[rfc-i] [IAB Trac] #266: Requirement for "Clear Printing"
pkyzivat at alum.mit.edu
Tue Feb 19 08:14:13 PST 2013
On 2/18/13 7:56 PM, RJ Atkinson wrote:
> I think it is necessary that any future RFC be available
> in a text/plain format that prints:
> * equally well on either A4 or US-Letter paper,
> * using a dumb line printer (i.e., making no assumptions about
> availability of either variable-width fonts or variable fonts
> or vector graphics or HP PCL or Adobe Postscript in the printer),
> * without using complex print layout/page layout/formatting commands
> (e.g., commands present in ISO-646 values 0 through 32 --
> such as CR, LF, FF, VT, HT, NUL -- would continue to be fine),
> * with ordinary commonplace *command-line* printing tools
> (e.g., the CLI "Print" command  on Windows, lp or lpr 
> on Unix-like systems)
Some of us once used real line printers (refrigerator sized, noisy, with
fanfold paper). I don't miss them.
Does *anybody* still use a printer that can't handle a wide range of
fonts and font sizes?
IMO it is ridiculous to preserve these kinds of requirements.
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