Terminology, Picture frame, Anchor point – Brother HL-2170W User Manual

Page 158: Graphics window, Hard clip limits, Soft clip limits, Graphics units, User units, Current units, Pens

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Picture Frame

The printer frame is the rectangular area of the page on which graphic output can be printed. This is based
on the logical page defined for the selected paper size.


Anchor Point

The anchor point of the picture frame is the top left hand corner of the frame. This can be moved on the
page using PCL language page control commands.


Graphics Window

The graphics window is the rectangular area of the page on which you can generate graphic output using
HP-GL/2 commands. Initially the graphics window is the same as the picture frame but may be altered
using the HP-GL/2 IW command.


Hard Clip Limits

Hard clip limits are the physical restrictions which define where printed output can appear on a page.


Soft Clip Limits

Soft clip limits are the user-defined restrictions which define where printed output can appear on a page.


Graphics Units

The initial coordinate system employs units of 1/1016" in both the x- and y-axes.


User Units

The HP-GL/2 graphics language uses a coordinate system. You can impose your own x- and y-scale units
on this system using the SC command.


Current Units

The units in use at a given time are called the current units. Current units are either user units or graphics
units, depending on whether scaling has been turned on or not. The SC command is used to turn scaling
on, that is, to make user units the current units.



By convention, certain HP-GL/2 graphics language commands are thought of as using a pen, which can
be either up or down. To produce plotted output the pen must be down. To move to a location on the
page without producing output the pen must be in the up position. Some HP-GL/2 commands require you
to specify the pen position before you use them, others have implied pen positions built into them, so that
you do not need to specify "Pen up" or "Pen down".