[rfc-i] [IAB Trac] #266: Requirement for "Clear Printing"

Paul Kyzivat 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 [1] on Windows, lp or lpr [2]
>    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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