Introduction

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Introduction

Hewlett-Packard printers which support the PCL 5 printer language
contain slightly different feature sets, each suitable for that printer's
intended use. Each printer implements minor variations of PCL 5 as a
result of those differences. With new printer releases, new features
may be added with new commands and/or PCL operations which
require documentation.

The purpose of this guide is to identify the differences in the
implementation of the PCL 5 Printer Language for different
HP LaserJet and DeskJet printers, as compared to the features
described in the PCL 5 Printer Language Technical Reference
Manual
. This guide describes new commands and exceptions to
existing commands unique to the printers, as well as internal
typeface/font support and print environment settings.

Note

For information about products newer than those included in this
book, see the PCL5 Comparison Guide Addendum, which includes
product-specific information about newer products, as well as
commands and variables added to support these newer products.

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1-2 Printer Features

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This guide covers the following HP LaserJet printers:

This guide also covers the HP 1200C and 1600C DeskJet printers.

Introduction Date

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LaserJet III

March 1990

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LaserJet IIID

September 1990

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LaserJet IIISi

February 1991

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LaserJet IIIP

May 1991

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LaserJet 4, 4M

October 1992

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LaserJet 4Si, 4SiMx

April 1993

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LaserJet 4L, 4ML

May 1993

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LaserJet 4P, 4MP

September 1993

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LaserJet 4 Plus, 4M Plus, 4PJ

May 1994

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LaserJet 4V, 4MV

September 1994

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DeskJet 1200C, 1200/PS

May 1993

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Color LaserJet

September 1994

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LaserJet 4LC

March 1995

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DeskJet 1600C

March 1995

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LaserJet 4LJ Pro

May 1995

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LaserJet 5P, 5MP

May 1995

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LaserJet 5L

September 1995

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LaserJet 5Si, 5SiMx

November 1995

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Color LaserJet 5, 5M

March 1996

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LaserJet 5, 5M

April 1996

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LaserJet 5Si Mopier

October 1996

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LaserJet 6P, 6MP

October 1996

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LaserJet 6L

September 1997

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LaserJet 4000 series

November 1997

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LaserJet 5000 series

February 1998

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LaserJet 8000 series

May 1998

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LaserJet 8100 series

October 1998

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Color LaserJet 4500 series

October 1998

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Color LaserJet 8500 series

October 1998

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LaserJet 1100 series

October 1998

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LaserJet 2100 series

February 1999

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Printer Features 1-3