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page description language

[′pāj di‚skrip·shən ‚laŋ·gwij]
(computer science)
A high-level language that specifies the format of a page generated by a printer; it is translated into specific codes by any printer that supports the language. Abbreviated PDL.

Page Description Language

(PDL) A language such as Adobe Systems, Inc.'s PostScript or Xerox's Interpress which allows the appearance of a printed page to be described in a high-level, device-independent way. Printing then becomes a two-stage process: an application program produces a description in the language, which is then interpreted by a specific output device. Such a language can therefore serve as an interchange standard for transmission and storage of printable documents.

page description language

A high-level language for describing the layout of a page to be displayed or printed. The two major languages are Adobe's PostScript and HP's PCL, which are device independent and built into most printers. Adobe's PDF format is also widely used for printing as well as publishing on the Web (see PostScript, PCL and PDF). The standard for page-oriented XML documents is XSL-FO (see XSL).

It's Done in the Printer
With regard to PostScript and PCL, much of the character and graphics shaping is done within the printer rather than in the user's computer. Instead of downloading an entire font (containing the design of each and every character) from the computer to the printer, a command to build a particular font is typically sent, and the printer creates the characters from font outlines.

Likewise, in a similar way, a command to draw a circle is sent to the printer rather than sending the actual bits of the circle image. However, bitmaps can also be used when necessary.
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In its role, TC46 will produce a fully documented and unambiguous standard for an XML-based electronic paper format and page description language, appropriate W3C XML Schemas to enable automatic verification of files written to the standard and enable interoperability between existing industry implementations of applications, devices, tools and platforms.
Global Graphics (Brussels:GLOG) has launched a next generation SDK to provide printer and Multi Function Peripheral (MFP) manufacturers with high performance components for Page Description Language (PDL) interpretation and rendering across a wide range of embedded controller architectures and operating systems.
For over 15 years, our engineering team has continually demonstrated our commitment to developing our page description language solutions by investing in and advancing them for our customers.
The Harlequin Host Renderer SDK will be particularly useful to printer/MFP manufacturers who develop their own drivers and who need Page Description Language (PDL) technology that can accommodate new and emerging PDLs such as XPS.
Oak's imaging products include IPS(TM) (Integrated Print System) page description language emulations (PCL, PostScript and PDF); imaging compression /decompression (iCODEC(TM)) processors for digital imaging; and Imaging Digital Signal Processors (iDSP(TM)).
All these solutions are based on a common architecture which offers a cost-effective approach for printer manufacturers because they can reduce their engineering costs by standardizing on one platform for all their Page Description Language requirements instead of maintaining several different architectures.
a leading provider of embedded solutions for digital imaging and digital home entertainment markets, today announced that its IPS/5E page description language interpreter, that is compatible with HP's PCL5e and contains customized PCL5e compatible printer drivers, are featured in Heidelberg's Digimaster(R) 9150i printer.