[Techtalk] Printing quality of web pages from HP 5L

Anne Wainwright anotheranne at fables.co.za
Fri Aug 1 21:20:11 UTC 2008


An update on this problem of printing web pages featuring monotype fonts (like the wikipedia page on 'newline') on my old HP 5L

I worked through an array of different drivers, trying the various settings. I have settled on the CUPS + gimp-print 4.2.5 which gives a marginal improvement, useable, just, maybe.

I had become used to a newer hp model with better printing. I see that Windows people also have a problem printing courier with the old 5L and then they download a truetype font 'dark courier' and use that in their apps. Some newer hp printers can be set to print a darker courier font, but I see no solutions like this for linux users.

But this problem is specific to web pages, so I changed the browser fonts, but although there were better mono fonts for onscreen, they printed just the same.

so no solution, I'll post if I find one though. I wonder if I upgrade my linux if the printer driver will have more features, or whether the TurboPrint system would be an improvement over CUPS. Not my most critical problem, but an annoying one.


On Sat, 26 Jul 2008 21:27:03 +0200
Anne wrote:

|> Hi, all,
|> For the record I printed out this page using my trusty HP 5L via CUPS
|> http://search.cpan.org/~gaas/HTML-Parser-3.56/lib/HTML/Entities.pm
|> The boxed items showing code come out very faint - barely legible in fact - whether I set to grayscale or colour (those are the options, no mono or similar option).
|> Have to say the print output in general under Win is better; whatever font I use the fine lines are always fading away a bit so tend to use a bigger font in linux)
|> Any comments on how i could improve the situation? Maybe it is a driver issue. Not sure what one I used,  It says
|> HP Laserjet 5, foomatic+gimp-print-ijs
|> so possibly one saying gimp. (and for the record, just what is foomatic?)
|> bestest with thanks
|> Anne

so much to do, so little time :(

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