make the field decrement alphabetically). This command is effective only on the label format record
that it follows, and is intended to be used with the Q, <STX>E or <STX>G commands.
Syntax:
*pii
Where:
*
- Is - for numeric decrement, or < for alphanumeric decrement.
p
- Is the fill character for the leftmost character of the field.
ii
- Is the amount by which to decrement the field.
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
132200000000000123AB<CR>
<01<CR>
Q0003<CR>
E<CR>
The sample will generate a single field label format that prints the initial label with a value of
123AB, and then decrements that number by one for the next two labels.
Embedding
Numeric strings for decrementing may also be embedded between alphabetic characters (e.g., when
systems require alphanumeric barcodes with alphabetic prefixes or suffixes).
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
1611000001000101000CD<CR>
-100<CR>
Q0003<CR>
E<CR>
The sample will print three labels: 1000CD, 999CD, and 998CD. Note that the pad character is a
placeholder for digits removed from the left side in the subtraction process. When a fixed pitch font
(where all characters have the same width) is used, the justification of the rightmost character is
sustained regardless of the number of digits replaced by the pad character on the left side.
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^
Set Count by Amount
This command allows applications using the increment / decrement field command to print more than
one label with the same field value before the field data is updated. All printers default to 1.
Note: This command can only be issued once per label format. In addition, when alternate
Control Codes are enabled, the ^ character must be replaced by the @ character
(hexadecimal 0x40). See Control Codes.
Syntax:
^nn
Where:
^
- May be 0x55 or 0x40, see Control Codes.
nn
- Is a two-digit value that specifies the number of labels to be
generated before incrementing (or decrementing) the field value.
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
13220000000000012345<CR>
-01<CR>
^02<CR>
Q0006<CR>
E<CR>
The sample prints two labels containing the same field value before decrementing the field. Six
labels are printed.
Special Label-Formatting Commands
Two Special Label-Formatting Commands, the <STX> S and the <STX> T, are entered directly into the
data field of label format records. Do not confuse them with System-Level Commands because the same
control character is used. If alternate control codes are enabled the <STX> becomes ‘~’ (hexadecimal
0x7E); see Control Codes.
Label-Formatting Character
Command Description
<STX>S
Recall global data and place in field
<STX>T
Print time and date
Table 6-2: Special Label-Formatting Commands
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STX S
Recall Global Data And Place In Field
This command, when in the format record data field, places data from a specified global register into
the data field. See the G command.
Syntax:
<STX>Sn
Where:
n
Sample:
<STX>L<CR>
121100000000000DMX<CR>
G<CR>
1A2210001000000<STX>SA<CR>
E<CR>
- Specifies the global register (A − P) that contains the data to
place into the data field.
The sample places the string “DMX” into the next available global register (A), and then line 4 is
effectively replaced by the data from global register A.
STX T
Print Time and Date
This command, using string characters and markers, allows time and date data to be selected and
retrieved from the printer’s internal clock. In addition, the <STX>T may be preceded by data to be
printed/encoded, and/or the string may now be terminated by an <STX> command and then followed
by more data terminated by a <CR>. The string characters/markers are not printed; instead, the
printed label will show a corresponding print value.
Note: When using substitution you must ensure the converted string produces valid characters
for the selected bar code / font.
Syntax:
<STX>Tstring<CR>
Where:
string
- Is any set of characters, A - Z and a – h. See the table below.
String
Print
String
Print
Characters
Values
Markers
Values
A
VW
Day of the week (Mon = 1, Sun = 7)
Hour in the 24 hour format
BCD
XY
Day of the week name
Hour in the 12 hour format
EF
Za
Month number
Minutes
GH…O
gh
Month name
Seconds
PQ
bc
Day
AM or PM
RSTU
def
Year
Julian date
Table 6-3: Time and Date String Characters
Note: The sample listings below assume a current printer date of December 21, 1998.
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Sample 1:
<STX>L<CR>
121100001000100<STX>TBCD GHI PQ, TU<CR>
E<CR>
Sample 1 will print SUN DEC 21, 98 on a label.
Sample 2:
<STX>L<CR>
191100100100010<STX>TEF/PQ<CR>
E<CR>
Sample 2 will print 12/21 on a label.
Sample 3:
<STX>L<CR>
191100100100010ABC <STX>TEF/PQ<STX> DEF<CR>
E<CR>
Sample 3 will print ABC 12/21 DEF on a label. (This illustrates a method of embedding the time
string. The string must be terminated by an <STX>.)
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Font Loading Commands
Introduction
The commands used for font loading are usually generated by font creation software; however, the
assigned font ID number command must be sent to the printer before the font file. All Font Loading
Commands begin with <ESC> (ASCII control character 27 [decimal]).
The downloaded font will be stored in the default module (refer to the <STX>X command). The
commands in the table below are listed in their order of appearance, top to bottom, during font
downloading. The <SOH>D command must be sent prior to downloading a font.
Command
*c###D
)s#Wnn…n
*c#E
(s#W
Description
Assign Font ID Number
Font Descriptor
Character Code
Character Download Data
Table 7-1: Font-Loading Commands
*c###D
Assign Font ID Number
This command is the first command required for downloading a font to either DRAM or Flash
memory. Esc represents the ASCII control character 27.
Syntax:
<ESC>*c###D
Where:
###
)s###W
- Is the font ID numbers 100-999. (000-099 are reserved for
resident fonts.)
Font Descriptor
This command (typically first data in a font file) contains all of the information about the font
contained in the file. Different font generation software will create different length header
information, but the initial 64 bytes will remain consistent with the PCL-4 (HP LaserJet II) format.
Syntax:
<ESC>)s###Wdd…d
Where:
###
- Is the number of bytes of font descriptor data from 1 to 3 ASCII
decimal digits.
dd…d
- Is the descriptor.
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*c###E
Character Code
This code is the ASCII decimal value corresponding to the next downloaded character.
Syntax:
<ESC>*c###E
Where:
###
(s#W
- Is the ASCII value of the character, three digits maximum, 0 to
999.
Character Download Data
This command contains all of the information for one downloaded character.
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Syntax:
<ESC>(s###Wnn…n
Where:
###
- Is the number of bytes of bit-mapped data, three digits maximum,
1 to 999.
nn…n
- Is the bit-mapped data.
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Introduction
This section explains the use of the different fields in a print format record.
Format Record Commands
Table 8-1 is an example of a label format as seen by the printer, while the figure below is the label
generated from this format. The printer receives the data sequentially, left to right, top to bottom.
String Sent to Printer
<STX>L<CR>
D11<CR>
121100000050005Home Position<CR>
191100602000200ROTATION 1<CR>
291100602000200ROTATION 2<CR>
391100602000200ROTATION 3<CR>
491100602000200ROTATION 4<CR>
1A3104003000260123456<CR>
4a6210002500140123456<CR>
1X1100000000000B400400003003<CR>
1X1100002000000L400001<CR>
1X1100000000200L001400<CR>
121100004100010Printhead Location<CR>
Q0001<CR>
E<CR>
Printer Interpretation
Begin label format
Set dot size
Format text
Format text
Format text
Format text
Format text
Format bar code with text
Format bar code
Format box
Format line
Format line
Format text
Number of labels
End formatting, begin print
Table 8-1: Sample Label Format
Note: This example assumes that the printer is in ‘inch’ mode (<STX>n).
Printhead Location
Media
Movement
Home Position
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The first line in the sample format (Table 8-1) is the System-Level Command directing the printer to
begin label formatting. (Other System-Level Commands may precede the <STX>L for printer setup.)
Lines 2, 14, and 15 are Label-Formatting Commands. Line 15 is the exit and print command. The
remaining lines (3-13) are print format records, explained in this chapter.
A record is a data string that contains the information to be printed on the label(s). Records are the
building blocks of label formats. Every record must end with a termination character (usually a carriage
return, <CR>). Omitting termination characters will result in the concatenation of records. Omitting the
carriage return that precedes the termination character E, which is necessary to complete the label
formatting and begin printing, will cause the printer to continue interpreting all subsequent data as label
print format records.
Generating Records
Every record is made of three parts: (1) A header that is 15 bytes in length, (2) the data to be printed,
and (3) a termination character (e.g., <CR>) marking the end of the field. The header is used to select
the appearance of the data when printed by specifying rotation, font type, size, and position. Every
header contains similar information, but this information may be used in different ways by different
types of records. The six record types are:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Internal Bit-Mapped Font
Smooth Font (Simulated)
Scalable Font
Bar code
Images
Graphics
The Structure of a Record
The basic structure of the record is described below. For details regarding the various interpretations
of the six types see Record Structure Types.
The third line of the label format example in Table 8-1 consists of the following:
121100000050005HOME POSITION<CR>
This string comprises a complete record, shown below, divided into its three basic component parts.
Header
121100000050005
Data String
Termination Character
HOME POSITION
<CR>
Table 8-2: Record Structure Components
The record conforms to the following fixed field format (spaces added for visual clarity). Identifying
lower case letters have been placed below the field values for reference in the following sections:
1 2 1 1
a b c d
60
000
eee
0005
ffff
0005
gggg
HOME POSITION
[hhhh iiii] jj…j
<CR>
Termination character
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Location
Within
Internal BitRecord Mapped Font
a
Rotation
b
Font ID
c
Width
Multiplier
d
Height
Multiplier
eee
000
ffff
gggg
hhhh
iiii
jj…j
Row
Position
Column
Position
N/A
N/A
Data String
Smooth
Font
Rotation
9
Width
Multiplier
Height
Multiplier
font size/ID
Row
Position
Column
Position
N/A
N/A
Data String
Record Type
Scalable
Bar
Font
Code
Rotation
Rotation
9
Bar Code
Width
Wide Bar
Multiplier
Height
Narrow Bar
Multiplier
ID
Bar Code
Height
Row
Row
Position
Position
Column
Column
Position
Position
Font height N/A
Font width N/A
Data String Data String
Images
Rotation
Y
Width
Multiplier
Height
Multiplier
000
Row
Position
Column
Position
N/A
N/A
Image Name
Graphics
1
X
1
1
000
Row
Position
Column
Position
N/A
N/A
Graphic
Specifiers
Table 8-3: Record Type Structure
In Table 8-3, the record structure is shown for each of the record types. The left-most column shows
the locations of all characters in the record, and corresponds to the example above the table. Each
record structure interprets the characters of the record in its own way, though some of the characters’
interpretations are identical across all record types. For example, the characters ffff are interpreted
as Row Position in all record types. While c is a Width Multiplier for Internal Bit-Mapped Font,
Smooth Font, Scalable Font, and Image record types, it has other interpretations for Bar Code and
Graphics record types.
The Header Fields
Each of the fields in the record header is generally described below. Please reference the detailed
descriptions under Record Structure Types for variations. The field name titles of the following
paragraphs are preceded with a reference letter from Table 8-3. All characters sent to the printer
within the header fields are ASCII, alphanumeric.
a:
Rotation
The first field of a header is a single ASCII character that selects the degree of rotation for the
data to be printed on a label. Valid rotation values are 1 (0º); 2 (90º); 3 (180º); and 4 (270º)
clockwise. Figure 8-1 shows the direction and amount of rotation clockwise, relative to the label
feed direction. The bottom left corner of the object is the pivot point.
b:
Fonts, Bar Codes, Graphics and Images
The second field (b) determines how the rest of the fields are interpreted, as shown in the table
below. Values 0 through 9 select human-readable fonts. 0 through 8 will select standard Datamax
fonts, value 9 selects the CG Triumvirate smooth scalable font (internal) or scalable fonts. When
9 is used to select a scalable font, the font size (font I.D. number) is chosen by entering a value in
the height field eee.
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Values A through z select barcodes. Values A through T (uppercase) will print barcodes with
human-readable interpretations. Values a through z (lowercase), will print barcodes only.
Value W requires two additional characters to specify the Barcode/Font ID.
A font field value X selects a drawing object (line, box, circle or polygon), and field value Y is
used to print an image stored in a module.
Font Field Value (b)
0-9
A-T
a-z
Wxx
X
Y
c:
Interpretation
Font
Barcode with human readable text.
Barcode without human readable text.
Barcode/Font Expansion
Line, Box, Polygon, Circle
Image
Table 8-4: Font Field Interpretations
Width Multiplier
Values 1-9 and A-O represent multiplication factors (base 25 numbers). For human-readable
fonts, the width multiplier represents the number of times the selected font dot tables are
multiplied and has no effect on the character height. For barcodes, this character specifies the
wide bar width or ratio. Values 1 through 9 and A through O will give a wide bar width of from
0.0033” (0.085mm) to 0.792” (2.011mm) at a resolution dependent upon the printer model. See
Appendix J.
d:
Height Multiplier
The height multiplier has the same range and function as the width multiplier, but vertical. When
used in the context of barcodes, this field is the ratio denominator, or the small bar (module)
width. Values 1 through 9 and A through O will give a narrow bar width of one dot (dot size =
1/printhead resolution) to 24 dots. The narrow bar width resolution and range are dependent upon
the printhead resolution, see table below. A “dot multiplier” command can also be used to change
the printed dot size (see Label-Formatting Command ‘D’ and Appendix J).
eee:
Bar Code Height (Font Size/Selection)
This field has interpretations dependent upon the value of the font b field, as shown below.
b Font Field Value
eee Field Range
eee Field Interpretation
0-8
000
Not used –Internal Bitmapped Font
9
000 – 999, A04 – A72, S00 – S9z, Font Height; Font Selection
U00-U9z, u00 – u9z
A-T
000 – 999
Barcode Height (with human readable)
a-z
000 – 999
Barcode Height
Wxx
000 – 999
Barcode Height (with human readable)
X,Y
000
Not Used
Table 8-5: Bar Code Height Field Interpretations
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ffff: Row Position
The lower left corner of a label is considered the “home position”, see Figure 8-1. The row
position field is a vertical coordinate that determines how far above the home position the data is
to be printed. Field data is interpreted in hundredths of an inch or tenths of millimeters.
gggg: Column Position
This field is a horizontal coordinate that determines how far to the right of “home position” the
data will be printed. Appendix J lists the maximum values of the gggg field.
hhhh: Optional Scalable Font Height
The height of a scalable font can be specified in two ways, points or dots. To specify the height
in points the first character of the field is a ‘P’ followed by the number of points, 004 to 999
points. To specify the size in dots, all four characters must be numeric. This field must be
specified for scalable fonts. See note below.
iiii: Optional Scalable Font Width
The width of a scalable font can be specified in two ways, points or dots. To specify the width in
points, the first character of the field is a ‘P’ followed by the number of points, 004 to 999 points.
To specify the size in dots, all four characters must be numeric. This field must be specified for
scalable fonts. See note below.
Note: To ensure that the data stream is portable to different Datamax printers, specify the
font size in points. If the font is specified in dots, it will output differently on printers with
different DPI/MMPI resolutions. There are 72.307 points per 1 inch (2.847 mm).
jj…j: Data Field
The final field contains the data that will actually be printed on the label. A string of data can be
up to 255 characters in length, (except when using the PDF 417 barcode, which may be up to
3000 characters long) ending with a carriage return. Characters placed in the data field will be
printed as long as they fall within the physical range of the printhead. See Appendix J for a
listing by printer.
Record Structure Types
Each of the six record types has its own field structure as described in the following tables. These
record types allow quick reference to the field types and their valid data inputs for the field. There
are similar, but unique, record structures for each: internal bit-mapped fonts, internal smooth fonts,
downloaded bit-mapped fonts, scalable fonts, bar codes, images, and graphics. The field location
identifiers in the tables that follow are the same as those in Table 8-3.
1. Internal Bit-Mapped Fonts
This record type is used for internal bitmapped fonts (see Tables C-1, C-2 and C-3).
When a 0 through 8 is entered in field b, then the height field eee is not used. The bitmapped fonts
include 8 different fonts (see Appendix C). The character mapping for these fonts is shown in
Appendix A or a subset thereof.
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Field
a
b
c
d
eee
ffff
gggg
jj…j
Valid Inputs
Meaning
1, 2, 3 and 4
Rotation
0 to 8; see Appendix C.
Font
1 to 9 and A to O
Width Multiplier
1 to 9 and A to O
Height Multiplier
000
N/A
0000 to 9999
Row
0000 to 9999, see Appendix J.
Column
Valid ASCII character string up to 255 characters followed Data
by a termination character.
Table 8-6: Internal Bit-mapped Font Record Structure
2. Smooth Font, and Downloaded Bit-Mapped Fonts
This record type is used for internal smooth fonts (CG Triumvirate – see Table C-4) or a bit-mapped
font downloaded to a memory module (see Font-Loading Commands).
When 9 is entered in field b, then the height field eee determines the font. The internal smooth font
has up to 13 font sizes (see Appendix C). Values 100 through 999 select individual fonts stored in
DRAM or Flash memory. These include downloaded bit-mapped fonts; see Table 8-7. Use eee values
of 096 – 099 for Kanji fonts, if equipped (see Appendix I). The character mapping for these fonts is
shown in Appendix A or a subset thereof.
Field
a
b
c
d
eee
ffff
gggg
jj…j
Valid Inputs
Meaning
1, 2, 3 and 4
9
1 to 9 and A to O
1 to 9 and A to O
000 to 999 (000 to 099 Reserved), A04 to A72, x04 – x72*
0000 to 9999
0000 to 9999; see Appendix J.
Valid ASCII character string up to 255 characters
followed by a termination character.
Rotation
Fixed Value
Width Multiplier
Height Multiplier
Font/Size
Row
Column
Data
*Where x is an upper case letter; see Appendices H and K.
Table 8-7: Smooth Font Record Structure
3. Scalable Fonts
The Smooth Scalable Font Technology has been licensed from AGFA. Both IntelliFont (.CDI) and
TrueType (.TTF) Scalable Font file formats are supported. The eee field identifies the scalable font,
and data type - normal (binary) or hex ASCII. Uppercase S or U - binary, lowercase u - Hex ASCII.
See Appendix I for additional information. Values S00 to S9z, and U00 to U9z (u00 to u9z), select a
scalable font, either internal or downloaded. S01 is used for the standard internal (resident) font.
Field
a
b
c
d
eee
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1, 2, 3 and 4
9
1 to 9 and A to O
1 to 9 and A to O
S00 to Szz, U00-Uzz, u00-uzz
Meaning
Rotation
Fixed Value
Width Multiplier
Height Multiplier
Font Data Type
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Field
ffff
gggg
hhhh
iiii
jj…j
Valid Inputs
Meaning
0000 to 9999
0000 to 9999, see Appendix J.
P004-P999, 0016-4163*
P004-P999, 0014-4163*
Valid ASCII character string up to 255 characters
followed by a termination character.
Row
Column
Character Height, points, dots
Character Width, points, dots
Data
*Character size specifications are printhead resolution dependent as shown in the following table.
Table 8-8: Scalable Font Record Structure
Printhead
Resolution (DPI)
203
300
Character Size (dots)
Width
16-2817
14-4163
Table 8-9: Scalable Character Size Ranges
Height
16-2817
16-4163
Note: A scalable font cache must be allocated to print. Minimum cache size is 15 (see
<STX>KS for syntax). Double-byte fonts require five additional units of cache.
4. Bar Codes
Valid inputs for the bar code field b are letters. Uppercase letters will print a human-readable text
below the bar code. Lowercase letters will print the bar code only. For example, entering a ‘p’ in
the b field selects the Postnet bar code. Because the Postnet font does not provide human-readable
data, the uppercase P is not valid. Other bar codes without a human-readable counterpart include u
(MaxiCode), z (PDF417), etc. See Appendix F.
For module-based bar codes, field d is the narrow bar width in dots (bar code module size). For
consistent results in all rotations for bar codes of this type, field d and field c must have the same
value. For ratio-based bar codes field c is the wide bar width in dots (the numerator); field d is the
narrow bar width in dots (the denominator). The eee height field represents the bar code height.
The valid range is from 001 to 999, which translates to bar heights ranging from 0.01inch
(.254mm) to 9.99 inches (253.7mm). Bar codes that require additional parameters specified use the
jj…j data field as the location for these parameters. See the Appendix G for specific bar code
details.
Field
a
b [bb]
c
d
eee
ffff
gggg
jj…j
Meaning
1, 2, 3 and 4
Rotation
A to Z and a to z (except P, u, v, z), or Wna, where: n is 1 to 9 Bar Code
and a is A to S and a to s. No n is an implied 1.
1 to 9 and A to O
Wide Bar
1 to 9 and A to O
Narrow Bar
001 to 999
Symbol Height
0000 to 9999
Row
0000 to 9999, see Appendix J.
Column
Valid ASCII character string up to 255 characters followed by a Data
termination character.
