Iseries print position problem

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AS/400 printing
DDS
I am having difficulty positioning output in the same position on a page across different printers using line/column positioning in DDS. If I use the position keyword in the same document across these printers then the output is positioned on the page in exactly the same spot each time. I want to avoid using this method as I am simply applying overlays to exist print files. One of the printers concerned is a raster mode printer and I believe I can expect the same alignment on the page as this printer when I move to faxing the documents.

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Are you using a fixed pitch font? Variable pitch fonts have a diferent width per character, so even if you synchronise the fonts across printers, a change in content will alter alignment.
Where you need to print within linework, then your only hope is to use fixed font.

Rememebr that a space is also a character. You could conceivably fix the start point of each block / sentence / paragraph / word to an absolute position, but that isn’t really practical.

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  • TomLiotta
    One motivating reason for the "invention" of PDFs was that different printers would print documents differently. You're simply going to have to live with it, or use the same printers, or use the technologies that allow you the control that you want. Tom
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