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Printer Types, Print Styles, and Printer Drivers

The commands that a printer can understand vary from one type of printer to another. A printer type identifies a printer by manufacturer and model.

A print style tells the printer how a printed output should look. A printer driver delivers commands that tell the printer how to output the specified print style.

The ability to print a report in a particular print style depends on the type of printer the report file is sent to.

For each print style that a particular type of printer can print, a printer driver specific to the printer type and the operating system is required.

Attention: You must assign both a print style, and a printer driver to print that style, to each printer type you wish to print reports from in that style.

Figure 1 - 19.

Printer Type What kind of printer you have. This is the manufacturer and model. Two examples are a DEC LN03 printer and an HP Laserjet III printer.
Print Style A description of how your report should be printed. Print style determines the:
- Number of lines per page.
- Width of each line.
- Whether a header page should be printed.
Printer Driver The set of commands that tell a printer how to print in the Print Style chosen.
- Initialization sets printing orientation.
- Reset clears printer's instructions for next print job.

See Also

Overview of Printers and Printing

Defining Printer Types and Registering Printers

Print Styles

Printer Drivers

Hierarchy of Printer and Print Style Assignments

Printer Types field help

Printers field help

Print Styles field help

Printer Drivers field help

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