Table 8-10: Bar Code Record Structure
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Placing a 0 (zero) in both c and d will cause the printer to use the default bar code ratio or module
size. Placing a 000 (zero) in the symbol height field causes the printer to use the default bar code
height.
5. Images
An image record is used to print an image that is stored in a memory module. Images can be
printed only in rotation 1, (see Input Image Data <STX>I).
Field
a
b
c
d
eee
ffff
gggg
jj…j
Valid Inputs
1
Y
1 to 9 and A to O
1 to 9 and A to O
000
0000 to 9999
0000 to 9999, see Appendix J.
ASCII string, up to 16 characters followed by a termination
character.
Table 8-11: Image Fields
Meaning
Fixed Value
Image
Width Multiplier
Height Multiplier
Fixed Value
Row
Column
Image Name
6. Graphics
Using graphics, the printer can produce lines, boxes, polygons, and circles. This function is
selected by entering an X in field b. The values entered in the data field determine the sizes and
shapes of the objects to be drawn. Forms can be created using shaded boxes, complex logos, or
even a simple diagonal line without the need to download a graphics file to the printer. The
following sub-sections describe how to generate each kind of graphic.
Lines and Boxes
Lines and boxes are drawn by values that determine column and row starting position, length,
width, and wall thickness of the line or box (see Appendix J). All measurements are interpreted
as inches/100 or millimeters/10, depending on the printer’s mode (see <STX>m). The data
field jj…j is used to describe the line or box dimensions.
Segment
a
b
c
d
eee
ffff
gggg
jj...j
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Valid Inputs
1
X
1
1
000
0000 to 9999
0000 to 9999, see Appendix J.
Lhhhvvv - Line Drawing
lhhhhvvvv - Line Drawing
Bhhhvvvtttsss - Box Drawing
Bhhhhvvvvttttssss - Box Drawing
Table 8-12: Line and Box Parameters
Meaning
Fixed value
Line / Box
Fixed Value
Fixed Value
Fixed Value
Row
Column
Line *
Line **
Box ***
Box ****
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* LINES:
Where:
Lhhhvvv
** LINES:
Where:
lhhhhvvvv
*** BOXES:
Where:
Bhhhvvvbbbsss
**** BOXES:
Where:
bhhhhvvvvbbbbssss
L
=
hhh =
vvv =
l
=
hhhh =
vvvv =
B
hhh
vvv
bbb
sss
=
=
=
=
=
“L” and specifies line drawing,
horizontal width of line,
vertical height of line.
“l” and specifies line drawing,
horizontal width of line,
vertical height of line.
“B” and specifies box drawing,
horizontal width of box,
vertical height of box,
thickness of bottom and top,
thickness of sides.
b
= “b” specifies box drawing,
hhhh = horizontal width of box,
vvvv = vertical height of box,
bbbb = thickness of bottom and top box edges,
ssss = thickness of sides of box.
Note: Lines are sometimes better understood as filled in boxes, while boxes are hollow.
Polygons
Polygons are created by defining the positions of the corners, specifying a number of data
points that represent the vertices of the object, which can range from a simple line (two points),
or a triangle (three points), to any free-form outline. Polygons may be filled with a variety of
different patterns. All row/column specifiers are interpreted as inches/100 or millimeters/10
depending on the printer mode, (see <STX>m).
Record structure for a polygon (spaces have been added for readability):
1 X 11 ppp rrrr cccc P ppp bbbb rrrr cccc rrrr cccc … <CR>
Where:
1
X
1
1
ppp
rrrr
cccc
P
001
Rotation (must be 1)
Fixed Value
0001
Graphic field ID
Fixed Value
rrrr Row of Point 2
Multiplier (must be 1)
cccc Column of Point 2
Multiplier (must be 1)
rrrr Row of Point 3
Fill Pattern #
cccc Column of Point 3
Row of Point 1
…
Column of Point 1
Additional Points
<CR> Termination Character
Polygon ID (Fixed Value)
Table 8-13: Polygon Record Structure
Note: The points must be specified in the order to be drawn; the last point specified is
automatically connected to the first point to close the polygon. If only two points are
specified, a single line will be drawn. See Label-Formatting Command A.
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Circles
A circle is created by defining by its center point and radius. Circles may be filled with a
variety of different patterns. Row, column, and radius are interpreted as inches (100) or
millimeters (10) depending on printer mode.
Record structure for a circle (spaces have been added for readability):
1 X 11 fff rrrr cccc C ppp bbbb rrrr <CR>
Where:
1
X
1
1
fff
rrrr
cccc column of the center point
rotation (must be 1)
C
graphic field
Circle ID (Fixed Value)
001
multiplier (must be 1)
Fixed Value
0001 Fixed Value
multiplier (must be 1)
rrrr radius of the circle
fill pattern #
<CR> termination character
row of the center point
Table 8-14: Circle Record Structure
Available Fill Patterns for Polygons and Circles:
0
no pattern
1
solid black
2
6% black
3
12% black
4
25% black
5
38% black
6
50% black
7
little diamonds
8
little circles
9
right diagonal lines
10
left diagonal lines
11
small grid
Figure 8-2: Fill Patterns
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Examples (Spaces have been added in the record structure for readability):
1. Triangle
The record:
1 X 11 000 0010 0010 P 001 0001 0040 0025 0010 0040<CR>
Produces a triangle with no fill pattern:
(row 0040, column 0025)
(row 0010, column 0010)
(row 0010, column 0040)
2. Rectangle with Fill
The record:
1 X 11 004 0010 0010 P 001 0001 0050 0010 0050 0200 0010
0200<CR>
Produces a rectangle filled with pattern 4 (25% black):
(row 0010, column 0010)
(row 0050, column 0200)
3. Circle
The record:
1 X 11 000 0100 0100 C 001 0001 0025<CR>
Produces a circle centered at row 0100, column 0100 with a radius of 0025 and no fill
pattern:
4. Circle with Fill
The record:
1 X 11 009 0100 0100 C 001 0001 0025<CR>
Produces a circle centered at row 0100, column 0100 with a radius of 0025 and filled with
pattern 9 (right diagonal lines):
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Appendix A
ASCII Control Chart
Ctrl @
Ctrl A
Ctrl B
Ctrl C
Ctrl D
Ctrl E
Ctrl F
Ctrl G
Ctrl H
Ctrl I
Ctrl J
Ctrl K
Ctrl L
Ctrl M
Ctrl N
Ctrl O
Ctrl P
Ctrl Q
Ctrl R
Ctrl S
Ctrl T
Ctrl U
Ctrl V
Ctrl W
Ctrl X
Ctrl Y
Ctrl Z
Ctrl [
Ctrl \
Ctrl ]
Ctrl ^
Ctrl _
Char
NUL
SOH
STX
EXT
EOT
ENQ
ACK
BEL
BS
HT
LF
VT
FF
CR
SO
SI
DLE
DC1
DC2
DC3
DC4
NAK
SYN
ETB
CAN
EM
SUB
ESC
FS
GS
RS
US
Dec
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
Hex
00
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
0A
0B
0C
0D
0E
0F
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
1A
1B
1C
1D
1E
1F
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Char
!
“
#
$
%
&
Ô
(
)
*
+
,
.
/
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
:
;
<
=
>
?
Dec
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
Hex
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
2A
2B
2C
2D
2E
2F
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
3A
3B
3C
3D
3E
3F
Char
@
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
[
\
]
^
_
Dec
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
Hex
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
4A
4B
4C
4D
4E
4F
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
5A
5B
5C
5D
5E
5F
Char
`
a
b
c
d
e
f
g
h
i
j
k
l
m
n
o
p
q
r
s
t
u
v
w
x
y
z
{
|
}
~
Dec
96
97
98
99
100
101
102
103
104
105
106
107
108
109
110
111
112
113
114
115
116
117
118
119
120
121
122
123
124
125
126
127
Hex
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
6A
6B
6C
6D
6E
6F
70
71
72
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
7A
7B
7C
7D
7E
7F
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ASCII Control Chart (continued)
Char
Ç
ü
é
â
ä
à
å
ç
ê
ë
è
ï
î
ì
Ä
Å
É
æ
Æ
ô
ö
ò
û
ù
ÿ
Ö
Ü
ø
£
Ø
x
ƒ
Dec
128
129
130
131
132
133
134
135
136
137
138
139
140
141
142
143
144
145
146
147
148
149
150
151
152
153
154
155
156
157
158
159
Hex
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
8A
8B
8C
8D
8E
8F
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
9A
9B
9C
9D
9E
9F
Char
á
í
ó
ú
ñ
Ñ
ª
°
¿
®
1/2
1/4
¡
¯
²
³
´
Á
Â
À
©
¹
»
¢
¥
Dec
160
161
162
163
164
165
166
167
168
169
170
171
172
173
174
175
176
177
178
179
180
181
182
183
184
185
186
187
188
189
190
191
Hex
A0
A1
A2
A3
A4
A5
A6
A7
A8
A9
AA
AB
AC
AD
AE
AF
B0
B1
B2
B3
B4
B5
B6
B7
B8
B9
BA
BB
BC
BD
BE
BF
Char
ã
Ã
ð
Ð
Ê
Ë
È
Í
Î
Ï
Ì
Dec
192
193
194
195
196
197
198
199
200
201
202
203
204
205
206
207
208
209
210
211
212
213
214
215
216
217
218
219
220
221
222
223
Hex
C0
C1
C2
C3
C4
C5
C6
C7
C8
C9
CA
CB
CC
CD
CE
CF
D0
D1
D2
D3
D4
D5
D6
D7
D8
D9
DA
DB
DC
DD
DE
DF
Char
Ó
ß
Ô
Ò
õ
Õ
µ
þ
Þ
Ú
Û
Ù
ý
Ý
±
3/4
÷
¸
º
¨
·
Dec
224
225
226
227
228
229
230
231
232
233
234
235
236
237
238
239
240
241
242
243
244
245
246
247
248
249
250
251
252
253
254
255
Hex
E0
E1
E2
E3
E4
E5
E6
E7
E8
E9
EA
EB
EC
ED
EE
EF
F0
F1
F2
F3
F4
F5
F6
F7
F8
F9
FA
FB
FC
FD
FE
FF
Notes: (1) For hardware handshake XON/XOFF commands:
XON = Ctrl Q (DC1)
XOFF = Ctrl S (DC3)
(2) The Euro
character has been added to the table above at 255 (FF) as a Datamax
standard for internal bit-mapped fonts 0,1,2,3,4,5,6, and 9 (CG Triumvirate).
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Appendix B
Sample Programs
Basic Language Program
The following sample Basic program is included for reference. Values are assigned to the variables in
the main section and sent to the printer in the section titled ‘Send Data’. The sample below shows the
output generated by this program.
START:
OPEN “COM1:9600,N,8,1,FOR RANDOM” AS #1
MAIN:
CLS
PRINT “DMX Printer Test Program (press any key)”
WHILE I$= ““
I$=INKEY$
WEND
desc$=“10K OHM 1/4 WATT”
pcs=590
SENDDATA:
CR$ = CHR$(13)
PRINT #1, CHR$(2);”L”; CR$;
PRINT #1”,H07”;CR$;
‘set burn time to 7
PRINT #1”,D11”;CR$;
‘set for 300 DPI
PRINT #1”,191100801000025”;desc$;CR$;
‘send description line
PRINT #1”,1a6210000000050”;pcs; CR$;
‘send barcode
PRINT #1”,E”;CR$;
‘ end of format and print
GOTO MAIN
10K OHM 1/4 WATT
Figure B-1: Sample Label
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Appendix B
‘C’ Language Program
The following sample ‘C’ program is included for reference. Figure B-1 shows the output generated
by this program.
/ DMX SERIES Sample C program /
# include <stdio.h>
main ()
{
char pcs = “590”;
char desc = “10K OHM 1/4 WATT”;
fputs (“DMX Printer Test Program\n”, stdout);
fputs (“\x02L\n”, stdaux);
fputs (“H07\n” stdaux);
fputs (“D11\n”, stdaux);
/ STX L – Enter Label Formatting /
/ Enter Heat Setting of 7 /
/ Set Width and Height Dot Size /
fprintf (stdaux, “191108010000025%s\n”,desc);
/ Select smooth Font /
fprintf (stdaux, “1a6210000000050%sPCS\n”, pcs); / Select Barcode type ‘a’ /
fputs (“E\n”, stdaux);
/ End Label format mode and print /
}
ASCII text file
This ASCII text file will also generate the label shown in Figure B-1.
^BL
H07
D11
19110080100002510K OHM 1/4 WATT<CR>
1a6210000000050590PCS<CR>
E<CR>
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Appendix B
VB Application Generating DPL
The following sample is a Visual Basic program that displays a database record on the screen. A
user can scroll through the records and then print a selected one. Five barcodes are printed along
with data fields and headings.
‘Printer DPL Controls
Dim CharSet As String
Const StartLabel = “L”
Const EndLabel = “E”
Const PrintDensity = “D11”
‘<STX> byte
‘Printer DPL Data to position dynamic information on label
Const OrderTxt = “191100704150010”
‘font 9, 24 pt
Const OrderBC = “1a6205004200120”
Const CustomerTxt = “191100603600010”
Const
Const
Const
Const
Item1NO = “191100403250010”
Item1BC = “1a6204002870010”
Item1Txt = “191100402690010”
Item1Qty = “191100603070260”
‘DPL Fixed Items on label
Const Itm1 = “191100303400010Item #”
Const Qty1 = “191100303400250Quantity”
Const Boxsize = “B065035002002”
Const BoxPos1 = “1X1100003050240”
Const Image1 = “1Y3300004750010SLANT1”
Dim Fixed As String
‘Item Variables
Dim Item1 As String
Dim PrintLabel As String
Dim OrderData As String
‘Print label by clicking print button with the mouse
Private Sub cmdPrint_Click()
‘Concatenate all the dynamic data fields with the constant header
strings, terminated with <cr> Chr$(13)
OrderData = OrderTxt & txtOrderNo.Text & Chr$(13) & OrderBC &
txtOrderNo.Text & Chr$(13) & CustomerTxt & txtCustomer.Text
Item1 = Item1NO & txtItem1.Text & Chr$(13) & Item1BC &
txtItem1.Text & Chr$(13) & Item1Txt & txtItem1Desc.Text & Chr$(13)
& Item1Qty & txtItem1Qty.Text
‘Concatinate entire label format and send out serial port
PrintLabel = CharSet & MaxLength & Chr$(13) & CharSet &
StartLabel & Chr$(13) & PrintDensity & Chr$(13) & Image1 &
Chr$(13) & OrderData & Chr$(13) & Item1 & Chr$(13) & Fixed &
Chr$(13) & EndLabel
Comm1.Output = PrintLabel
End Sub
‘Display the record form on the screen
Private Sub Form_Load()
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Fixed = Itm1 & Chr$(13) & Chr$(13) & Qty1 & Chr$(13) & Chr$(13)
& BoxPos1 & Boxsize & Chr$(13)
CharSet = Chr$(126)
‘Alternate <stx> character ~
MComm.PortOpen = 1
‘Open the serial port
End Sub
‘Exit the program by clicking Exit button with the mouse
Private Sub cmdExit_Click()
Comm1.PortOpen = 0
‘Close down the serial port
End
End Sub
‘Exit the program by clicking Exit button with the mouse
Private Sub cmdExit_Click()
Comm1.PortOpen = 0
‘Close down the serial port
End
End Sub
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Appendix B
VB Application interfacing via Windows Driver
Create a form similar to the one shown here.
VERSION 5.00
Begin VB.Form Form1
Caption
=
“Datamax Test Print”
ClientHeight
=
1065
ClientLeft
=
60
ClientTop
=
345
ClientWidth
=
2325
LinkTopic
=
“Form1”
MaxButton
=
0
‘False
MinButton
=
0
‘False
ScaleHeight
=
1065
ScaleWidth
=
2325
StartUpPosition =
3 ‘Windows Default
Begin VB.ComboBox cmboFonts
Height
=
315
Left
=
90
TabIndex
=
2
Text
=
“Font List”
Top
=
45
Width
=
2130
End
Begin VB.CommandButton cmdExit
Caption
=
“Quit”
Height
=
465
Left
=
1350
TabIndex
=
1
Top
=
495
Width
=
825
End
Begin VB.CommandButton cmdPrint
Caption
=
“Print”
Height
=
465
Left
=
90
TabIndex
=
0
Top
=
495
Width
=
870
End
End
Attribute VB_Name = “Form1”
Attribute VB_GlobalNameSpace = False
Attribute VB_Creatable = False
Attribute VB_PredeclaredId = True
Attribute VB_Exposed = False
‘Print label by clicking print button with the mouse
Private Sub cmdPrint_Click()
‘font name as seen in application font list box
‘if not found, driver will inform GDI to generate an
‘image that will be downloaded
Printer.FontName = cmboFonts.Text
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‘1,440 twips equals one inch
Printer.Height = 6480
‘4.5 inches in twips
Printer.Width = 5760
‘4 inches in twips
Printer.CurrentX = 1440
‘1 inch (column position)
Printer.CurrentY = 2160
‘2 inches (row position)
Printer.Print “0123456789”
Printer.EndDoc
End Sub
Private Sub Form_Load()
Dim X As Printer
Dim I As Integer ‘Used for the font list
‘ search for printer queue name / driver name
For Each X In Printers
If X.DeviceName = “Datamax I-4206” Then ‘printer found
‘ Set printer as system default.
Set Printer = X
For I = 0 To Printer.FontCount - 1 ‘ Determine number of fonts.
cmboFonts.AddItem Printer.Fonts(I)
‘ Put each font into list
box.
Next I
Exit For
End If
Next
End Sub
‘Exit the program and shut down the serial port
‘by clicking Exit button with the mouse
Private Sub cmdExit_Click()
End
End Sub
When the program is run, the combo box should be populated with the available fonts as shown below.
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Appendix B
VB Application interfacing via Windows Driver
This is a sample Visual Basic program that checks for any printer driver attached to “LPT1:”. If one
is installed then a DPL file can be printed via the print driver. Note that this does not have to be a
Datamax DPL print driver. DPL is created by the application and sent to LPT1.
To begin, a global variable called SelPrinter must be defined as a string. Then use the following
code to create a .frm file.
