Printer's font

Doug dmcgarrett at
Fri Aug 5 06:08:16 UTC 2011

On 08/05/2011 01:38 AM, Ric Moore wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-08-04 at 21:45 -0400, Doug wrote:
>> On 08/04/2011 09:29 PM, H.S.Rai wrote:
>>> On Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 10:52 PM, Steve Flynn<anothermindbomb at>   wrote:
>>>> Dot Matrix - really?
>>> Yes.
>>>> Apart from "why are you still using a dot matrix
>>>> printer",
>>> To print multiple copies with carbon.
>>>> this doesn't really surprise me.
>>> <snip>
>>>> If it's a dot matrix printer, you probably only have a choice of Courier,
>>>> Courier Italic, Courier Bold and sub/super scripts.
>>> If I am able to use font from printer, then even "Script" font
>>> (selectable from front panel) is good. I can use it from console, but
>>> not from GUI application. SO I need help to use printer's font from
>>> GUI applications.
>>>> Are you *really* sure it's a Dot Matrix printer?
>>> I am surprised on your surprise. Search Internet and you can find many
>>> companies are in business of Dot Matrix Printer.
>> Lots of businesses that need to provide receipts to customers use
>> multi-layer carbon forms which are printed on dot-matrix
>> printers.  The only printers I have not seen in many years are the
>> daisy-wheels.  (I used to have one!)  Well, I haven't seen
>> a Teletype machine in even longer!
> My first printer, a teletype 43
I just looked at the pretty pictures.  I never saw anything neat like 
that.  the TT machines I'm familiar with
were big old hulking brutes that stood on the floor.  They used 8½" wide 
roll paper, and iirc, they only printed
capital letters, but I could be wrong there.  Also numbers, of course, 
and most common punctuation. Up until I
retired in 2002, I had a roll of punched TT tape in my desk drawer, with 
a filter design program on it. I don't know
why I kept it--certainly I could never print it out--but somewhere along 
the line I had gotten a transcribed version
on a floppy.  It was written in standard BASIC, and would run on Atari, 
Commodore, a CPM system, or IBM-PC with
(or without!) DOS. (The original PC had BASIC in ROM.  The knock-offs 
had a socket that you could plug an
illegal ROM copy into.) I don't remember how I translated all the floppy 
formats so you could run code on any of
those machines. I'm almost certain that I could still find that code in 
my stuff, somewhere, on DOS floppy.


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