Character Text Path Direction Command

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Character Text Path Direction Command

This command allows the user to vertically rotate text for use in
vertical writing applications.

?

&c#T

Using

?

&c0T, the printer’s current active position (CAP) advances

left to right, and linefeed advances top to bottom with horizontal,
upright characters.

Using

?

&c–1T, the following actions occur:

• Full-width characters in large fonts are rotated

counter-clockwise 90 degrees (“vertical rotated” characters).

• Vertical substitutes are made for characters which change

their appearance, orientation, or positioning when written
vertically.

• All other characters are unaffected by this setting.

• The vertical-rotated printing mode (

?

&c-1T) has the effect of

transforming a portrait page with horizontal text into a
landscape page with vertical text. The PCL Print Direction
command can be used to achieve other text orientations.

# =

0

- Horizontal printing

-1

- Vertical rotated printing

Default

= 0

Range

= 0, 1

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2-34 Printer-Specific Differences

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Vertical substitution characters are those characters which change
their appearance, orientation, or positioning when written vertically.
Examples in Japanese fonts include parentheses, brackets,
punctuation and small kana. In the example above, the two small
characters are replaced with vertical substitutes. Vertical substitution
characters are accessed through the Vertical Substitutes Character
Segment, which is described in more detail later in this chapter.