VERSION 5.00
Object = “{F9043C88-F6F2-101A-A3C9-08002B2F49FB}#1.2#0”; “comdlg32.ocx”
Begin VB.Form Form1
Caption
=
“Form1”
ClientHeight
=
1290
ClientLeft
=
165
ClientTop
=
735
ClientWidth
=
3750
LinkTopic
=
“Form1”
MaxButton
=
0
‘False
MinButton
=
0
‘False
ScaleHeight
=
1290
ScaleWidth
=
3750
StartUpPosition =
3 ‘Windows Default
Begin MSComDlg.CommonDialog CommonDialog1
Left
=
1635
Top
=
765
_ExtentX
=
847
_ExtentY
=
847
_Version
=
393216
End
Begin VB.CommandButton cmdClose
Cancel
=
-1 ‘True
Caption
=
“Close”
Height
=
372
Left
=
2400
TabIndex
=
3
Top
=
735
Width
=
972
End
Begin VB.CommandButton cmdStoreImage
Caption
=
“Print”
Default
=
-1 ‘True
Height
=
372
Left
=
240
TabIndex
=
2
Top
=
735
Width
=
972
End
Begin VB.TextBox txtFile
Height
=
288
Left
=
120
TabIndex
=
1
Top
=
360
Width
=
3492
End
Begin VB.Label Label1
Caption
=
“File Name”
Height
=
255
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Left
TabIndex
Top
Width
=
=
=
=
120
0
135
1455
End
Begin VB.Menu File
Caption
=
“&File”
Begin VB.Menu open
Caption
=
“&Open”
End
Begin VB.Menu exit
Caption
=
“&Exit”
Shortcut
=
^Q
End
End
End
Attribute VB_Name = “Form1”
Attribute VB_GlobalNameSpace = False
Attribute VB_Creatable = False
Attribute VB_PredeclaredId = True
Attribute VB_Exposed = False
Option Explicit
‘**********************************
‘** Type Definitions:
#If Win32 Then
Private Type DOC_INFO_1
pDocName As String
pOutputFile As String
pDatatype As String
End Type
#End If ‘WIN32 Types
‘**********************************
‘** Function Declarations:
#If Win32 Then
Private Declare Function OpenPrinter& Lib “winspool.drv” Alias “OpenPrinterA”
(ByVal pPrinterName As String, phPrinter As Long, ByVal pDefault As Long) ‘
Third param changed to long
Private Declare Function StartDocPrinter& Lib “winspool.drv” Alias
“StartDocPrinterA” (ByVal hPrinter As Long, ByVal Level As Long, pDocInfo As
DOC_INFO_1)
Private Declare Function StartPagePrinter& Lib “winspool.drv” (ByVal hPrinter
As Long)
Private Declare Function WritePrinter& Lib “winspool.drv” (ByVal hPrinter As
Long, pBuf As Any, ByVal cdBuf As Long, pcWritten As Long)
Private Declare Function EndDocPrinter& Lib “winspool.drv” (ByVal hPrinter As
Long)
Private Declare Function EndPagePrinter& Lib “winspool.drv” (ByVal hPrinter
As Long)
Private Declare Function ClosePrinter& Lib “winspool.drv” (ByVal hPrinter As
Long)
#End If ‘WIN32
Dim ch As String * 1, f1 As Integer, loadfile As String
Private Sub cmdOpenFile_Click()
On Error GoTo ErrHandler
‘ Set Filters
CommonDialog1.Filter = “All Files (*.*)|*.*”
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‘Specify Default Filter
CommonDialog1.FilterIndex = 1
‘Display Open dialog box
CommonDialog1.ShowOpen
loadfile = CommonDialog1.FileName
Label2.Caption = loadfile
Exit Sub
ErrHandler:
Exit Sub
End Sub
Private Sub cmdStoreImage_Click()
Dim hPrinter&
Dim jobid&
Dim res&
Dim written&
Dim printdata$
Dim docinfo As DOC_INFO_1
loadfile = Form1.txtFile.Text
If loadfile = ““ Then
MsgBox “You must Open a file to send”, vbExclamation
Exit Sub
End If
‘ Open file.
f1 = FreeFile
Open loadfile For Binary As f1
‘ Open printer for printing
res& = OpenPrinter(SelPrinter, hPrinter, 0)
If res = 0 Then
MsgBox “Unable to open the printer”
Exit Sub
End If
docinfo.pDocName = “MyDoc”
docinfo.pOutputFile = vbNullString
docinfo.pDatatype = vbNullString
jobid = StartDocPrinter(hPrinter, 1, docinfo)
Call StartPagePrinter(hPrinter)
Call WritePrinter(hPrinter, ByVal printdata$, Len(printdata$), written)
While Not EOF(1)
Get #f1, , ch
printdata$ = ch
Call WritePrinter(hPrinter, ByVal printdata$, Len(printdata$),
written)
Wend
Call EndPagePrinter(hPrinter)
Call EndDocPrinter(hPrinter)
Call ClosePrinter(hPrinter) ‘ Close when done
‘ Close file
Close #1
MsgBox “File sent to print spooler.”, vbExclamation
End Sub
Private Sub cmdClose_Click()
Unload Me
End Sub
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Private Sub exit_Click()
End
End Sub
Private Sub Form_Load()
Dim X As Printer
‘ search for printer queue name / driver name
For Each X In Printers
If X.Port = “LPT1:” Then ‘printer found
‘ Set printer as system default.
SelPrinter = X.DeviceName
Exit For
End If
Next
End Sub
Private Sub lpt2_Click()
End Sub
Private Sub open_Click()
CommonDialog1.ShowOpen
loadfile = CommonDialog1.FileName
txtFile.Text = loadfile
End Sub
Private Sub Printer_Click()
CommonDialog1.ShowPrinter
End Sub
This will create the form pictured below.
Note: It may be necessary to remove and reinsert the common dialog control due to Windows
registry issues.
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®
Appendix C
Available Font Sizes, Referencing and Samples
All character bit-mapped fonts available on the printers are described in this section. Each font has a
name (Font ID) associated with it for use in programming. Use the Font Number (in the left column of
Table C-1) in field b of the Format Record header to cause the printer to use the corresponding font.
Fonts 0 through 8 use the slash zero (Ø) conventions for distinguishing between the zero and the
alphabetic O. The slash can be removed with the label-formatting command Z. These fonts are nonproportional (monospaced). Therefore, all of the characters take up the same amount of space when
printed. This is helpful when using variable data in a fixed area. The sizes of these fonts are shown on the
following pages.
The CG Triumvirate font number 9 is a proportional font. Each character will take up a different amount
of space when printed. For example, the letter W will be wider than the letter I.
Font
Number
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
9
Use with Record
Structure Type
Valid ASCII Characters (decimal)
32-127
32-168, 171, 172, 225
32-168, 171, 172, 225
32, 35-38, 40-58, 65-90, 128, 142-144, 146, 153, 154, 156, 157, 165, 168, 225
32, 35-38, 40-58, 65-90, 128, 142-144, 146, 153, 154, 156, 157, 165, 168, 225
32, 35-38, 40-58, 65-90, 128, 142-144, 146, 153, 154, 156, 157, 165, 168, 225
32, 35-38, 40-58, 65-90, 128, 142-144, 146, 153, 154, 156, 157, 165, 168, 225
32-126
32, 48-57, 60, 62, 67, 69, 78, 83, 84, 88, 90
32-126, 128-169, 171-173, 181-184, 189, 190, 198, 199, 208-216, 222, 224237, 241, 243, 246-250
Dependent upon selected symbol set; see Appendix H.
Internal
Bit-Mapped
Fonts
Smooth Font
Scalable Font
Table C-1: Valid Human-Readable Font (Internal) ASCII Characters
Font sizes are dependent upon the printhead resolution of the printer used; Tables C-2 and C-3 list the
font sizes by resolution with dimensions given in dots.
Font
Font 0
Font 1
Font 2
Font 3
Font 4
Font 5
Font 6
Font 7
Font 8
Height
7
13
18
27
36
52
64
32
28
Width
5
7
10
14
18
18
32
15
15
Spacing
1
2
2
2
3
3
4
5
5
Point Size
2.5
4.6
6.4
9.6
12.8
18.4
22.7
11.3
9.9
Table C-2: Font Sizes - 203 DPI Resolution
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Font
Font 0
Font 1
Font 2
Font 3
Font 4
Font 5
Font 6
Font 7
Font 8
Height
10
19
27
40
53
77
95
47
41
Width
7
10
15
21
27
27
47
22
22
Spacing
1
3
3
3
4
4
6
7
7
Point Size
2.4
4.6
6.5
9.6
12.7
18.5
22.8
11.3
9.8
Table C-3: Font Sizes - 300 DPI Resolution
Internal Smooth Font 9 (Smooth Font) Point Size Specifiers
Label format records with font code 9 (in Format Record header field b) can specify any of the font sizes
in the leftmost column of the table below. The corresponding specification in either column labeled Ann
or 0nn is used in the font size/selection (eee height) field to select the desired font size. Optional font sets
may contain subsets of those described here. For an optional font set that generates these fonts via
scalable font technology, the character mapping for this font is the selected scalable symbol set (see
Appendix E).
In the sample format below, a 300 DPI printer will use 4-point smooth font to produce a printed label
with the words “four point font”. Sample format:
<STX>L<CR>
1911A0400100010four point font<CR>
E<CR>
Point Size
4
5
6
8
10
12
14
18
24
30
36
48
72
3
4
Smooth Font 9 Font Size Specification Syntax
Ann
[3]
E4203 / E4204
E4304[4]
A04
A05
A06
A06
A08
A08
A10
A10
A12
A12
A14
A14
A18
A18
A24
A24
A30
A30
A36
A36
A48
A48
A72
0nn
001
002
003
004
005
006
007
008
009
010
-
All fonts greater than A36 are created from multiples of smaller fonts, 2x or 3x, as available.
All fonts greater than A24 are created from multiples of smaller fonts, 2x or 3x, as available.
Table C-4: Internal Bit-Mapped (Smooth Font) 9 Size Chart
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Internal Bit-Mapped and Smooth Font Samples
The identifying number is used in the Format Record header field b to cause the printer to use the
corresponding font.
0: Identifies a 96-character alphanumeric font, uppercase and lowercase.
1: Identifies a 145-character uppercase and lowercase alphanumeric font that includes desenders
and ascenders.
2: Identifies a 138-character alphanumeric upper and lowercase font.
3: Identifies a 62-character alphanumeric uppercase font.
4: Identifies a 62-character alphanumeric uppercase font.
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5: Identifies a 62-character alphanumeric upper case font.
6: Identifies a 62-character alphanumeric uppercase font.
7: Identifies a font that prints OCR-A, size I.
8: Identifies a font that prints OCR-B, size III.
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9: Identifies the Internal CG Triumvirate font. Point sizes are selected by the number in the
Format Record header eee height field, see Table C-4.
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Appendix D
Error Codes
The most common transmitted error codes are:
Lowercase “c”
The printer received a data byte from the host computer that contained a framing error (corrupted
data - usually due to noise).
Uppercase “I”
An invalid command sequence was sent to the printer. The printer did not understand the command
sequence and terminated the command interpreter.
Uppercase “R”
This code is sent every time the printer is turned ‘On’, signaling a hardware reset.
Uppercase “T”
This code signals a software reset. A software reset is made by sending the command sequence to the
printer or by performing a reset using the front panel buttons.
Lowercase “v”
There is an input buffer overflow situation, caused when an overflow of data is sent to the printer.
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Appendix E
Single-Byte Symbol Sets
The following tables include some of the standard symbol sets. Not all of these symbol sets can be used
with every font. Symbol sets containing the Euro currency character are W1, WE, WG, WL, WR, and
WT; see Appendix I, and the <STX>y command.
Note: The following sets were produced using a Windows-based PC-compatible with an English
(United States) keyboard properties layout. Results may vary if printing this document using a
different input locale.
(DN) ISO 60: Danish / Norwegian Symbol Set
00
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
A
B
C
D
E
F
0
@
P
‘
p
!
1
A
Q
a
q
“
2
B
R
b
r
#
3
C
S
c
s
$
4
D
T
d
t
%
5
E
U
e
u
&
6
F
V
f
v
‘
7
G
W
g
w
(
8
H
X
h
x
)
9
I
Y
i
y
*
:
J
Z
j
z
+
;
K
Æ
k
æ
,
<
L
Ø
l
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=
M
Å
m
å
.
>
N
^
n
¯
/
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▒
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00
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
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B0
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D0
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(E1) ISO 8859/1 Latin 1 Symbol Set
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1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
A
B
C
D
E
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Appendix F
Bar Code Summary Data
Barcode fonts have alpha names (left column, below). Uppercase alpha names will print barcodes with
human-readable interpretations, if supported. Lowercase alpha names will print barcodes only. Place the
ID in field b of the Format Record header to cause the printer to encode the data field using the associated
barcode symbology; see Appendix G for details. See Table F-2 for default values.
Bar Code
ID
Type
Length Checksum
Valid ASCII Characters, decimal
value representation
A/a
B/b
Code 3 of 9
UPC-A
Varies
11
No
Yes
C/c
D/d
E/e
F/f
UPC-E
Interleaved 2 of 5 (I 2 of 5)
Code 128
EAN-13
6
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12
Yes
No
M-103
Yes
G/g
H/h
I/i
J/j
K/k
EAN-8
Health Industry Bar Code
Codabar
I 2 of 5 with modulo 10 checksum
Plessey
7
Varies
Varies
Varies
Up to 14
Yes
M-43
No
M-10
M-10
L/l
I 2 of 5 with modulo 10 checksum &
bearer bars
2 digit UPC addendum
5 digit UPC addendum
Code 93
Postnet
UCC/EAN Code 128
UCC/EAN Code 128
K-Mart NON EDI bar code
UCC/EAN Code 128 Random Weight
Telepen
UPS MaxiCode
UPS MaxiCode with Byte Count
FIM
PDF417
PDF417 with Byte Count
DataMatrix
DataMatrix with Byte Count
QR Code – Auto format
QR Code – Manual format
Aztec
Aztec with Byte Count
TCIF Linked Barcode 3 of 9 (TLC39)
MicroPDF417
MicroPDF417 with Byte Count
13
M-10
2
5
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18
Yes
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48-57 Numeric only
48-57 Numeric only
35-38, 42-58, 65-90, 97-122
48-57 Numeric only
48-57 Numeric only
48-57 Numeric only
34 +
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Yes
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
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Yes
Yes
48-57 Numeric only
Alphanumeric
Alphanumeric
Alphanumeric
A, B, C, D
All
All
All 8-bit values
All 8-bit values
Alphanumeric
Single-byte or Kanji double-byte
All 8-bit values
All 8-bit values
Alphanumeric
All 8-bit values
All 8-bit values
M/m
N/n
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p
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v
z
Z
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W1C
W1d
W1D
W1f
W1F
W1T
W1z
W1Z
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48-57 Numeric only
Option V used in the 6th & 7th position
48-57 Numeric only
48-57 Numeric only
32-127
48-57 Numeric only.
Option V used in the 7th & 8th position
48-57 Numeric only
32, 36-39, 42, 43, 45-57, 65-90
36, 43, 45-58, 65-68
48-57 Numeric only
48-57 Numeric only. Option + is Last
Character for Second M-11 Checksum
48-57 Numeric only
Table F-1: Bar Code Summary Data
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Appendix F
Bar Code Default Widths and Heights
Bar Code ID
A/a
B/b
C/c
D/d
E/e
F/f
G/g
H/h
I/i
J/j
K/k
L/l
M/m
N/n
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p
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v
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W1D / W1d
W1F / W1f
W1T
W1Z / W1z
203 DPI Resolution
Height (inches)
Ratio/Module Size
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N/A
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1
Module size: Dots / inches / mm
n/a / 1x1 / 25.4x25.4 (overall symbol)
2x6 / .01x.03 / .22x.66
4x4 / .02x.02 / .44x.44
4x4 / .02x.02 / .44x.44
4x4 / .02x.02 / .44x.44
2x6 / .01x.03 / .22x.66
2x6 / .01x.03 / .22x.66
300 DPI Resolution
Height (inches)
Ratio/Module Size
.40
9:4
.80
4
.80
4
.40
9:4
.40
4
.80
4
.80
4
.40
9:4
.40
9:4
.40
9:4
.40
9:4
1.30
9:4
.90
4
.80
4
.40
4
.08
N/A
1.40
4
1.40
4
1.40
3
.80
1
.5
1
Module size: Dots / inches / mm
n/a / 1x1 / 25.4x25.4 (overall symbol)
3x9 / .01x.03 / .21x.63
6x6 / .02x.02 / .42x.42
6x6 / .02x.02 / .42x.42
6x6 / .02x.02 / .42x.42
3x9 / .01x.03 / .21x.63
3x9 / .01x.03 / .21x.63
Table F-2: Barcode Default Data
Note: Some barcodes will be sensitive to the label command Dwh (Set Width and Height Dot Size),
see Label-Formatting Commands.
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Bar Code Details
Unless noted, all barcodes shown here were produced using the ratio/module values of 00 and height
fields of 000 to cause the printer to produce symbols using default bar widths and height fields. See
Appendix F for a listing of the default values.
A: Code 3 of 9
Valid Characters: 0 – 9, A – Z - .* $ / + % and the space character.
Variable Length.
Valid bar dimensions: The expected ratio of wide to narrow bars can range from 2:1 to 3:1.
The following example prints a code 3 of 9 bar code with a wide to narrow bar ratio of 3:1:
<STX>L
D11
1A00000001501000123456789<CR>
121100000000100Barcode A<CR>
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B: UPC-A
Valid Characters: 0 – 9
Length: Twelve digits. If the user provides 11 digits, the printer will compute the checksum; or, if the
user provides the checksum, the printer verifies it against an expected checksum. When these
checksums do not match, all zeros will be printed along with the expected checksum. See Appendix
N.
Valid bar dimensions: The fourth character of record is the width of the narrow bar in dots. All other
bars are a ratio of the narrow bar (2 times, 3 times, and 4 times the narrow bar width).
The following example prints a UPC-A bar code:
<STX>L
D11
1B000000015010001234567890<CR>
121100000000100Barcode B<CR>
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C: UPC-E
Valid Characters: 0 – 9
Length: Seven digits. If the user provides six digits, the printer will compute the checksum; or, if the
user provides the checksum, the printer verifies it against an expected checksum. When these
checksums do not match, all zeros will be printed along with the expected checksum.
Valid bar dimensions: The fourth character of record is the width of the narrow bar in dots. All other
bars are a ratio of the narrow bar (2 times, 3 times, and 4 times the narrow bar width).
The following example prints a UPC-E bar code:
<STX>L
D11
1C0000000150100012345<CR>
121100000000100Barcode C<CR>
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D: Interleaved 2 of 5
Valid Characters: 0 – 9
Variable Length.
Valid bar dimensions: The expected ratio of wide to narrow bars can range from 2:1 to 3:1.
The following example prints an I 2 of 5 bar code with a wide to narrow bar ratio of 3:1:
<STX>L
D11
1D000000015010001234567890<CR>
121100000000100Barcode D<CR>
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E: Code 128
Valid Characters: All ASCII characters.
Variable Length
Valid bar dimensions: The fourth character of record is the width of the narrow bar in dots. All other
bars are a ratio of the narrow bar (2 times the narrow bar width, 3 times the narrow bar width, and 4
times the narrow bar width).
This printer supports Code 128 subsets A, B, and C. The selection can start on any code subset and
switch to another subset within the data stream. The default subset is B; otherwise, the first character
(A, B, C) of the data field determines the subset. Subset switching is only performed in response to
code switch command. These commands are placed in the data to be encoded at appropriate
locations, see Table G-1.
Code 128 Subset A: Includes all of the standard uppercase alphanumeric keyboard characters
plus the control and special characters. To select Code 128 Subset A, place an ASCII A (DEC
65, HEX 41) before the data to be encoded.
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Code 128 Subset B: Includes all of the standard uppercase alphanumeric keyboard characters
plus the lowercase alphabetic and special characters. To select Code 128 Subset B, place an
ASCII B (DEC 66, HEX 42) before the data to be encoded. If no start character is sent for the
128 font, Code 128 Subset B will be selected by default.
Code 128 Subset C: Includes the set of 100 digit pairs from 00 through 99 inclusive, as well as
special characters. Code 128 Subset C is used for double density encoding of numeric data. To
select Code 128 Subset C, place an ASCII C (DEC 67, HEX 43) before the data to be encoded.
Subset C can only encode an even number of numeric characters. When the data to be encoded
includes an odd number of numeric characters, the last character causes the printer to
automatically generate a ‘switch to subset B’ and encode the last character appropriately in
subset B.
Note: It is recommended that a B character be used as the first character in order to prevent
an A or C from changing the subset.
Special Character Handling: Characters with an ASCII value greater than 95 are considered special
characters. To access these values, a two-character reference table is built into the printer, see table
below. As an example, to encode FNC2 into a Code 128 Subset A bar code, send the ASCII & (DEC
38, HEX 26) followed by an ASCII B (DEC 66, HEX 41). Code FNC2 will be encoded.
Example: ATEST&B123
ASCII
Data Encoded: TEST<FNC2>123
2 CHAR
96
97
98
99
100
101
102
CODE B
CODE C
&A
FNC3
FNC3
&B
FNC2
FNC2
&C
SHIFT
SHIFT
&D
CODEC
CODEC
&E
CODEB
FNC4
&F
FNC4
CODEA
&G
FNC1
FNC1
Table G-1: Special Character Handling
CODE A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
CODEB
CODEA
FNC1
Control Codes: Control character encoding into Code 128 Subset A by sending these control codes:
`
a through z
{
|
}
~
ASCII 127
=
=
=
=
=
=
=
NUL
1 – 26
ESC
FS
GS
RS
US
The following example prints a Code 128 bar code:
<STX>L
D11
1E000000015010001234567890<CR>
121100000000100Barcode E<CR>
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F: EAN-13
Valid Characters: 0 – 9
Length: Thirteen digits. If the user provides 12 digits, the printer will compute the checksum; or, if
the user provides the checksum, the printer verifies it against an expected checksum. When these
checksums do not match, all zeros will be printed along with the expected checksum. See Appendix
Q.
Valid bar dimensions: The fourth character of record is the width of the narrow bar in dots. All other
bars are a ratio of the narrow bar (2 times, 3 times, and 4 times the narrow bar width).
The following example prints an EAN-13 bar code:
<STX>L
D11
1F0000000150100012345678901<CR>
121100000000100Barcode F<CR>
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G: EAN-8
Valid Characters: 0 – 9
Length: Eight digits. If the user provides 7 digits, the printer will compute the checksum; or, if the
user provides the checksum, the printer verifies it against an expected checksum. When these
checksums do not match, all zeros will be printed along with the expected checksum.
Valid bar dimensions: The fourth character of record is the width of the narrow bar in dots. All other
bars are a ratio of the narrow bar (2 times, 3 times, and 4 times the narrow bar width).
