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PCL font typeface

pcl typeface PCL font typeface is a number used as part of a PCL font selection sequence to identify a unique font family. The number is often used informally to ensure a particular font is selected but it is defined by HP as a 16 bit value.

Typeface Base Value are numbered as follows..

0Line Printer or Line Draw
3 Courier
5Times Roman
6Letter Gothic


0Reserved for generic typeface selection.
1HP use only.
2Agfa Division, Miles Inc.
4Bitstream Inc.
6Linotype Company
8The Monotype Corporation plc
20Adobe Systems, Inc.

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MSB pcl typefaces PCL Typeface Family Value pcl typefaces LSB
15 14pcl typefaces11 10pcl typefaces9 8pcl typefaces0
0 Vendor Version Typeface base value

For example, a common printer font is the family CG Times designated Typeface 4101 decimal or hexadecimal 0x1005. Thus, the Base value 5 = Times Roman, Vendor value 8 = The Monotype Corporation plc.

CG Times would be selected using the PCL escape sequence


select as primary font.


select as secondary font.

Note that most PCL printers will print a list of available fonts with the appropriate font selection sequences.

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