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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Fri Jun 4, 1999  2:37 am
Subject:  Printing with SignWriter 4.3

>For our SignWriting Lab several computers and a laser printer were given
>to us to use. I need some advice on on to make the Panasonic KXP 4450
>laser printer to print out SW documents. Is there some special way I need
>to configure it. I have no problem printing from the Notebook program in
>Windows 3.1. Please help me because this would really help our SignWriter
>Lab .
>Pastor Ronald H. Dettloff


Hi Ron!
How wonderful that you have received donated computers.

As you know, printing in MS-DOS is always complicated. That is one of the
many reasons why Windows is an improvement over MS-DOS. When programmers
worked with MS-DOS years ago, they were not handed standard ways to program
printing. There were hundreds of different brands of printers in the world,
and the programmers had to program specially to make sure that each printer
worked with their software.

You can imagine, as a nonprofit organization, we did not have the money to
pay a programmer to do that kind of research, so our MS-DOS program was
only set up to print from three formats: dot-matrix, Postscript and
Hewlett-Packard mode. The problem is that even those three formats were not
100% standard back in the 1980's, so printing is the weakest part of
SignWriter 4.3.

Obviously we hope to solve these problems in SignWriter 5.0, but meanwhile,
until you have the new program, you will have to minipulate SignWriter 4.3
to print with whatever printers you have.

So, Ron, the first step is to find the manuals that came with the printers
and read them. Try to find a section in the manual about "printing modes"
and follow their instructions.

Then experiment in SignWriter, playing "mix and match" with the different
interfaces, and the different printing modes to see what works. Also, try
printing from Windows. If that doesn't work, try printing from MS-DOS.

Write to me privately if all this fails! Sooner or later we will fall on
the right combination of factors.

By the way, it is good you have laser printers, since they work with
ColumnMaker, and since SignWriter 4.3 does not always do well with ink-jet

Good luck, and keep us posted as to the student's reaction to typing signs
- I am curious to know what happens :-)

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton


The DAC, Deaf Action Committee for SW
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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