The following example prints an EAN-8 bar code:
<STX>L
D11
1G00000001501000123456<CR>
121100000000100Barcode G<CR>
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H: Health Industry Bar Code (HIBC; Code 39 bar code with a modulo 43 checksum)
Valid Characters: 0 – 9, A – Z, -, $, /, ., %, +
Variable Length.
Valid bar dimensions: The expected ratio of wide to narrow bars can range from 2:1 to 3:1. The host
must supply the leading plus character (+).
The following example prints a HIBC bar code with a wide to narrow bar ratio of 3:1:
<STX>L
D11
1H0000000150050+0123456789<CR>
121100000000100Barcode H<CR>
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I: Codabar
Valid Characters: 0 – 9, A – D - . $ : / +
Variable Length (requiring at least three characters).
Valid bar dimensions: The expected ratio of wide to narrow bars can range from 2:1 to 3:1. Valid
symbols require start and stop characters (A – D). These characters should be placed in the data field
along with the data to be included in the symbol.
The following example prints a Codabar bar code with a wide to narrow bar ratio of 3:1:
<STX>L
D11
1I63040001501000A1234567890D<CR>
121100000000100Barcode I<CR>
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Barcode I
J: Interleaved 2 of 5 with a modulo 10 checksum.
Valid Characters: 0 – 9
Variable Length.
Valid bar dimensions: The expected ratio of wide to narrow bars can range from 2:1 to 3:1.
The following example prints an I2 of 5 bar code with a modulo 10 checksum added and a wide to
narrow bar ratio of 3:1:
<STX>L
D11
1J000000015010001234567890<CR>
121100000000100Barcode J<CR>
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K: Plessey
Valid Characters: 0 – 9
Length: One to 14 digits.
Valid bar dimensions: The expected ratio of wide to narrow bars can range from 2:1 to 3:1. If a plus
character (+) is the last data character, an additional MSI checksum will be added to the bar code in
place of the plus character.
The following example prints a Plessey bar code with a wide to narrow bar ratio of 3:1:
<STX>L
D11
1K000000015010001234567890<CR>
121100000000100Barcode K<CR>
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L: Interleaved 2 of 5 with a modulo 10 checksum and shipping bearer bars.
Valid Characters: 0 – 9
Variable Length. (For the bearer bars 14 characters are required.)
Valid bar dimensions: The expected ratio of wide to narrow bars can range from 2:1 to 3:1.
The following example prints an I 2 of 5 bar code with a modulo 10 checksum, a wide to narrow bar
ratio of 3:1 and bearer bars:
<STX>L
D11
1L00000001501000123456789012<CR>
121100000000100Barcode L<CR>
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M: 2-digit UPC addendum
Valid Characters: 0 – 9
Length: Two digits.
Valid bar dimensions: The fourth character of record is the width of the narrow bar in dots. All other
bars are a ratio of the narrow bar (2 times, 3 times, and 4 times the narrow bar width). Human
readable characters for this symbology are printed above the bar code symbol.
The following example prints a 2-digit UPC bar code addendum:
<STX>L
D11
1M000000015010042<CR>
121100000000100Barcode M<CR>
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N: 5-digit UPC addendum
Valid Characters: 0 – 9
Length: Five digits.
Valid bar dimensions: The width multiplier is the width of the narrow bar in dots. All other bars are a
ratio of the narrow bar (2 times, 3 times, and 4 times the narrow bar width). Human readable
characters for this symbology are printed above the bar code symbol.
The following example prints a 5-digit UPC bar code addendum:
<STX>L
D11
1N000000015010001234<CR>
121100000000100Barcode N<CR>
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O: Code 93
Valid Characters: 0 – 9, A – Z - . $ / + % and the space character.
Variable Length.
Valid bar dimensions: The width multiplier is the width of the narrow bar in dots. All other bars are a
ratio of the narrow bar (2 times, 3 times, and 4 times the narrow bar width).
The following example prints a Code 93 bar code:
<STX>L
D11
1O0000000150100Datamax42<CR>
121100000000100Barcode O<CR>
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p: Postnet
Valid Characters: 0 – 9
Length: Five, 9, or 11 digits (non-numeric data-bytes are accepted but not encoded).
Valid bar dimensions: The width and height multiplier values of 00 will produce a valid symbol. The
bar code height field is ignored since the symbol height is U.S. Postal Service specific and is used to
produce a zip code on a letter or package for the U.S.P.S.
The following example prints a Postnet bar code:
<STX>L
D11
1p000000015010032569<CR>
121100000000100Barcode p<CR>
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Q: UCC/EAN Code 128
Valid Characters: 0 – 9
Length: Nineteen digits
Valid bar dimensions: The fourth character of record is the width of the narrow bar in dots. All other
bars are a ratio of the narrow bar (2 times, 3 times, and 4 times the narrow bar width). Human
readable characters for this bar code symbology are printed above the bar code symbol. The printer
spreads a weighted module 103 checksum.
The following example prints a UCC/EAN Code 128 bar code:
<STX>L
D11
1Q00000001501000123456789012345678<CR>
121100000000100Barcode Q<CR>
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R: UCC/EAN Code128 K-MART NON EDI bar code.
Valid Characters: 0 – 9
Length: Eighteen digits.
Valid bar dimensions: The fourth character of record is the width of the narrow bar in dots. All other
bars are a ratio of the narrow bar (2 times, 3 times, and 4 times the narrow bar width). Human
readable characters for this bar code symbology are printed above the bar code symbol. This bar code
is set up according to K-MART specifications.
The following example prints a KMART bar code.
<STX>L
D11
1R0000000150100012345678901234567<CR>
121100000000100Barcode R<CR>
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S: UCC/EAN Code 128 Random Weight
Valid Characters: 0 – 9
Length: At least thirty-four digits.
Valid bar dimensions: The fourth character of record is the width of the narrow bar in dots. All other
bars are a ratio of the narrow bar (2 times, 3 times, and 4 times the narrow bar width).
This bar code is commonly used by the food and grocery industry.
The following example prints a UCC/EAN Code 128 Random Weight bar code:
<STX>L
D11<CR>
1S000000015005001100736750292601193042032020018002110123456<CR>
121100000000100Barcode S<CR>
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T: Telepen
Valid Characters: All ASCII characters.
Variable Length
Valid bar dimensions: The fourth character of the record is the width of the narrow bar in dots. All
other bars are a ratio of the narrow bar (2 times, 3 times, and 4 times the narrow bar width).
The following example prints a Telepen bar code:
<STX>L
D11
1T0000000150100ABCDEF<CR>
121100000000100Barcode T<CR>
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Barcode T
u / U: UPS MaxiCode (Modes 2 & 3)
Valid Characters: All ASCII characters.
Variable Length (u): The printer supports MaxiCode as defined in the AIM Technical Specification.
Specified Length (U): Same as variable length; however, with a Byte Count Specifier values 0x00
through 0xFF can be used within the data string without conflicting with the DPL format record
terminators.
The following examples illustrate various label format record message syntaxes for encoding
variable length data and special formatting used to denote special ASCII characters, as shown:
Note: Mode 2 U.S. postal codes of less than nine digits will be padded with zeros.
Symbol:
R
S
G
S
E
OT
Hexadecimal Value:
1E
1D
04
Printer message syntax allows
use of both, EOT<CR>.
E
OT
to be substituted with <CR> or the
MaxiCode fixed field format example:
<STX>L
D11<CR>
1u0000001000100327895555840611THIS PACKAGE IS GOING TO
DATAMAXCORP<CR>
121100000000100Barcode u<CR>
E
Where:
32789 5 digit ASCII, Postal Code
5555
4 digit ASCII, +4 Postal Code
840
3 digit ASCII, Country Code
611
3 digit ASCII, class of service
THIS... 84 ASCII characters maximum, data string
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In the four UPS 3.0 protocol examples that follow, Primary Message control characters GS will not be
encoded in the MaxiCode symbol. All characters, the Secondary Message, with the exception of the
leading GS, in are encoded.
Example 1: UPS 3.0 zip + 4 with Message data format and message header
1u0000001200120[)>RS01GS96841706672GS840GS001GS1Z12345675GSUPSNGS12345EGS0
89GSGS1/1GS10.1GSYGSGSGSUTRSEOT
Where:
[)>RS01GS96
841706672
840
001
G
S1Z1...
...TRSEOT
Message Header
Maximum 9 alphanumeric ASCII, Postal Code
Country Code
Class
Primary message
Secondary message
Example 2: UPS 3.0 international postal code with Message data format and message header
1u0000001200120[)>RS01GS96V6C3E2GS068GS001GS1Z12345675GSUPSNGS12345EGS089G
G
G
G
G G G
R E
S S1/1 S10.1 SY S S SUT S OT
Where:
[)>RS01GS96
V6C3E2
068
001
G
S1Z1...
...TRSEOT
Message Header
Maximum 6 alphanumeric ASCII, International Zip Code
Country Code
Class
Primary message
Secondary message
Example 3: UPS 3.0 international postal code without Message data format and message header
1u0000001200120V6C3E2GS068GS001GS1Z12345675GSUPSNGS12345EGS089GSGS1/1GS10.
1GSYGSGSGSUTRSEOT
Where:
V6C3E2
068
001
G
S1Z1...
...TRSEOT
Maximum 6 alphanumeric ASCII, International Zip Code
Country Code
Class
Primary message
Secondary message
Example 4: UPS 3.0 zip + 4 postal code without Message data format and message header
1u0000001200120327073270GS068GS001GS1Z12345675GSUPSNGS12345EGS089GSGS1/1GS1
0.1GSYGSGSGSUTRSEOT
Where:
32707
3270
068
001
G
S1Z1...
...TRSEOT
5 digit ASCII, Zip Code
4 digit ASCII, + 4 Zip Code (not required)
Country Code
Class
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Secondary message
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Example 5: MaxiCode fixed field format with Byte Count Specifier
The specified length example includes a byte count field for all bytes that follow until the end of the
barcode data. The byte count is 51. The symbology encodes “327895555840666this package<CR>is
going to Datamax”, and prints the barcode. Notice that a <CR> does not terminate the barcode
format record. A line of text is also printed.
<STX>L
D11<CR>
1U00000010001000051327895555840666this package<0x0D>is
going to Datamax
121100000000100Barcode U<CR>
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Barcode U
v: FIM
Valid Characters: A, B, C, or D
Length: One character
Valid bar dimensions: The width and height multiplier works the same as for fonts on this bar code.
This bar code is to display the Facing Identification Mark (FIM) used on certain types of letter mail
for the U S Postal Service:
FIM A: Courtesy reply mail with Postnet.
FIM B: Business reply, penalty or franked mail without Postnet.
FIM C: Business reply, penalty or franked mail with Postnet.
FIM D: OCR readable mail without Postnet (usually used on courtesy reply envelopes).
The following example prints an FIM A bar code:
<STX>L
D11
1v0000000150100A<CR>
121100000000100Barcode v<CR>
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z / Z:
PDF417
Valid Characters: All ASCII characters.
Variable Length (z): This two dimensional barcode holds large amounts of data in a small area, while
providing a high level of redundancy and error checking, if specified.
Specified Length (Z): Same as the variable length; however, with a Byte Count Specifier values 0x00
through 0xFF can be used within the data string without conflicting with the DPL format record
terminators.
Record Structure: a b c d eee ffff gggg [hhhh] i j kk ll mm nn…n
Where:
a
b
Field
Valid Inputs
1,2,3 and 4
z and Z
c
d
eee
ffff
gggg
[hhhh]
0
0
000
0000 to 9999
0000 to 9999
0000 to 9999
i
j
kk
T = truncated, F = normal
0–8
00 – 99
ll
03 – 90
mm
nn…n
01 – 30
All ASCII characters.
Meaning
Rotation
Lowercase selects the PDF417 bar code, variable length.
Uppercase selects the PDF417 bar code, with a Byte Count Specifier.
Module size horizontal multiplier
Module size vertical multiplier
Not Used
Row
Column (see Appendix J)
Optional string length specifier. Field termination is set by this byte
count. This decimal value includes all of the data following this byte
count field, but does not include itself.
Specifies barcode type
Security level
Aspect ratio specified as a fraction; the first digit is the numerator and
the second the denominator. Use 00 for the default ratio of 1:2.
Number of rows. Use 00 for calculated best fit (values less than 3
default to 3, values greater than default to 90).
Number of columns (values greater than 30 default to 30).
Data to be encoded.
Sample 1: The variable length example encodes “PDF417” with a security level one, a 1:2 aspect
ratio, best-fit rows and columns, and prints the bar code. A line of text is also printed.
<STX>L
D11<CR>
1z0000000150100F1000000PDF417<CR>
121100000000100Barcode z<CR>
E
Barcode z
Sample 2: The specified length example includes a byte count field for all bytes that follow until the
end of the barcode data. The byte count is 15. The symbology encodes “pdf<CR>417”,
and prints the barcode. Notice that a <CR> does not terminate the barcode format record.
A line of text is also printed.
<STX>L
D11<CR>
1Z00000001501000015F1000000pdf<0x0D>417
121100000000100Barcode Z<CR>
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W1c / W1C:
DataMatrix
Valid Characters: Any eight-bit byte data
Variable Length (W1c): This is a two-dimensional matrix symbology comprised of square modules
arranged within a perimeter finder pattern. Two types are ECC 000 – 140 and ECC 200.
Specified Length (W1C): Same as the variable length, however, with a Byte Count Specifier values
0x00 through 0xFF can be used within the data string without conflicting with the DPL format record
terminators.
ECC 000 – 140 symbols: These square symbols can be any odd sizes from 9x9 to 49x49, which may
be specified in the fields kkk and lll. If the symbol is specified with even numbers of rows or
columns, the next largest odd value will be used. Input values greater than 49 or less than 9 will
cause the symbol to be automatically sized for the input character stream. The record structure is
expanded for visual clarity.
Record Structure: a W1 b c d eee ffff gggg [hhhh] iii j kkk lll mm…m
Where:
Field
a
W1
b
Valid Inputs
1,2,3, and 4
W1
c and C
c
d
eee
ffff
gggg
[hhhh]
1 – 9 and A – O
1 – 9 and A – O
000 – 999
0000 – 9999
0000 – 9999
0000 to 9999
iii
000, 050, 080, 100, 140
j
0–6
Meaning
Rotation
Fixed value, extended barcode set
Lowercase selects the DataMatrix bar code, variable length
Uppercase selects the Datamatrix barcode with a Byte Count Specifier
Module size horizontal multiplier
Module size vertical multiplier
No effect; must be numeric
Label position, row
Label position, column (see Appendix J)
Optional string length specifier. Field termination is set by this byte
count. This decimal value includes all of the data following this byte
count field, but does not include itself.
3-digit convolutional error correction level.
If any number other than one of these options is entered then the nearest
lesser value from the valid entries is used (e.g., selecting a value of 099
will cause an actual ECC value of 080 to be used).
Format identification, where:
0 - Automatically selects an encodation scheme based on the
characters to be encoded.
1 - Numeric data.
2 - Upper case alphabetic.
3 - Upper case alphanumeric and punctuation characters (period,
comma, hyphen, and slash).
4 - Upper case alphanumeric.
5 - ASCII, the full ASCII character set.
6 - Any 8-bit byte.
If a format identifier is selected which will not encode the input
character stream then the barcode symbol will not be printed. It is
recommended that the auto-encodation format identification be used
since it will select the best possible encoding scheme for the input
stream.
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Field
kkk
lll
mm…m
Valid Inputs
Meaning
9,11,13…49. ECC 140 A 3 digit odd number (or 000) of rows requested. 000 causes rows to be
minimum is 15.
automatically determined. If the rows and columns do not match, the
symbol will be sized to a square using the greater of the two values.
9,11,13…49. ECC 140 A 3 digit odd number (or 000) of columns requested. 000 causes
minimum is 15.
columns to be automatically determined. If the rows and columns do
not match, the symbol will be sized to a square using the greater of the
two values.
8-bit data, followed by a
Data to be encoded.
termination character.
ECC 200 symbols: There are 24 square symbol sizes available, which may be specified in fields kkk
and lll, measured in modules as indicated below. If an ECC 200 symbol is specified with odd
numbers of rows or columns, the next largest even value will be used. Input values greater than 144
or less than 10 will cause the symbol to be automatically sized for the input character stream. The
record structure is expanded for visual clarity.
Record Structure: a W1 b c d eee ffff gggg [hhhh] iii j kkk lll mm…m
Where:
Field
a
W1
b
Valid Inputs
1,2,3, and 4
W1
c and C
Meaning
Rotation
Fixed value, extended barcode set
Lowercase selects the DataMatrix bar code, variable length
Uppercase selects the Datamatrix barcode with a Byte Count Specifier
c
1 to 9 and A to O
Module size horizontal multiplier
d
1 to 9 and A to O
Module size vertical multiplier
eee
000 to 999
No Effect; Must be numeric
ffff
0000 to 9999
Label position, row
gggg
0000 to 9999
Label position, column (see Appendix J)
[hhhh] 0000 to 9999
Optional string length specifier. Field termination is set by this byte
count. This decimal value includes all of the data following this byte
count field, but does not include itself.
iii
200
Reed-Solomon error correction.
j
0
Fixed value, not used
kkk
10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, A 3 digit even number (or 000) of rows requested. 000 causes rows to
24, 26, 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, be automatically determined. If the rows and columns do not match, the
52, 64, 72, 80, 88, 96, symbol will be sized to a square using the greater of the two values.
104, 120, 132, 144
lll
10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, A 3 digit even number (or 000) of columns requested. 000 causes
24, 26, 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, columns to be automatically determined. If the rows and columns do
52, 64, 72, 80, 88, 96, not match, the symbol will be sized to a square using the greater of the
104, 120, 132, 144
two values.
mm…m
8-bit data, followed by a
Data to be encoded.
termination character.
Sample 1: The variable length example encodes “DATAMAX” using a module multiplier of 4, with
an error correction level of 80, automatic encodation and determination of rows and
columns, and then a prints the bar code. A line of text is also printed.
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<STX>L
D11<CR>
1W1c44000010001000800000000DATAMAX<CR>
121100000000100Barcode W1c<CR>
E
Barcode W1c
Sample 2: The specified length example includes a byte count field for all bytes that follow until the
end of the barcode data. The byte count is 29. The symbology encodes
“Datamax<CR>prints best”, and prints the bar code. Notice that a <CR> does not
terminate the barcode format record. A line of text is also printed.
<STX>L
D11<CR>
1W1C440000100010000290800000000Datamax<0x0D>prints best
121100000000100Barcode W1C<CR>
E
W1d / W1D:
Barcode W1C
QR Code
Valid Characters: Numeric Data, Alphanumeric Data, 8-bit byte data, and Kanji characters
Variable Length: The two-dimensional bar code (as documented in AIM, Version 7.0).
Record Structure: a W1 b c d eee ffff gggg hh…h
Where:
Field
a
W1
b
Valid Inputs
1,2,3 and 4
W1
D and d
Meaning
Rotation
Fixed value, extended barcode set
Selects the QR bar code formatting mode, where:
D = Manual formatting. Allows the data string (hh…h) to be entered
according with a comma (,) as a field separator; fields are optional
per QR Code specifications, and the first field indicates Model 1
or Model 2 QR Code (Model 2 is the default).
d = Automatic formatting. Allows the data string (hh…h) to be data
only.
c
1 to 9 and A to O
d
eee
ffff
gggg
hh…h
1 to 9 and A to O
000 to 999
0000 to 9999
0000 to 9999
Valid ASCII character
string, followed by (a)
termination character(s).
Module size horizontal multiplier Each cell in the bar code is square,
therefore ‘c’ and ‘d’ must be equal. Depending on the conversion mode
(<STX>n or <STX>m), each unit indicates a cell dimension of .01 inch or
.1 mm.
Module size vertical multiplier. (See explanation for ‘c’, above.)
No effect; must be numeric
Label position, row
Label position, column (see Appendix J)
QR Code data string (see Generation Structure, below).
Generation Structure
The data input structure (hh…h) is as follows:
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Auto Format (bar code W1d)
With barcode identifier ‘d’, the data begins after the last character of the column position field,
and does not include any command characters. The data string is terminated with a termination
character, usually a 0x0d hex that occurs twice in succession. The bar code symbol will have the
following characteristics:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Model 2
Error Correction Code Level = ‘M’ (Standard Reliability Level)
Mask Selection = Automatic
Data Input Mode = Automatic
Example:
<STX>L
D11<CR>
1W1d4400000100010This is the data portion<CR><CR>
121100000000100Barcode W1D<CR>
E
(Two
termination
characters
required.)
Manual Formatting (bar code W1D)
With barcode identifier ‘D’, minor changes allow flexibility for data entry. (Spaces have been
added for readability.)
[q,] e [m] i,
cdata cdata cdata…cdata term
Where:
Field
q
e
Valid Inputs
1, 2
H, Q, M, L
m
0 – 8, none
i
A, a, M, m
cdata
N, A, B, K
immediately
followed by data
term
<CR>, <CR><CR>
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Meaning
QR Code Model number, optional. Model 2 is the default.
Error Correction Level:
H
= Ultra Reliability Level
Q
= High Reliability Level
M
= Standard Reliability Level
L
= High Density Level
Mask Number, optional:
None = Automatic Selection
0-7 = Mask 0 to Mask 7
8
= No Mask
Data Input Mode:
A
= Automatic setting, ASCII
a
= Automatic, hex-ASCII
M
= Manual Setting, ASCII
m
= manual, hex-ASCII
Character Mode:
N
=
Numeric, N data
A
=
Alphanumeric, A data
B
=
Binary , Bnnnn data (where nnnn = data byte-count, 4
decimal digits; byte-count /2 for hex-ASCII
K
=
Kanji, K data
The data string is terminated with a termination character, generally a
0x0d hex, but can be changed by the operator. If the Data Input Mode
is Automatic, the data string is terminated with two successive
termination characters.
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If HEX/ASCII mode is selected in manual Data Input Mode, only the data for Kanji or Binary
data types will be converted, therefore the other data types and all command characters must be
entered in ASCII format. If HEX/ASCII is selected in automatic Data Input Mode, all of the data
must be entered in HEX/ASCII format.
Data Append Mode String Format, Manual Formatting - barcode W1D
D aa tt pp I
Where:
Field
D
aa
tt
pp
e
m
i
cdata
term
Valid Inputs
D
00, 99
H, Q, M, L
0 – 8, none
A, a, M, m
N, A, B, K
immediately followed by data
<CR>, <CR><CR>
Meaning
Data Append Mode String Format indicator
QR Code Number in Append Series, 2 decimal digits
Total number of QR Codes in series, 2 decimal digits
Value of Parity, 2 digits, 8 LSBs of data parity
As above
As above
As above
As above
As above
Characteristics
Models:
Model 1 (original version), bar code versions 1 through 14
A. ECC Levels ‘H’, ‘M’, ‘Q’, and ‘L’
B. Mask Selection Automatic or 0 through 8
C. Data Input Modes Automatic and Manual
D. Data Append Mode
Model 2 (enhanced version), bar code versions 1 through 40
A. ECC Levels ‘H’, ‘M’, ‘Q’, and ‘L’
B. Mask Selection Automatic or 0 through 8
C. Data Input Modes Automatic and Manual
D. Data Append Mode
Representation of data:
Dark Cell = Binary 1
Light Cell = Binary 0
Symbol Size (not including quiet zone, 4 cells on each of the 4 sides):
Model 1: 21 X 21 cells to 73 X 73 cells (Versions 1 to 14, increase in steps of 4 cells per side)
Model 2: 21 X 21 cells to 177 X 177 cells (Versions 1 to 40, increase in steps of 4 cells per side)
Data Characters per symbol (maximum for symbol size):
Numeric Data
Model 1; Version 14; ECC = L: 1,167 characters
Model 2; Version 40; ECC = L: 7,089 characters
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Alphanumeric Data
Model 1; Version 14; ECC = L: 707 characters
Model 2; Version 40; ECC = L: 4,296 characters
Binary Data
Model 1; Version 14; ECC = L: 486 characters
Model 2; Version 40; ECC = L: 2,953 characters
Kanji Data
Model 1; Version 14; ECC = L: 299 characters
Model 2; Version 40; ECC = L: 1,817 characters
Selectable Error Correction – Four levels of Reed-Solomon error correction allowing recovery of the
symbol codewords:
L
7%
M 15%
Q 25%
H 30%
Code Type: Matrix
Orientation Independence: Yes
Example
<STX>L
D11<CR>
1W1D44000001000102HThis is the data portion also with
binary <0xfe><0xca><0x83><0x0D><0x0D>
121100000000100Barcode W1D<CR>
E
Barcode W1D
Where:
QR Code barcode, Cell Size = 0.1 inch square, positioned at X =. 1” and Y = .1”, ECC=H, Mask =
Automatic, Data Input Mode = Automatic:
1W1D1100000100010HThis is the data portion also with binary
<0xfe><0xca><0x83><0x0D><0x0D>
Other examples
DPL field record, QR Code barcode, Cell Size = 0.04 inch square, positioned at X = .1” and Y =
.1”, ECC = H, Mask = 3, Data Input Mode = Automatic:
1W1D4400000100010H3This is the data portion also with binary
<0xfe><0xca><0x83><0x0D><0x0D>
DPL field record, QR Code barcode, Cell Size = 0.08 inch square, positioned at X = .1” and Y =
.1”, ECC = L, Mask = None (8), Data Input Mode = Manual - Kanji:
1W1D8800000100010L8MK<0x81><0x40><0x81><0x41><0x81><0x42><0x0D>
DPL field record, QR Code barcode, Cell Size = 0.01 inch square, positioned at X = .1” and Y =
.1”, ECC = L, Mask = None (8), Data Input Mode = Manual - Kanji (in Hex/ASCII format):
1W1D1100000100010L8mK814081418142<0x0D>
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DPL field record, QR Code barcode, Cell Size = 0.01 inch square, positioned at X = .1” and Y =
.1”, ECC = M, Mask = Automatic, Data Input Mode = Automatic:
1W1d1100000100010Pallet 35FGA, Box 55367, Datamax Corp,
Orlando, Florida 32707<0x0D><0x0D>
DPL field record, QR Code barcode, Cell Size = 0.01 inch square, positioned at X = .1” and Y =
.1”, ECC = M (default), Mask = Automatic (default), Data Input Mode = Automatic (in Hex
/ASCII format):
1W1D1100000100010a384A384B384C384D384E384F<0x0D><0x0D>
W1f / W1F:
Aztec
Valid Characters: All ASCII characters, depending upon the selected options.
Variable Length (W1f): This two dimensional barcode holds a large amount of data in a small area
an can provide a high level of error checking.
Specified Length (W1F): With a string four-digit length specifier, values 0x00 through 0xFF to be
included within the data strings without conflicting with the DPL format record terminators.
Record Structure: a W1 b c d eee ffff gggg [hhhh] i jjj kk…k
Where:
122
Field
a
W1
b
Valid Inputs
1,2,3, and 4
W1
f and F
c
0 to 9 and A to O
d
0 to 9 and A to O
eee
ffff
gggg
[hhhh]
000
0000 to 9999
0000 to 9999
0000 to 9999
i
jjj
0, 1
000 to 300
kk…k
8-bit data, followed by
a termination character
Meaning
Rotation
Fixed value, extended bar code set
Lowercase selects the Aztec bar code, variable length
Uppercase selects the Aztec barcode with a Byte Count Specifier
Module size horizontal multiplier, 0 = default size. The c/d module size
parameters should be equal to produce a square symbol. When the label
command (Dwh) is used to generate larger text, then c and d may be used
to compensate and ensure a square symbol.
Module size vertical multiplier, 0 = default size (See explanation for ‘c’,
above.)
No Effect
Label position, row
Label position, column
Optional string length specifier. Field termination is set by this byte count.
This decimal value includes all of the data following this byte count field,
but does not include itself.
Extended Channel Interpretation (ECI) mode; 0 = Disabled, 1 = Enabled
Error Correction (EC) / Amount (see table below), where:
000 – Default EC, approximately 23%
001 – 099 EC fixed value, expressed as a percent.
101 – 104 Compact core, 1 to 4 layers respectively.
201 – 232 Full size core, 1 to 32 layers respectively.
300 – Rune format, encodes three ASCII decimal digits 0-256; scanner
decode output is decimal number 0-256
Data to be encoded.
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The error correction or size selection determines the symbol size and other characteristics of the
symbol, as shown in the following table. Attempting to encode more data that has been made
available will result in no symbol printed.
Error Correction (EC) / Size Implications
Maximum[2] Binary Maximum[2] Alphabetic
Data Bytes
Characters
1914
3067
1914
3067
Maximum[2]
Numeric Characters
3832
3832
000
001 to 099
Symbol
Size[1]
variable
variable
Symbol
Format
data dependant
data and EC
dependant
101
102
102
103
104
15
19
19
23
27
compact
compact
compact
compact
compact
6
19
19
33
53
12
33
33
57
89
13
40
40
70
110
201
202
203
204
205
206
207
208
209
210
211
212
213
214
215
216
217
218
219
220
221
222
223
224
225
226
227
228
229
230
231
232
19
23
27
31
37
41
45
49
53
57
61
67
71
75
79
83
87
91
95
101
105
109
113
117
121
125
131
135
139
143
147
151
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
full size
8
24
40
62
87
114
145
179
214
256
298
343
394
446
502
559
621
687
753
824
898
976
1056
1138
1224
1314
1407
1501
1600
1702
1806
1914
15
40
68
104
144
187
236
291
348
414
482
554
636
718
808
900
998
1104
1210
1324
1442
1566
1694
1826
1963
2107
2256
2407
2565
2728
2894
3067
18
49
84
128
178
232
294
362
433
516
601
691
793
896
1008
1123
1246
1378
1511
1653
1801
1956
2116
2281
2452
2632
2818
3007
3205
3409
3616
3832
jjj
300
11
Rune
1
1
Measured in module size x, assuming default module size (cd=00).
2
Maximum sizes are approximate and data dependant, and may be less than indicated.
1
1
Table G-2: Aztec Characteristics Index
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Error Correction
Size 001 to 099: This value specifies the percent of symbol code words to be used for error
correction. Actual error correction word percentage will vary depending on data. The default value,
approximately 23%, is recommended. Any other value may be selected to meet the user’s needs.
Some minimum-security codewords may be generated depending on the data sent for encoding,
particularly when the volume of that data is small. It the data capacity is exceeded no symbol is
printed.
Size 101 to 104: Values 101 through 104 result in 1 through 4 layers (two modules thick)
respectively, around the center finder pattern. Data volume constraints apply as indicated in the table
above. Symbols will be of the compact form. All available codewords will be used for error
correction. It the data capacity is exceeded no symbol is printed.
Size 201 to 232: Values 201 through 232 result in 1 through 32 layers (two modules thick)
respectively, around the center finder pattern. Data volume constraints apply as indicated in the table
above. Symbols will be of the full-size form. All available codewords will be used for error
correction. It the data capacity is exceeded no symbol is printed.
Size 300: Value 300 informs the printer that the data, which follows will be used to encode one
RUNE symbol. The data consists of one to three ASCII digits with value range of 0 to 256. The data
may include leading zeros. Data-streams longer than three digits or data that includes non-numeric
characters may have unpredictable results.
Extended Channel Interpretation Mode: A value of 1 provides for extended channel codewords to
be inserted into the barcode symbol, using escape sequences in the datastream. This mode also
provides for effective Code 128 and UCC/EAN 128 emulations, when used in with appropriately
configured barcode readers. The valid values for escape sequences are of the form <ESC>n, where:
<ESC> – 1 byte with value 2710 = 1B16
n – 1 ASCII digit, range 0 through 6
These escape sequences are encoded as FLG(n) character pairs described in the International
Symbology Specification – Aztec Code, AIM, 1997-11-05, and the meanings of the values for n are
the same in both.
<ESC>0 – Is encoded as FLG(0), and interpreted as FNC1 or <GS> depending on its
location in the datastream. The printer does not validate <ESC>0 locations
in the datastream.
When <ESC>0 is the leading data in the stream, it is interpreted as a FNC1 as used
in the Code 128 symbology, and specifically for UCC/EAN 128 applications. For
appropriately configured scanners this will be interpreted/transmitted as a ]C1
symbology identifier preamble. The printer does not validate UCC/EAN 128 data
syntax.
When <ESC>0 follows a single alphabetic or two numeric characters respectively,
then it also interpreted as a FNC1. For appropriately configured scanners this would
be interpreted/transmitted as a ]C2 symbology identifier preamble, and the alpha or
numeric characters preceding the FNC1 are Application Indicators assigned by AIM
International. The printer does not check AI validity.
When <ESC>0 is anywhere else in the datastream, a <GS> replaces it in the barcode
symbol, as with UCC/EAN 128 field separators.
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<ESC>n – Is encoded as FLG(n), and is interpreted as signaling Extended Channel
Interpretation. When the value of n is from 1 to 6, it signals that the following n
digits comprise an extended channel identifier for use with ECI compliant barcode
scanners. An erroneous barcode symbol may result from failing to follow <ESC>n
with n digits. Any <ESC>0 following <ESC>n and not within the n digits will be
encoded as FLG(0). In the context of a FLG(n), any backslash ‘\’ (9210) will be
interpreted by the scanner as two backslashes ‘\\’.
Sample 1: The variable length example encodes “AZTEC” with no ECI input, and 23% error
correction, and prints the bar code. A line of text is also printed.
<STX>L
D11<CR>
1W1f00000001501000000AZTEC<CR>
121100000000100Barcode W1f<CR>
E
Barcode W1f
Sample 2: The specified length example includes a byte count field for all bytes that follow until the
end of the barcode data. The byte count is 17. The symbology encodes
“AZTEC<CR>barcode”, and prints the bar code. Notice that a <CR> does not terminate
the barcode format record. A line of text is also printed.
<STX>L
D11<CR>
1W1F000000015010000170000AZTEC<0x0D>barcode
121100000000100Barcode W1F<CR>
E
Barcode W1F
Functions Not Supported
• Structured Append
• Reader Initialization Symbol Generation
• Module shaving
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W1T: TCIF Linked Barcode 3 of 9 (TLC39)
TLC39 is a telecommunications barcode which encodes a six digit sequence in a standard 3 of 9
barcode (code 39) followed by a link flag character in code 3 of 9 and a 25 character alphanumeric
serial number encoded in MicroPDF417.
Syntax:
a W1 t c d eee ffff gggg hhhhhh ; i…i
(note: spaces shown for clarity)
Where:
Field
a
W1
t
c
d
eee
ffff
gggg
hhhhhh
;
i…i
Valid Inputs
1,2,3, and 4
W1
t
0 to 9 and A to O
0 to 9 and A to O
001 to 999
0000 to 9999
0000 to 9999
ECI Data
Fixed
S/N Data
Meaning
Rotation
Fixed value, extended barcode set
Selects TLC39 barcode
Wide bar of Code 39, ratio of wide to narrow must be between 2:1 and 3:1
Narrow bar of Code 39
Height of Code 39
Label position, row
Label position, column
Six digit ECI number
Parses data
Up to 25 alphanumeric serial number
NOTES:
•
The ECI number must be six digits followed by a semi colon. If the seventh character is not a semi colon
then only a six digit code 39 will print.
•
The link flag is the character “T” in code 39 without a start/stop indicator. The location of this flag is based
on the ECI code location, length and height.
•
The serial number may contain up to 25 alphanumeric characters and is encoded in the MicroPDF417
symbol. This symbol is fixed at 4 columns and the rows are determined based on the following:
Number of Alphanumeric Data
1-14
15-22
23-25
Number of Rows
4
6
8
The location of the MicroPDF417 symbol is based on the location of ECI barcode. The symbol’s
module width and height are fixed at the default.
The following example prints a TLC39
barcode.
<STX>L
D11
1Wt0000001500150123456;ABCD123456789
01234
1911A0801300170A1B2C3DAAA
E
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W1z / W1Z: MicroPDF417
Valid Characters: All ASCII characters, depending on the selected options.
Variable Length: This is a 2 dimensional barcode capable of holding large amounts of data in a small
area. It provides a high level of redundancy and error checking.
Specified Length: With a string four-digit length specifier, values 0x00 through 0xFF to be included
within the data strings without conflicting with the DPL format record terminators.
Record Structure: a W1 b c d eee ffff gggg [hhhh] i j k l 0 mm…m
Where:
Field
a
W1
b
Valid Inputs
1,2,3, and 4
W1
z and Z
c
d
eee
ffff
gggg
[hhhh]
0 to 9 and A to O
0 to 9 and A to O
000
0000 to 9999
0000 to 9999
0000 to 9999
i
j
k
l
0
mm…m
1 to 4
0 to 9 and A
0, 1
0, 1
0
8-bit data, followed by a
termination character
Meaning
Rotation
Fixed value, extended barcode set
Lowercase selects the MicroPDF417 bar code, variable length
Uppercase selects the MicroPDF417 barcode with a Byte Count
Specifier.
Module size horizontal multiplier; 0 = default size.
Module size vertical multiplier; 0 = default size.
No Effect
Label position, row
Label position, column
Optional string length specifier. Field termination is set by this byte
count. This decimal value includes all of the data following this byte
count field, but does not include itself.
Number of columns
Row / Error Correction index
Byte Compaction Mode (1)
Macro Character Substitution Disable (1)
Fixed ASCII digit 0. Reserved for future use.
Data to be encoded
The number of columns (i) and the row / error correction index (j) combine to form a
row/column/error correction selection index (ij) which determines other characteristics of the symbol
as shown in the following table.
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Row/Column/Error Correction Selection Index Implications
Columns Maximum Symbol Symbol
Maximum
Maximum
Errors
Width[2] Height[3] Binary Data
Alphabetic
Corrected[1]
Bytes[4]
Characters[5]
ij
Rows
Maximum
Numeric
Characters[5]
10
11
12
13
14
15
11
14
17
20
24
28
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
4
4
5
5
5
40
40
40
40
40
40
24
30
36
42
50
58
3
7
10
13
18
22
6
12
18
22
30
38
8
17
26
32
44
55
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
8
11
14
17
20
23
26
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
5
6
6
7
8
10
12
57
57
57
57
57
57
57
18
24
30
36
42
48
54
8
14
21
27
33
38
43
14
24
36
46
56
67
72
20
35
52
67
82
93
105
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
6
8
10
12
15
20
26
32
38
44
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
9
11
13
15
18
23
29
35
41
47
84
84
84
84
84
84
84
84
84
84
14
18
22
26
32
42
54
66
78
90
6
10
15
20
27
39
54
68
82
97
10
18
26
34
46
66
90
114
138
162
14
26
38
49
67
96
132
167
202
237
40
4
4
5
101
10
8
14
20
41
6
4
9
101
14
13
22
32
42
8
4
11
101
18
20
34
49
43
10
4
13
101
22
27
46
67
44
12
4
15
101
26
34
58
85
45
15
4
18
101
32
45
76
111
46
20
4
23
101
42
63
106
155
47
26
4
29
101
54
85
142
208
48
32
4
35
101
66
106
178
261
49
38
4
41
101
78
128
214
313
4A
44
4
47
101
90
150
250
366
1
Can be any combination of 1∗erasures + 2∗substitutions (e.g. 13 maximum number of errors corrected might include 7
erasures and 3 substitutions).
2
Includes 1 module width quiet zone on either side.
3
Assumes the module height is 2∗module width, and includes one module width quiet zones on top and bottom.
4
Assumes Binary Compaction.
5
Assumes Text Compaction.
Table G-3: MicroPDF417 Characteristics Index
Note: Increasing the row/column/error correction values does not necessarily result in the ability
to encode more data.
Byte Compaction Mode: A value of 1 forces Byte Compaction, the best compression for binary
data. The compaction ratio is six 8-bit bytes of data compressed into 5 symbol codewords. See the
table above for the maximum data allowed for any row/column/error correction selection index.
Macro Character Substitution Disable: By default, Macro Character Substitution is enabled (0).
When enabled, Byte Compaction has priority over Macro Character Substitution. When Macro
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Character Substitution is enabled, the datastream header and trailer are compacted when they
conform to the following forms:
[)>RS05GS data RS EoT
or
[)>RS06GS data RS EoT
where:
data may not contain adjacent bytes with values RS or
G
S
( RS = 3010 , 1E16 and GS = 2910 , 1D16 and EoT = 410 ,416)
Sample 1: The variable length example prints a MicroPDF417 barcode with 1 column and 24 rows,
33% error correction, no byte compaction, and macro character substitution enabled.
<STX>L
D11<CR>
1W1z000000015010014000PDF417<CR>
121100000000100Barcode W1z<CR>
E
Barcode W1z
Sample 2: The specified length example includes a byte count field for all bytes that follow until the
end of the barcode data. The byte count is 12. The symbology encodes “pdf<CR>417”,
and prints the barcode. Notice that a <CR> does not terminate the barcode format record.
A line of text is also printed.
<STX>L
D11<CR>
1W1Z0000000150100001214000pdf<0x0D>417
121100000000100Barcode W1Z<CR>
E
Barcode W1Z
Functions Not Supported
• General Purpose Extended Channel Interpretations, including Code-128 emulation.
• Structured Append
• Reader Initialization Symbol Generation
• Module shaving
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Font Mapping: Single-Byte and Double-Byte Characters
Label format records with font code 9 in the b field of the Format Record header can specify any of the
following bit-mapped or scalable fonts with the associated specification in the font size/selection (eee
height) field, as shown in the tables on the following pages.
Example: 1911u4000100010A0215134<CR>
The example above will produce a printed string consisting of the two Kanji characters referenced by the
two HEX ASCII pairs A0, 21, and 51, 34, on appropriately equipped printers.
Example: 1911U4001000100P012P012<0x38><0x77><0x00>
The above example will produce a printed string consisting of the one 12 point Kanji character
referenced by the byte pair with hex values 38 and 77 on appropriately equipped printers.
Note: Double-byte hex representation character strings terminate with two null bytes and a <CR>, i.e.,
0x 00 00 0D. The Hex-ASCII representation is terminated with <CR>.
The alphanumeric portion (nn) of the scalable font specifiers, Snn, Unn, unn, numbering system is a base
62 numbering system, 0, 1, 2…8, 9, A, B, C...X, Y, Z, a, b, c...x, y, z. For scalable fonts the S designation
signifies single-byte characters while the U designates double-byte characters. The lower case U
counterpart signifies that print data in the label format record is in a hex-ASCII format. Fonts that have
been downloaded with designators of the form nn, where nn are alphanumeric, as seen in the font size
specifier (eee height) column below, may be referenced in label format records by their upper or lower
case specifiers as available. However, fonts created for double-byte access cannot be accessed using Snn
as the font designator, and vice versa, single-byte fonts cannot be accessed using Unn or unn.
Note: Downloading scalable fonts requires specifying the font ID, a two character alphanumeric. The
S, or U, u used in referencing the font within label format records is not used in the download
specification. Attempting to utilize a scalable font with an inappropriate byte-size designation,
(e.g. S on double-byte or U, u on single-byte) will have unpredictable results.
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Font 9, Font Specifications (eee Height) and Associated Characteristics
Character
Font Size Specifier
Point
Mapping
(eee Height)
Size
Font 9 Bit-Mapped Internal Fonts
CG Triumvirate[1]
Single-Byte
000 - 010
5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 24, 30,
36, 48, respectively
CG Triumvirate[1]
Single-Byte
A04, A05, A06, A08, A10, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 24,
A12, A14, A18, A24, A30, 30, 36, 48, 72, respectively
A36, A48, A72
Font 9 Bit-Mapped Downloaded Fonts
User downloaded
Single-Byte
100 - 999
user defined
bit-mapped typeface
Font 9 Scalable Resident Fonts Specifications (optional)
CG Triumvirate
Single-Byte
S00
scalable
Bold Condensed
Scalable[1]
CG Triumvirate[1]
Single-Byte
S01
scalable
Scalable
Font 9 Scalable Resident Fonts Specifications (optional)
CG Times
Single-Byte
SA0
scalable
Scalable
CG Times Italic
Single-Byte
SA1
scalable
Scalable
CG Times Bold
Single-Byte
SA2
scalable
Scalable
CG Times Bold
Single-Byte
SA3
scalable
Italic
Scalable
Gothic B Kanji
Double-Byte (Binary)
U40
scalable
Scalable
Gothic B Kanji
Double-Byte (Hex ASCII)
u40
scalable
Scalable
GB Simplified
Double-Byte (Binary)
UC0
scalable
Chinese Scalable
GB Simplified
Double-Byte (Hex ASCII)
uC0
scalable
Chinese Scalable
Korean Hangul
Double-Byte (Binary)
UH0
scalable
Scalable
Korean Hangul
Double-Byte (Hex ASCII)
uH0
scalable
Scalable
Font 9 Scalable Downloaded Fonts
User downloaded
Single-Byte (Binary)
S50 - S5z...
scalable
Scalable typeface
S90 - S9z
User downloaded
Double-Byte (Binary)
U50...,U5z...,...U90...,
scalable
Scalable typeface
U9z
User downloaded
Double-Byte (Hex ASCII)
u50...,u5z...,...u90...,
scalable
Scalable typeface
u9z
Font
Name
1
Standard internal fonts
Table H-1: Font 9 Specifications
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Symbol Sets and Character Maps
Symbol Set Selection
Scalable fonts are mapped through a symbol set sometimes referred to as a ‘code page’. This mapping
allows the host application to select a variety of characters to match the application. For example in the
code page CP, character code 0xE4 causes character Φ to be printed. In code page E7, the character code
0xE4 causes δ to be printed. Each of the code pages allows the host application to “emulate” a character
set for their application. The code page (symbol set) is selected using a DPL Command, <STX>ySxx,
where xx is the two letter code page Identifier.
Note: Not all fonts have an entire compliment of character codes for a given code page (symbol set).
Code Page Identifier
Datamax
HP[1]
AR
CP
D1[4]
11L
D2[4]
12L
D3[4]
13L
DN
DS[4]
10L
DT
7J
E1
0N
E2
2N
E5
5N
E6
6N
E7
EG
EH
ER
FR
G8
GK
GR
H0
H8
IT
LG
1U
M8
8M
MC
12J
MS
5M
Single-Byte Code Pages
Font Format
IntelliFont
TrueType
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
√
Description
Arabic-8
PC Cyrillic
ITC Zapf Dingbats/100
ITC Zapf Dingbats/200
ITC Zapf Dingbats/300
ISO 60 Danish / Norwegian
PS ITC Zapf Dingbats
DeskTop
ISO 8859/1 Latin 1
ISO 8859/2 Latin 2
ISO 8859/9 Latin 5
ISO 8859/10 Latin 6
ISO 8859/7 Latin/Greek
ISO 8859/7 Latin/Greek
ISO 8859/8 Latin/Hebrew
ISO 8859/5 Latin/Cyrillic
ISO 69: French
Greek-8
PC-8 Greek
ISO 21: German
Hebrew-7
Hebrew-8
ISO 15: Italian
Legal
Math-8
Macintosh
PS Math
Table I-1: Single-Byte Code Pages
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Single-Byte Code Pages (continued)
Code Page Identifier
Font Format
Description
Datamax
HP[1]
IntelliFont
TrueType
PB
6J
Microsoft Publishing
√
√
PC
10U
PC-8, Code Page 437
√
√
PD
11U
PC-8 D/N, Code Page 437N
√
√
PE
17U
PC-852 Latin 2
√
√
PG
PC-851 Latin/Greek
√
PH
PC-862 Latin/Hebrew
√
PI
15U
Pi Font
√
√
PM
12U
PC-850 Multilingual
√
√
PR
PC-864 Latin/Arabic
√
PT
9T
PC-8 TK, Code Page 437T
√
√
PU
9J
PC-1004
√
√
PV
26U
PC-775 Baltic
√
√
PX[4]
PTXT3000
√
R8
8U
Roman-8
√
√
SP
ISO 17: Spanish
√
√
SW
ISO 11: Swedish
√
√
SY[4]
Symbol
√
TK
Turkish-8
√
TS
10J
PS Text
√
√
UK
ISO 4: United Kingdom
√
√
US
ISO 6: ASCII
√
√
VI
13J
Ventura International
√
√
VM
6M
Ventura Math
√
VU
14J
Ventura US
√
√
W1[3]
19U
Windows 3.1 Latin 1
√
√
WA
Windows Latin/Arabic
√
WD[4]
Wingdings
√
√
WE[3]
9E
Windows 3.1 Latin 2
√
√
WG[3]
Windows Latin/Greek
√
WL[3]
19L
Windows 3.1 Baltic (Latv, Lith)
√
√
WN
Windows
√
WO
9U
Windows 3.0 Latin 1
√
√
WR[3]
Windows Latin/Cyrillic
√
WT[3]
5T
Windows 3.1 Latin 5
√
√
1
HP - Hewlett Packard PCL-5 Comparison Guide, Ed 1, Internal Symbol Set Charts, Chart B, for comparison.
2
Symbol Set support requires a matching font (Datamax ILPC CG Times supports many of these; see note 4, below).
3
As of this writing, the following symbol sets contain references to the Euro currency symbol ( ) with the associated single-byte
decimal values:
W1 - Windows 3.1 Latin 1 - 128
WE - Windows 3.1 Latin 2 - 128
WG - Windows Latin/Greek - 128
WL - Windows 3.1 Windows 3.1 Baltic - 128
WT - Windows 3.1 Latin 5 - 128
WR - Windows Latin/Cyrillic – 136
4
Not supported by ILPC CG Times – characters appearing in Code Page identifiers not supported are unpredictable.
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Double-Byte Symbols, Chinese, Kanji and Korean
Character Map Selection
Double-byte scalable fonts are mapped through a ‘character map’. This mapping allows the host
application to select a variety of characters to match the application. Each of the code pages allows the
host application to emulate a character set for their application.
The double-byte symbol set is selected using the <STX>yUxx command.
Character Map
Identifier
Double-Byte Character Map
TrueType Font
Description
Format
B5
EU
√
√
GB
JS
SJ
UC
√
√
√
√
BIG 5 (Taiwan) encoded
EUC (Extended UNIX Code)
Government Bureau Industry Standard; Chinese (PRC) Default.
JIS (Japanese Industry Standard) Default.
Shift JIS
Unicode (including Korean)
Table I-2: Double-Byte Character Map
The double-byte symbol set is selected using <STX>yUxx command. The single-byte symbol set is
selected using the same command, <STX>ySxx. Each affects an independent database selection and has
no impact on the other.
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Module Identifiers, Field Limits, Print Resolutions, & Column Values
Module Identifer
A
B
C
1
Memory Type
DRAM (default size: 256 K Bytes)
Flash[1]
Default (A or B Module, as assigned by <STX>X)
The availability/size of the Internal Flash Module is dependent upon the installed font option (expandable with the
Flash Memory Expansion Option) and available Flash memory; reference the Configuration Label, or following the
<STX>KC command the “INTERNAL FLASH MODULE PRESENT” message. The Flash memory has limited
writes and is intended for permanent (or semi-permanent) storage of downloaded images, fonts and label formats.
Table J-1: Module Identifiers
Maximum Format Fields[2]
450
Printer Model
All E-Class Models
2
Total Characters for all Fields
16,000
When the product of the number of fields and characters in each field exceeds the available printer memory (the
limiting factor), portions of the label may not print.
Table J-2 Field & Characters Limits
Printer
Model
Print
Resolution
DPI
DPMM
E4203 / E4204
Dot Dimensions
(Nominal)
Inches
Maximum
Print Width
Maximum
“gggg” Value
Millimeters Dots Millimeters Inch Metric
0410
203
8.0
.0043 x .0052 .11 x .13
832
104.1
E4304
300
11.8 .0028 x .0056 .07 x .14 1248
105.7
0410
Table J-3: Print Widths, Resolutions, and Record Column Field Values
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Speed Ranges and Defaults
Speed Command Value
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
Printer Model
Range
A-G
All E-Class Models[1]
1
Inches Per Second
1.0
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
4.0
Table K-1: Speed Values
Print
Default
G
Range
A-G
Speed
Millimeters Per Second
25
38
51
63
76
89
102
Slew
Default
G
Backfeed
Range
Default
A-C
C
The E-4203 maximum speed is limited to ‘E’ unless the optional regulated power supply is attached.
Table K-2: Speed Ranges and Defaults
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Appendix L
Commands by Function
Commands by Function
Function
Command(s)
Assign Font ID Number
Backfeed Time Delay
Character Download Data
Character Code
Character Encoding
Character (Hex) Dump Mode
Clear All Modules
Clear Module
Controlled Pause
Cycle Cutter
Database Configuration
Delete File from Module
Enable Feedback Characters
Enter Label Formatting Command Mode
Font Descriptor
Form Feed
Get Configuration
Get Printer Time and Date Information
Image Data Downloading
Label Format String Replacement Field
Make Last Field Entered Decrement Numeric (Alphanumeric )
Make Last Field Entered Increment Numeric (Alphanumeric)
Mark Previous Field as a String Replacement Field
Memory Query
Memory Reset
Memory Configuration
Offset Distance, Top of Form Distance
Output Sensor Values
Pack Module
Place Data in Global Register
Print Configuration and Dot Pattern Labels
Print Last Label Format
Print Time and Date
Printhead Dot Pattern Test Label
Recall Global Data and Place in Field
Recall Stored Label Format
Request Firmware Version
Request Memory Module Information
Reset
Reset Resettable Counter
Scalable Font Downloading
Select Edge Sensor
Select Font Symbol Set
Select Heat Setting
<ESC>*cnnnD
<STX>Kbnnn
<ESC>(snnnWdata
<ESC>*cnnnE
<STX>KEex
<STX>P
<STX>Q
<STX>qa
<STX>p
<STX>o
<STX>KDwxyz
<STX>xmfname
<STX>a
<STX>L
<ESC>)snnnW
<STX>F
<STX>KC
<STX>B
<STX>Iabfnamecr
<STX>U[T]nnss…s
-(<)fii
+(>)fii
U
<STX>KQ
<STX>KR
<STX>Kix[:jy][:kz] cr , or <STX>KS or <STX>KW
<STX>Ksnn
<STX>Y
<STX>zm
G
<STX>Z
<STX>G
<STX>Tstring
<STX>T
<STX>Sa
rname
<STX>v
<STX>Wa
<SOH>#
<STX>Kr
<STX>imtaabbb...bcrxxxxxxxxfff...f
<STX>e
<STX>ySaa, or ySxx
Hnn
Table L-1
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Commands by Function (continued)
Function
Select Mirror Mode
Select Reflective Sensor
Send ASCII Status String
Send Batch Quantity
Send Status Byte
Set Backfeed Speed
Set Column Offset Amount
Set Configuration
Set Continuous Paper Length
Set Count By Amount
Set Cut By Amount
Set Default Module
Set Dot Size Height and Width
Set Double Buffer Mode
Set Feed Speed
Set Field Data Line Terminator
Set Form Stop Position (Backfeed Command)
Set Format Attribute
Set Imperial (Inch) Mode
Set Maximum Label Length
Set Metric Mode
Set Pause for Each Label
Set Present Distance
Set Present Speed
Set Print Quantity
Set Print Speed
Set Quantity for Stored Labels
Set Row Offset Amount
Set Single Buffer Mode
Set Slew Speed
Set Start of Print Position
Set Time and Date
Software Switch Settings
SOH Shutdown
Stop / Cancel
Store Label in Module
Symbol Set Select
Terminate Label-Formatting Mode and Print
Terminate Label-Formatting Mode without Printing
Test Flash Memory Module
Test DRAM Memory Module
Test RS-232 Port
Toggle Pause
Update System Database with Current Database
Zero (Ø) Conversion to “0”
Command(s)
M
<STX>r
<SOH>A
<SOH>E
<SOH>F
pa
Cnnnn
<STX>Kc
<STX>cnnnn
^nn
:nnnn, or cnn
<STX>Xm
Dwh
<STX>d
<STX>Sa
Tnn
<STX>fnnn
An
<STX>n, or n
<STX>Mnnnn
<STX>m, or m
<STX>J
<STX>Kfnnnn
fa
Qnnnnn
Pa
<STX>Ennnn
Rnnnn
<STX>s
Sa
<STX>Onnnn
<STX>AwMMddyearhhmmjjj
<STX>Vn
<SOH>D
<SOH>C
smname
ySaa
E
X
<STX>w
<STX>t
<STX>k
<SOH>B
<SOH>U
z
Table L-1
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Appendix M
Image Loading
The printer will accept four types of image files: .BMP, .IMG, .PCX and a special Datamax 7-bit ASCII
file (as defined in this section). Using the Datamax 7-bit ASCII format will require at least twice as much
data transmission time as the other formats (see <STX>I). The Datamax ASCII image file format is made
up of a set of records with identical formats, each representing a dot row of the image. The last of these
records is followed by a terminator.
Dot-row record
•
•
•
•
Dot-row record
Terminator
Each dot-row record has the following format:
Syntax:
80nndd...d<CR>
Where:
nn
-
Number character pairs in dd...d, represented in ASCII hex.
dd…d
-
Dot data, character pairs, ASCII hex, 00-FF
Duplicate records may be encoded using a repeat data record, following the data record that needs
duplicating. The repeat data record format is:
Syntax:
0000FFnn<CR>
Where:
nn
-
Is the number of duplicates, ASCII hex, 00-FF.
The terminator, last record, at the image download is: FFFF<CR>
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^BqA(CR)
^BIAAFLOGO(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFC00000007FFC0003FFFFC001FC0001FC0003FFFFC0018000FFC001FF8000C0003FFFFE000000FFFFE0001FFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFC00000000FFC0003FFFFC001FC0001FC0003FFFFC0018000FFC001FF800040001FFFFE0000007FFFC0001FFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFC000000003FC0001FFFFC001FC0001FC0001FFFFC0018000FFC001FF800040001FFFFE0000003FFFC0001FFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFC000000000FC0001FFFFC001FE0001FE0001FFFFC00180007FC000FF800060001FFFFE0000003FFFC0003FFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFE0000000007E0001FFFFC001FE0001FE0001FFFFC00180007FC000FFC00060000FFFFE0000001FFFC0003FFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFE0000000003E0000FFFFC001FE0000FE0000FFFFC00180007FC0007FC00020000FFFFE0000001FFF80003FFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFE0000000001E0000FFFFC001FE0000FF0000FFFFC001C0007FC0007FC00030000FFFFE0010000FFF80003FFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFE0000000000F0000FFFFC001FE0000FF0000FFFFC001C0007FC0007FC00030000FFFFE00180007FF80007FFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFE0000000000700007FFFC001FF0000FF80007FFFC001C0007FC0003FC000380007FFFE00180007FF80007FFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFF0000000000380007FFFC001FF0000FF80007FFFC001C0003FC0003FE000380007FFFE001C0003FF80007FFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFF0000000000380007FFFC001FF0000FF80007FFFC001C0003FC0003FE000380007FFFE001E0003FF80007FFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFF0000000000180003FFFC001FF00007FC0003FFFC001C0003FC0001FE0001C0003FFFE001E0001FF0000FFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFF00000000001C0003FFFC001FF00007FC0003FFFC001E0003FC0001FE0001C0003FFFE001F0000FF0000FFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFF00007C00000C0003FFFC001FF00007FE0003FFFC001E0003FC0000FF0001E0003FFFE001F0000FF0000FFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFF80007F80000E0001FFFC001FF80007FE0001FFFC001E0003FC0000FF0001E0001FFFE001F80007F0000FFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFF80007FC0000E00000000001FF80007FE00000000001E0001FC0000FF0001E00000000001FC0007F0000FFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFF80007FE0000600000000001FF80003FF00000000001E0001FC00007F0000F00000000001FC0003F0001FFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFF80003FF0000700000000001FF80003FF00000000001F0001FC00007F0000F00000000001FE0001E0001FFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFF80003FF0000700000000001FF80003FF00000000001F0001FC00007F8000F00000000001FE0001E0001FFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFC0001FFC0003C0000000001FFE0001FFE0000000001F8000FC00000FC0007E0000000001FFE00000003FFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFE0001FFC0001E0000000001FFE0001FFE0000000001F8000FC00000FC0007E0000000001FFF00000003FFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFE0001FFC0001E0000000001FFE0001FFE0000000001F8000FC00000FC0007F0000000001FFF00000007FFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFE0000FFC0001F0000000001FFE0000FFF0000000001F8000FC000007C0003F0000000001FFF80000007FFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFE0000FFC0001F0000000001FFE0000FFF0000000001FC0007C000007E0003F0000000001FFF80000007FFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFE0000FFE0001F0001FFC001FFE0000FFF8001FFC001FC0007C000003E0003F8000FFE001FFFC0000007FFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFE0000FFE0000F8001FFC001FFF0000FFF8000FFC001FC0007C000003E0003F8000FFE001FFFE000000FFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFF0000FFE0000F8000FFC001FFF0000FFF8000FFC001FC0007C000003E0003F8000FFE001FFFE000000FFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFF0000FFE0000F8000FFC001FFF00007FFC000FFC001FC0007C000001F0001FC000FFE001FFFF000000FFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFF00007FE0000FC000FFC001FFF00007FFC0007FC001FE0007C002001F0001FC0007FE001FFFF000000FFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFF00007FF0000FC0007FC001FFF00007FFE0007FC001FE0003C002001F0001FE0007FE001FFFF800000FFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFF00007FF0000FE0007FC001FFF80007FFE0007FC001FE0003C003000F0001FE0007FE001FFFFC00001FFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFF80007FF00007E0007FC001FFF80007FFE0003FC001FE0003C003000F0001FE0003FE001FFFFC00001FFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFF80007FF00007E0003FC001FFF80003FFF0003FC001FE0003C00300078001FF0003FE001FFFFE00001FFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFF80003FF00007F0003FC001FFF80003FFF0003FC001FE0003C00380078000FF0003FE001FFFFE00001FFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFF80003FF80007F0003FC001FFF80003FFF0001FC001FF0003C00380078000FF8001FE001FFFFE00001FFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFF80003FF80007F0001FC001FFF80003FFF8001FC001FF0001C003C0038000FF8001FE001FFFFE00001FFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFC0000000007FFC000001F80000000000FC000001FFF0000003FFE0000007FFC000001FFFC0003F80007FFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFE000000000FFFC000001F80000000000FE000001FFF8000003FFE0000007FFE000001FFFC0003FC0003FFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFF000000000FFFE000001F80000000000FE000001FFF8000003FFF0000007FFE000001FFFC0003FC0003FFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFC00000000FFFE000001FC0000000000FE000001FFF8000003FFF0000007FFE000001FFFC0003FE0001FFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFE00000000FFFE000001FC00000000007F000001FFF8000003FFF0000007FFF000001FFFC0003FE0001FFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFF00000001FFFF000001FC00000000007F000001FFF8000003FFF8000007FFF000001FFF80003FF0000FFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFC0000001FFFF000001FC00000000007F000001FFF8000003FFF8000003FFF800001FFF80007FF0000FFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFE0000003FFFF800001FC00000000007F800001FFFC000003FFF8000003FFF800001FFF80007FF80007FF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFF0000007FFFF800001FC00000000007F800001FFFC000003FFFC000003FFF800001FFF80007FF80007FF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFF800000FFFFF800001FE00000000003FC00001FFFC000003FFFC000003FFFC00001FFF00007FFC0003FF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFE00001FFFFFC00001FE00000000003FC00001FFFC000003FFFE000003FFFC00001FFF00007FFC0003FF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFF00007FFFFFC00001FE00000000003FC00001FFFC000003FFFE000003FFFE00001FFF00007FFE0001FF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFF8003FFFFFFC00001FE00000000003FE00001FFFC000003FFFF000003FFFE00001FFF00007FFE0001FF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF0000(CR)
8030FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF0000(CR)
FFFF(CR)
^BL(CR)
1Y1100000000000LOGO(CR)
E(CR)
Figure M-1: Sample Datamax 7-bit ASCII File Image
Figure M-2: Sample Label
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UPC-A and EAN-13: Variable Price and Weight Bar Code
The EAN/UPC standard allows for an additional checksum to be generated in the middle of the bar code
based on the data. This is used when the price or weight of an item is embedded into the bar code data
(commonly used in the food industry).
For the printer to generate this checksum, a ‘V’ must be placed in the data stream in the position the
checksum is requested. If the ‘V’ is placed in the 6th position for UPC-A or the 7th position for EAN-13,
a checksum will be generated using the next five digits in the data stream. If the ‘V’ is placed in the 7th
position for UPC-A or the 8th position for EAN-13, a checksum will be generated using the next four
digits in the data stream. The checksum is generated per the EAN/UPC bar code standard.
Examples:
1B110000200020012345V01199
This record format prints a UPC-A bar code with the variable price checksum in the sixth position.
1B1100002000200123456V0150
This record format prints a UPC-A bar code with the variable price checksum in the seventh position.
1F1100002000200123456V01199
This record format prints an EAN-13 bar code with the variable price checksum in the seventh position.
1F11000020002001234567V0150
This record format prints an EAN-13 bar code with the variable price checksum in the eighth position.
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International Language Print Capability (ILPC) Programming Examples
ILPC, offered as a field upgrade or a factory installable option, allows the printing of non-English
character sets, available with Western European language support (CG TIMES), KANJI language
support (GOTHIC B / GOTHIC E), and Chinese language support (SIMPLIFIED GB). All of the features
are embedded in the printer resident firmware and accessible through DPL thus eliminating excessive
download time of bitmapped characters. Using scalable technology licensed from AGFA, this firmware
allows users to print smooth characters in sizes from 4pt (1.4 mm) to 999pt (350 mm) in over 40
languages. Consult Appendix I for code page selections. Specific details regarding which characters are
supported in each option can be obtained through Datamax Technical Support at 407-523-5540.
ILPC - CG TIMES Option
The CG Times Option is a single-byte scalable font consisting of four typefaces in 38 Western European
languages. This option contains over 900 unique characters in each of the four typefaces from the CG
Times typeface family, Normal, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic. Single-byte scalable fonts are selected using
a print format record (see Generating Label Formats and Appendix H for details).
Scalable CG TIMES Font Code (‘eee’ field):
SA0 SA1 SA2 SA3 -

CG TIMES

CG TIMES ITALIC

CG TIMES BOLD

CG TIMES BOLD ITALIC
Sample Greek DPL file and resulting label:
<02>L<CR>
D11<CR>
ySWG<CR>
1911SA003600020P020P020(WG) Greek Characters from<CR>
1911SA003000085P020P020the internal Symbol Set,<CR>
1911SA002400085P020P020font code SA0<CR>
1911SA001500050P020P020<ca><e1><eb><f9><f3><ef><f1><df><f3><e1><f4><e5><20><d3><f5><ed>
<dd><e4><f1><e9><ef><20><CR>
1911SA001100100P020P020<f4><f9><e3><20><c5><f4><e1><df><f1><f9><e3><20><f4><e7><f2><CR>
1911SA000700140P020P020Datamax<CR>
1X1100000100020B365190005005<CR>
Q0002<CR>
E<CR>
Note: The notation “<xx>“ in this DPL file should be interpreted by the reader as representing the
hexadecimal value of the character sent to the printer.
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ILPC-KANJI Option
The Kanji Option is a double-byte scalable font supporting Kanji Gothic B and Gothic E. In the doublebyte format the printer recalls one character printed from every two 8 bit bytes sent from the host.
Double-byte scalable fonts are selected using a print format record (see Generating Label Formats and
Appendix H for details).
Scalable Double-Byte Font Map - KANJI
Binary
Font Name
Addressing
HG-Gothic-B Kanji Scalable
√
eee
(Font Code)
U40
Scalable
Font Type
Scalable Resident
u40
Scalable Resident
HG-Gothic-B Kanji Scalable
UK1
Scalable Resident
HG-Gothic-E Kanji Scalable
uK1
Scalable Resident
HG-Gothic-E Kanji Scalable
√
u50 - u5z
u90 - u9z
U50 - U5z...
U90 - U9z
Scalable Non-Resident
(download)
Scalable Non-Resident
(download)
User defined
√
User defined
Hex ASCII
Addressing
√
√
Code
Pages
EUC, JIS,
SJIS, UC
EUC, JIS,
SJIS, UC
EUC, JIS,
SJIS
EUC, JIS,
SJIS
√
Note: Not all fonts contain an entire compliment of character codes for a given character map.
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Sample Kanji Gothic B DPL file (binary addressing) and the resulting label:
<02>L<CR>
D11<CR>
ySPM<CR>
1911S0003100010P020P015Scalable Kanji Gothic B Available<CR>
1B110000020017001234567890<CR>
yUJS<CR>
1X1100001900010b0392011000020002<CR>
112200002800030JIS CHARACTER’S IN ALL 4 ROTATION’S<CR>
112200002600030Rotation 1<CR>
1911U4002650150P012P012<4D><3F><21><21><21><21><4D><4F><21><21><21><21><4D><5F><21>
<21><21><21><4D><6F><00><00><CR>
112200002400030Rotation 2<CR>
2911U4002600150P012P012<4D><3F><00><00><CR>
2911U4002600205P012P012<4D><4F><00><00><CR>
2911U4002600250P012P012<4D><5F><00><00><CR>
2911U4002600300P012P012<4D><6F><00><00><CR>
112200002200030Rotation 3<CR>
3911U4002330315P012P012<4D><6F><21><21><21><21><4D><5F><21><21><21><21><4D><4F><21>
<21><21><21><4D><3F><00><00><CR>
112200002000030Rotation 4<CR>
4911U4001950165P012P012<4D><3F><00><00><CR>
4911U4001950215P012P012<4D><4F><00><00><CR>
4911U4001950265P012P012<4D><5F><00><00><CR>
4911U4001950315P012P012<4D><6F><00><00><CR>
1X1100001100010b0392007500020002<CR>
112200001650030SCALING JIS CHARACTER’S<CR>
1911U4001200020P010P020<21><6F><00><00><CR>
1911U4001200050P020P020<21><6F><00><00><CR>
1911U4001200080P030P020<21><6F><00><00><CR>
1911U4001200110P040P020<21><6F><00><00><CR>
1911U4001200145P040P030<21><6F><00><00><CR>
1911U4001200190P040P040<21><6F><00><00><CR>
1911U4001200250P040P050<21><6F><00><00><CR>
1911U4001200320P040P060<21><6F><00><00><CR>
112200000050010NORMAL
INVERSE<CR>
112200000050245 NORMAL
MIRROR<CR>
1911U4000250010P040P040<21><6F><00><00><CR>
1911U4000250245P040P040<4B><30><00><00><CR>
A5<CR>
1911U4000250090P040P040<21><6F><00><00><CR>
A1<CR>
M<CR>
1911U4000250390P040P040<4B><30><00><00><CR>
M<CR>
E<CR>
Note: The notation “<xx>“ in this DPL file should be interpreted by the reader as representing the
hexadecimal value of the byte sent to the printer.
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Sample Kanji Gothic E DPL file (Hex-ASCII addressing) and resulting label:
<02>L<CR>
D11<CR>
ySPM<CR>
1911S0003100010P020P015Scalable Kanji Gothic E Available<CR>
1B110000020017001234567890<CR>
yUJS<CR>
1X1100001900010b0392011000020002<CR>
112200002800030JIS CHARACTER’S IN ALL 4 ROTATION’S<CR>
112200002600030Rotation 1<CR>
1911uK102650150P012P0124D3F212121214D4F212121214D5F212121214D6F<CR>
112200002400030Rotation 2<CR>
2911uK102600150P012P0124D3F<CR>
2911uK102600205P012P0124D4F<CR>
2911uK102600250P012P0124D5F<CR>
2911uK102600300P012P0124D6F<CR>
112200002200030Rotation 3<CR>
3911uK102330315P012P0124D6F212121214D5F212121214D4F212121214D3F<CR>
112200002000030Rotation 4<CR>
4911uK101950165P012P0124D3F<CR>
4911uK101950215P012P0124D4F<CR>
4911uK101950265P012P0124D5F<CR>
4911uK101950315P012P0124D6F<CR>
1X1100001100010b0392007500020002<CR>
112200001650030SCALING JIS CHARACTER’S<CR>
1911uK101200020P010P020216F<CR>
1911uK101200050P020P020216F<CR>
1911uK101200080P030P020216F<CR>
1911uK101200110P040P020216F<CR>
1911uK101200145P040P030216F<CR>
1911uK101200190P040P040216F<CR>
1911uK101200250P040P050216F<CR>
1911uK101200320P040P060216F<CR>
112200000050010NORMAL
INVERSE<CR>
112200000050245 NORMAL
MIRROR<CR>
1911uK100250010P040P040216F<CR>
1911uK100250245P040P0404B30<CR>
A5<CR>
1911uK100250090P040P040216F<CR>
A1<CR>
M<CR>
1911uK100250390P040P0404B30<CR>
M<CR>
E<CR>
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ILPC-CHINESE Option
The Chinese option is a double-byte scalable font supporting Simplified GB Chinese. In the double-byte
format, the printer recalls one character printed from every two 8-bit bytes sent from the host. Doublebyte scalable fonts are selected using a print format record (see Generating Label Formats and Appendix
H for details).
DPL Big 5 Encoding Support: The printer firmware supports font files that are encoded for the GB
Character Map and the Big 5 Character Map. The resident Asian font in the printer is encoded in the GB
Character Map. To utilize the Big 5 Character Map, the user must download a font file that is Big 5
encoded. The font file downloaded must be of a size compatible with the module size available. Printing
characters from the Big 5 encoded font file is accomplished by:
1. Setting the character mapping with a System Command or Label Format Command (<STX>yUB5 or
yUB5, respectively).
2. Setting the ‘b’ field = ‘9’ and ‘eee’ field = ‘Unn’, where ‘nn’ is equal to the Font ID number selected
for the Big 5 encoded font file downloaded.
3. Selecting string data corresponding to the Big 5 Character Map.
eee
(Font Code)
UC0
Scalable Double-Byte Font Map - CHINESE
Scalable
Font
Binary
Font Type
Name
Addressing
Scalable Resident
Simplified GB Chinese
√
uc0
Scalable Resident
U50 - U5z...
U90 - U9z
u50 - u5z
u90 - u9z
U50 - U5z...
U90 - U9z
u50 - u5z
u90 - u9z
Scalable Non-Resident (Download) Big 5
√
Simplified GB Chinese
√
√
Scalable Non-Resident (Download) User defined
GB
B5
√
Scalable Non-Resident (Download) Big 5
Scalable Non-Resident (Download) User defined
Hex ASCII Code
Addressing Pages
GB
B5
–
√
–
Sample Simplified GB Chinese DPL file (binary addressing) and resulting label:
<02>L<CR>
D11<CR>
ySPM<CR>
1911S0003100010P020P015Scalable Chinese Available in GB Character Set<CR>
1B110000020017001234567890<CR>
yUGB<CR>
1X1100001900010b0392011000020002<CR>
112200002800030GB CHARACTER’S IN ALL 4 ROTATION’S<CR>
112200002600030Rotation 1<CR>
1911UC002650150P012P012<BD><D0>A1><A1><A1><A1><BD><D1><A1><A1><A1><A1><BD><D2><A1><A1>
<A1><A1><BD><D3><00><00><CR>
112200002400030Rotation 2<CR>
2911UC002600150P012P012<BD><D0><00><00><CR>
2911UC002600205P012P012<BD><D1><00><00><CR>
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2911UC002600250P012P012<BD><D2><00><00><CR>
2911UC002600300P012P012<BD><D3><00><00><CR>
112200002200030Rotation 3<CR>
3911UC002330315P012P012<BD><D3><A1><A1><A1><A1><BD><D2><A1><A1><A1><A1><BD><D1><A1>
<A1><A1><A1><BD><D0><00><00><CR>
112200002000030Rotation 4<CR>
4911UC001950165P012P012<BD><D0><00><00><CR>
4911UC001950215P012P012<BD><D1><00><00><CR>
4911UC001950265P012P012<BD><D2><00><00><CR>
4911UC001950315P012P012<BD><D3><00><00><CR>
1X1100001100010b0392007500020002<CR>
112200001650030SCALING GB CHARACTER’S<CR>
1911UC001200020P010P020<BA><D0><00><00><CR>
1911UC001200050P020P020<BA><D0><00><00><CR>
1911UC001200080P030P020<BA><D0><00><00><CR>
1911UC001200110P040P020<BA><D0><00><00><CR>
1911UC001200145P040P030<BA><D0><00><00><CR>
1911UC001200190P040P040<BA><D0><00><00><CR>
1911UC001200250P040P050<BA><D0><00><00><CR>
1911UC001200320P040P060<BA><D0><00><00><CR>
112200000050010NORMAL
INVERSE<CR>
112200000050245 NORMAL
MIRROR<CR>
1911UC000250010P040P040<BD><E0><00><00><CR>
1911UC000250245P040P040<BD><E1><00><00><CR>
A5<CR>
1911UC000250090P040P040<BD><E0><00><00><CR>
A1<CR>
M<CR>
1911UC000250390P040P040<BD><E1><00><00><CR>
M<CR>
E<CR>
Note: The notation “<xx>“ in this DPL file should be interpreted by the reader as representing the
hexadecimal value of the byte sent to the printer.
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Downloading Firmware
The printer stores its Boot Loader, Operating Program, and Font in Flash memory on the main PCB. This
configuration allows updates (bug fixes and/or new features) to this firmware. Depending upon the
printer’s firmware revision level, one of the following procedures can be used to update the firmware.
Note: Printers with older versions of the Boot Loader must first have the new version 83-2279-04A
installed. See the Install_Instructions.txt file associated with the package or the Boot Loader file.
This version of the firmware requires the compatible version of the Boot Loader, Program and
Fonts:
Boot Loader firmware 83-2279-04A (filename A3227904_4.01_boot.dlf) or later, font
firmware 83-2281-04B (filename B3228104_4.02_fonts.dlf) or font firmware 83-2332-04B
(filename B3233204_4.02_font_with_user_flash_module.dlf) or later.
Installing printer system firmware version 4.06 P/N 83-2325-04F (filename
F3232504_4.06_program.dlf) will result in a default power-up configuration. Any user, special
Setup Menu values will be destroyed. Prior to installing this firmware print the Setup Menu list
(See the Operator's Manual) to provide a record of the current configuration. After installing the
new firmware, enter the Setup Mode to re-configure the printer as desired. If a DPL
configuration file is available, then that same file may be used to re-configure the printer.
Updating instructions for printers with a current firmware version of 4.05 and below:
1. Identify the desired firmware revision from the Datamax FTP site at ftp://ftp.datamaxcorp.com and
download the desired version on to your computer’s hard drive or a floppy disk.
2. With the printer’s power turned ‘off’, simultaneously press and hold the PAUSE and CANCEL
Buttons then power ‘on’ the printer. (All front panel indicators should be ‘on’ now; this is download
mode.) Release the buttons.
3. The printer is now ready to accept the new firmware data. Using the DOS copy command enter to
download:
copy filename.dlf lpt1/b
Note: Other programs (such as hyper-terminal and certain Windows programs) may also be
used to download this file.
Once the download begins the Paused and Fault Indicators will turn ‘off’. The printer will write to
Flash memory and the checksum and other data are validated. After a successful download is
complete, the printer will illuminate the Paused Indicator.
4. Toggle printer power.
5. Print a Configuration Label (<STX>Z) to verify the new firmware version.
If the download was unsuccessful, the ‘Fault’ Indicator will illuminate. In this case, try sending the
file again. If the download continues to fail, the following are possible causes:
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•
•
•
An invalid or corrupted file is being downloaded. Make sure the file you are attempting to
download is correct and applicable for your printer model.
Possible communications errors are occurring. Check the cable connections between the host
computer and the printer. Be sure to use a quality-shielded cable.
The printer could not successfully write to or erase the Flash memory; it may be defective. Try
again and if problem persists call for service
Updating instructions for printers with a current firmware version of 4.05 and above:
1. Identify the desired firmware revision from the Datamax FTP site at ftp://ftp.datamaxcorp.com and
download the desired version on to your computer’s hard drive or a floppy disk.
2. With the printer’s power turned ‘on’, the printer is now ready to accept the new firmware data. Using
the DOS copy command enter:
copy filename.dlf lpt1/b
Note: Other programs (such as hyper-terminal and certain Windows Driver programs) may also
be used to download this file.
The Paused Indicator blinks during the download. After a successful download, the printer will
illuminate the Paused Indicator steady. The printer will write to Flash memory after all data is
received, and the checksum and other data are validated. Then a ‘cold reset’ will occur. (When
connected through the serial port, the printer will also transmit an ‘R’ when complete.) Print a
Configuration Label (<STX>Z) to verify the new firmware version.
Conversely, if the download was unsuccessful, the ‘Fault’ Indicator will illuminate and the printer
will ‘warm reset’. (When connected through the serial port, the printer will also transmit a ‘T’ when
complete.) The previous firmware programming will not be affected, unless substantial firmware data
structure changes have occurred. If the printer fails to warm reset, it may be necessary to toggle
power ‘off’ and ‘on’, or simultaneously press and release PAUSE and CANCEL Buttons.
Note: The printer will wait forever for the specified number of bytes to be transmitted by the
host. If a communications error occurs and the host transmission is complete. The host
may transmit fill data or an <SOH># to ‘warm reset’ the printer.
If the download fails, try re-sending the file. If it continues to fail, the following are possible causes:
•
•
•
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An invalid or corrupted file is being downloaded. Make sure the file you are attempting to
download is correct and applicable for your printer model.
Possible communications errors are occurring. Check the cable connections between the host
computer and the printer. Be sure to use a quality-shielded cable.
The printer could not successfully write to or erase the Flash memory; it may be defective. Try
again and if problem persists, call for service.
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E-CLASS 4203 / 4304 Statement of Compatibility
The E4203, E4204, and E4304, printers have been designed to be compatible with the Ovation2 printer.
The firmware source code is shared with the Ovation2 and the DMX XL. All DPL parsing and font / bar
code / graphical imaging will perform the same. The obvious difference is the maximum print speeds.
Slight differences in the print heat tables may also be noticed.
Printer Setup – The E Class operator interface is different from the Ovation2 or the DMX XL. Default
(power-up) parameters may be set that are not available on the Ovation2. These include printer speeds,
start of print adjust, continuous label length, and others (refer to the Operator’s Manual for the entire
list). Also, refer to the Operator’s Manual for thermal transfer / direct print setup.
The E Class supports the Scalable Font Engine, which the Ovation2 does not. There are no scalable fonts
installed in the standard E Class configuration, but the printer will accept and print TrueType fonts like
the DMX XL.
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Appendix R
Bar Code Symbology Information Sources
AIM International, Inc.
11860 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 101
Reston, VA 22091 USA
Tel: 703-391-7621
Fax: 703-391-7624
AIM JAPAN
Aios Gotanda Bldg. 6F
1-10-7 Higashigotanda
Shinagawa-ku Tokyo 141 Japan
Tel: 03-3440-9085
Fax: 03-3440-9086
AIM EUROPE
The Old Vicarage
Haley Hill, Halifax HX3 6DR
West Yorkshire, England
Tel: 44-1422-359161
Fax: 44-1422-3556904
AIM UK
The Old Vicarage
Haley Hill, Halifax HX3 6DR
United Kingdom
Tel: 44-1422-359161
Fax: 44-1422-355604
AIM USA
634 Alpha Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238-2802 USA
Tel: 412-963-8588
Fax: 412-963-8753
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
11 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 10036 USA
Tel: 212-642-4900
Fax: 212-398-0023
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Automotive Industry Action Group
26200 Lahser Road
Suite 200
Southfield, MI 48034 USA
Tel: 313-358-3570
Fax: 313-358-3253
Computing Technology Industry Association
450 E. 22 Street Suite 230
Lombard, IL 60148-6158 USA
Tel: 630 268-1818
Fax: 630 278-1384
Health Industry Business Communications Council
PO Box 53528
Phoenix, AZ 85018 USA
Tel 602-318-1091
International Article Numbering Association
(EAN)
Rue Royal 29
B-1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: 32-22-187674
Fax: 32-22-187585
Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC)
8163 Old Yankee Rd. Suite J
Dayton, OH 45458 USA
Tel: 513-435-3870
Fax: 513-435-4749
U.S. Government Printing Office
732 North Capitol Street NW
Washington, DC 20401 USA
Tel: 202-512-1991
Fax: 202-512-1293
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Glossary
alphanumeric Consisting of alphabetic, numeric, punctuation and other symbols.
backing material The silicon-coated paper carrier material to which labels with adhesive backing are
affixed. Also referred to as “liner”.
bar code A representation of alphanumeric information in a pattern of machine-readable marks. The
basic categories are divided into one-dimensional (UPC, Code 39, Postnet, etc.) and twodimensional barcodes (Data Matrix, MaxiCode, PDF417, etc.).
boot loader The resident program that loads the application from Flash memory, decompresses it into
the DRAM, and starts operations.
burn line The row of thermal elements in the printhead that create the images on the media.
calibration The process through which Media Sensor readings are entered into the printer for correct
sensor function (for example, detection of a given media type) and top of form positioning.
character set The entire complement of alphanumeric symbols contained in a given font.
checksum An alphanumeric error detection method used in many bar code symbologies for
informational security.
continuous media An uninterrupted roll or box of label or tag stock media that contains no gap, slit,
notch, or black mark to separate individual labels or tags.
cutter A mechanical device with a rotary or guillotine type blade used to cut labels or tags following
printing.
defaults The functional setting values returned following a factory reset of the printer.
diagnostics Programs used to locate and diagnose hardware problems.
die-cut media Media that has been cut into a pattern using a press, where the excess paper is removed
leaving individual labels, with gaps between them, attached to a backing material.
direct thermal The printing method that uses a heat sensitive media and only the heat of the thermal
printhead to create an image on the label.
direct thermal media Media coated with special chemicals that react and darken with the application
of heat.
DPI (dots per inch) A measurement of print resolution, rated in the number of thermal elements
contained in one inch of the printhead. Also referred to as “resolution.”
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Glossary
DPL (Datamax Programming Language) programming commands used specifically for control of
and label production in Datamax printers.
fan-fold Media that is folded and stacked.
feed speed The rate at which the media moves under the printhead in non-printed areas and between
labels.
Flash memory Non-volatile memory (does not require printer power to maintain data) that can be
erased and reprogrammed, used to hold the printer’s operating program.
font A set of alphanumeric characters that share a particular typeface.
gap A space between die-cut or notched labels used to sense the top-of-form.
IPS (inches per second) Imperial measurement of printer speeds.
label A paper or synthetic printing material, typically with a pressure sensitive adhesive backing.
label length The distance from the top of the label to the bottom of the label as it exits the printer.
label repeat The distance from the top of one label to the top of the next label.
label tracking Excessive lateral (side to side) movement of the media as it travels under the printhead.
label width The left to right measurement of the label as it exits the printer.
media Generalized term for all types of printing stocks, including: roll fed, continuous, butt-cut, diecut, reflective, and fanfold.
media hub Device in the printer used to support roll media.
media sensor An electronic device equipped with photosensors to detect media and the top-of-form on
die-cut, notched or reflective media.
MMPS (millimeters per second) Metric measurement of printer speeds.
notched stock Media, typically tag stock, with holes or notches in the material that is used to signal the
top-of-form. The printer must be set to ‘gap’ to use this media type.
perforation Small cuts extending through the backing and/or label material to facilitate their
separation. Also referred to as “perf”.
preprinted media Label stock that contains borders, text, or graphics, floodcoating, etc.
present sensor An electronic sensor that provides a signal to the printer firmware that a label is
present, typically mounted beyond the printhead, where the labels exit the printer.
print speed The rate at which the media moves under the printhead during the printing process.
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reflective media Media imprinted with carbon-based black marks on the underside of the material,
which is used to signal the top-of-form when the ‘reflective’ Media Sensor is enabled.
registration Repeatable top to bottom alignment of printed labels.
reverse speed The backward rate of media motion into the printer during tear-off, peel and present and
cutting operations for positioning the label at the start of print position.
ribbon An extruded polyester tape with several layers of material, one of which is ink-like, used to
produce an image on the label. Also referred to as “foil”.
roll media A form of media that is wound upon a cardboard core.
start of print The position on the label where the printing actually begins.
tag stock A heavy paper or synthetic printing material, typically featuring a notch or black mark for top
of form and no adhesive backing.
thermal transfer The printing method that creates an image by transferring ink from a ribbon onto the
media using the heat from the thermal printhead.
TOF (top-of-form) The start of a new label as indicated by a label gap, notch, mark or programming.
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A
alphanumeric · 52, 53,
alternate line terminator · 5, 35, 50, 142
ASCII characters · 2, 34, 37, 61, 64, 65, 116, 118
HEX ASCII addressing · 148, 150, 151
text file · 74
attention getter · 5
B
backfeed · 14, 27, 28, 141, 142
speed · 47, 139, 142
backing material · 159
bar code · 65, 155, 159
Aztec · 101, 102, 122 - 124
Codabar · 101, 102, 107
Code 128 · 101, 102, 104, 105, 110, 111, 124
Code 3 of 9 · 101 - 103
Code 93 · 101, 102, 109
DataMatrix · 101, 102, 116, 117
defaults · 102
EAN-13 · 101, 102, 106, 145
EAN-8 · 101, 102, 106
FIM · 101, 102, 114
Health Industry Bar Code · 101, 102, 107
height field· 61, 62, 65, 66, 87
Interleaved 2 of 5 · 101, 102, 104, 107, 108
MicroPDF417 · 101, 102, 127 - 129
PDF417 · 101, 102, 115
Plessey · 101, 102, 108
Postnet · 101, 102, 110, 114
QR Code · 101, 102, 118 - 122
Telepen · 101, 102, 112
UCC/EAN Code 128 · 101, 110
UCC/EAN Code 128 Random Weight · 101, 111
UCC/EAN Code128 K-MART NON EDI · 101, 111
UPC-A · 101 - 103, 143
UPC addendums, 101, 109
UPC-E · 101, 102, 104
UPS MaxiCode · 101, 102, 112 - 114
Basic program · 73
batch printing · 8, 9, 12, 14, 18, 39, 52 - 53, 140
baud rate · 32, 34
binary addressing · 148, 149, 151
binary control codes · 50, 5
bitmapped fonts · (See Fonts)
boot loader · 153, 159
boxes · 66, 67
brackets · 2
butt-cut media · 19, 160
buttons
cancel · 4, 8
feed · 4, 18 - 20, 31
pause · 4, 8, 16
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C program · 2, 74
calibration · 4, 159
cancel button · 4, 8
character set (Also see Symbol Sets)
double-byte · 16, 26, 51, 131, 132, 135, 148, 150, 151
encoding · 27, 34, 35, 141
maps · 133 - 135
single-byte · 2, 16, 26, 51, 131 - 136, 147, 149
checksum · 101, 159
Chinese fonts· 130, 133, 147, 151
circles · 62, 66, 68, 69
code page (Also see Symbol Sets) · 94, 96, 133 - 135, 147,
148
column
position · 61, 63
values · 137
Commands
<SOH># · 7, 9, 139, 154
<SOH>A · 7, 9, 142
<SOH>B · 8, 18, 142
<SOH>C · 8, 142
<SOH>D · 8, 15, 57, 142
<SOH>E · 8, 9, 142
<SOH>F · 7, 9, 142
<SOH>U · 9, 29, 142
<STX>a · 12, 141
<STX>AwmmddyyyyhhMMjjj · 11, 142
<STX>B · 12, 141
<STX>cnnnn · 13, 14, 30, 142
<STX>d · 13, 142
<STX>e · 14, 30, 141
<STX>Ennnn · 13, 14, 21, 52, 53, 142
<STX>fnnn · 14, 18, 32, 36, 142
<STX>F · 14, 141
<STX>G · 13, 14, 52, 53, 141
<STX>Iabfnn…n<CR>data · 15, 66, 141, 143
<STX>imtnnName<CR>xx…xdata · 16, 141
<STX>J · 16, 142
<STX>k · 16, 142
<STX>Kbnnn · 28, 141
<STX>KC · 29, 137, 141
<STX>KDwxyz · 5, 20, 25, 30, 32 - 35
<STX>KEex · 34, 35, 141
<STX>Kfnnnn · 32, 36, 142
<STX>KQ · 28, 36, 141
<STX>Kr · 37, 141
<STX>KR · 37, 141
<STX>L · 17, 39, 141
<STX>m · 17, 142
<STX>Mnnnn · 17, 142
<STX>n · 17, 142
<STX>o · 18, 141
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<STX>Onnnn · 14, 18, 19, 32, 33, 36, 142
<STX>p · 18, 141
<STX>P · 18, 141
<STX>Q · 19, 141
<STX>qa · 19, 141
<STX>r · 19, 30, 142
<STX>s · 13, 20, 142
<STX>S · 54, 55, 141
<STX>Sn · 13, 19, 142
<STX>t · 20, 142
<STX>T · 20, 141
<STX>Tstring · 11, 54 - 56, 141
<STX>U[T]nnss…s · 21, 22, 50, 141
<STX>v · 22, 141
<STX>Vn · 22, 30, 142
<STX>wa · 24, 142
<STX>Wa · 19, 23, 48, 141
<STX>xmtnn…n · 25, 26, 141
<STX>Xa · 24, 26, 49, 57, 135, 142
<STX>Y · 25, 141
<STX>ySxx · 26, 51, 91, 133 - 136, 141, 151
<STX>zm · 25, 26, 141
<STX>Z · 26, 141
communications · 7, 9, 12, 26, 32 - 34
compatibility · 13, 32, 155
configuration
label · 4, 11, 26, 29, 137, 141
query · 30
set · 29
continuous media · 13, 30, 31, 33, 34, 142, 159
control code
alternates · 5, 30, 34, 35, 54
embedding · 34, 35, 50
standard · 5, 30, 33, 34
conventions · 2
cutter · 18, 22, 30, 32 - 34, 39, 41, 141, 159
D
data bits · 32
data field · 63, 65, 66, 101
datamax programming language · 1, 2, 160
decrementing fields· 13, 20, 53, 54, 141
default · 159
bar code dimensions · 102
factory · 4, 7, 11, 29, 39
module · 24, 137
speeds · 139
delimiters · 34, 35
diagnostics · 159
die-cut media · 14, 31, 32, 159, 160
direct thermal · 31, 159
direct thermal media · 31, 159
double buffer mode · 13, 142
dot pattern label· 4, 20, 26, 141
dots per inch · 63, 65, 137, 159
DRAM · 7, 19, 20, 27, 36, 37, 57, 64, 137, 142
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E
edge sensor · 13, 14, 19, 26, 29, 30, 34, 141
embedding (Also see Control Code) · 52, 53, 56,
error codes · 89
extended system commands · 27
F
F buttons · 4
fan-fold media · 19, 160
feed button · 4, 18 - 20, 31
feed speed · 19, 49, 142, 160
feedback · 12, 139
field
decrementing · 13, 20, 53, 54, 141
incrementing · 13, 20, 52 - 54, 141
limits · 137
replacements · 13, 21, 50, 51, 141
firmware · 1, 22, 37, 141, 147, 151, 153 - 155
Flash memory · 9, 19, 24, 27, 29, 33, 57, 64, 137, 142, 153,
154, 159, 160
fonts · 50, 51, 72, 91, 159, 160
downloaded bit-mapped · 23 - 25, 58, 63, 64, 131, 132
Chinese · 132, 135, 147, 151
IntelliFont · 16, 64, 133, 134
internal bit-mapped and smooth· 52, 60 - 64, 84 - 87, 132
Kanji · 64, 101, 131, 132, 135, 147 - 150
Korean · 132, 135
scalable · 16, 25 - 28, 37, 43, 51 - 53, 60 - 65, 83, 131 134, 141, 147, 148, 151, 155
TrueType · 16, 43, 64, 133 - 135, 155
font attributes · 43
font downloading · 8, 16, 24, 57, 58, 131, 141, 153
font ID · 16, 23, 57, 61, 62, 83, 131, 141, 151
font loading commands · 57, 58
font mapping (Also see Symbol Sets) · 131, 148, 151
format record header · 21, 61, 83 - 85, 87, 101, 131
formatting attributes · 40
front panel · 4, 8, 89, 153
G
gap · 14, 30, 33, 34, 159, 160, 161
global register · 44, 55, 152
graphics · 60, 61, 63, 66, 160
H
heat value · 45, 141, 155, 159, 161
height multiplier · 42, 61, 62, 64, 66
hex dump mode · 18, 20, 26
horizontal adjustment (Also see Column Position) · 41
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I
image downloading · 8, 15, 137, 141, 142, 144
images · 25, 40, 60 - 63, 66
immediate commands · 5, 7, 8, 11, 17, 42
imperial (inches) mode · 13, 17, 18, 28, 37, 46, 142, 160
incrementing fields · 13, 20, 52 - 54, 141
IntelliFont · 16, 64, 133, 135
interface cable · 3, 4
internal module · 27, 28, 137, 151
internal test label · 4
IPS · 46, 47, 139, 160
J
Japanese · 133
Julian date · 11, 12, 55
K
Kanji · 64, 101, 118 - 121, 131, 132, 135, 147 - 150
Korean · 132, 135
L
label · 12 - 14, 16 - 19, 21, 28, 30, 31, 33, 39, 41, 42, 47,
48, 60 - 63, 137, 141, 142, 159 - 161
alignment · 30, 31
alignment length · 30, 31
database configuration · 4, 11, 26, 29, 137, 141
dot pattern · 4, 20, 26, 141
formatting · 8, 13, 14, 21, 25, 39, 43, 44, 48 - 51, 54, 59,
60, 89, 131, 137, 141
home position · 59, 63
length · 17, 28, 30, 31, 142, 160
preprinting · 41, 48, 160
printable width · 27 - 29, 37, 137
quantity · 9, 13, 14, 47, 142
sequencing · 52 -54
size · 13, 26, 29, 36
start of print position · 18, 32, 33, 36, 47, 141, 142
stop location/position · 14, 29, 30, 32, 44, 142
throughput · 13, 20, 27, 28, 50
top of form (TOF)· 18, 19, 25, 26, 28 - 31, 33, 37, 159,
161
width · 30, 160
line termination · 2, 5, 35, 50, 60, 64 - 68, 115 - 119, 122,
127, 142
lines · 62, 66, 67
M
media · 14, 19, 34, 59, 159 - 161
butt-cut · 19, 160
continuous · 13, 30, 31, 33, 34, 142, 159
die-cut · 14, 31, 32, 159, 160
direct thermal · 31, 159
fan-fold · 19, 160
notched · 14, 31, 160
reflective · 13, 19, 30, 31, 33, 34, 142, 160, 161
roll · 19, 159 - 161
sensor · 13, 14, 18, 19, 25, 30, 31, 33, 34, 159, 160
tag · 19, 159, 160, 161
thermal transfer · 31, 34, 155, 161
memory configuration · 27 - 30, 36
memory module · 15, 16, 19, 20, 23 - 30, 37, 48, 49, 62,
64, 66, 137, 141, 142
mirrored fields · 45
MMPS · 139, 160
module identifiers · 137
N
no paper min · 30, 31
notched stock · 14, 31, 160
O
operating program · 149, 160
options · 19, 22, 33, 34
P
paper fault · 4, 7, 9, 17
parameters · 2
parity · 33, 34
pause · 4, 7 - 9, 16, 18, 141, 142
pause button · 4, 8, 16
paused indicator · 4, 8
perforation · 160
point size · 63, 83, 84
polygons · 66 - 68
power connection · 3, 26, 29, 139
preprinted data · 13, 41, 48, 160
present
adjust · 29, 30, 32
sensor · 16, 22, 30 - 32, 34, 158
speed · 44, 142
print
buffer · 8, 13, 37
method · 30, 34
position · 18, 32, 41, 48, 59 - 61, 63 - 67 142
resolution · 28, 62, 65, 83, 137
speed · 46, 139, 142, 160
printable width · 27 - 29, 37, 137
printhead · 14, 20, 31, 42, 45, 62, 63, 141, 159 - 161
measurement
inch · 13, 17, 18, 28, 37, 46, 142, 160
metric · 17, 37, 46, 142
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R
real time clock · 11, 31, 37
rectangles · 69
record structure · 60 - 69
reflective
media · 13, 19, 30, 31, 33, 34, 142, 160, 161
sensor · 13, 19, 25, 30, 31, 33, 34, 142, 160
registration · 161
replacement fields · 13, 21, 50, 51, 141
resolution · 28, 42, 62, 63, 65, 83, 84, 102, 137,159
retrieve label formats · 48
reverse (backfeed) speed · 47, 139, 142, 161
ribbon · 7, 9, 25, 161
roll media · 19, 159 - 161
rotation · 40, 59 - 61, 64 - 68
row position · 48, 61, 63 - 68, 142
S
Scalable Font · (See fonts)
sensor values · 25, 30, 31, 33, 141, 159
serial port configuration · 29, 30, 32
single buffer mode · 20, 142
slew speed · 44, 49, 139, 142
smooth font · 52, 60 - 64, 84 - 87, 132
smooth scalable font processor · 28, 37
SOP adjust (Also see Start of Print Position) · 30, 32
special label-formatting commands · 11, 44, 54, 55
speed ranges · 139
speeds
backfeed (reverse) · 47, 139, 142, 161
feed · 19, 49, 142, 160
166
present · 44, 142
print · 46, 139, 142, 160
slew · 44, 49, 139, 142
start of print position · 18, 32, 33, 36, 47, 141, 142
stop location/position · 14, 29, 30, 32, 44, 142
store label · 49, 142
symbol sets · 26, 51, 83, 84, 91 - 99, 132 - 135, 141, 142
system-level command · 5, 7, 11, 27, 60
T
tag stock · 19, 159, 160, 161
termination commands · 42, 51
text presentation · 43
thermal transfer · 31, 34, 155, 161
throughput · 13, 20, 27, 28, 50
top of form (TOF)· 18, 19, 25, 26, 29 - 31, 33, 159, 161
triangles · 67, 69
TrueType fonts· 16, 43, 64, 133 - 135, 155
V
Visual Basic application · 75, 77, 79
version string · 22
vertical adjustment (Also see Row Position) · 48
W
width multiplier · 42, 61, 62, 64
word length · 32 - 34
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