Dear Adam,

The Epson ESC/P2 printer language was developed for impact printers using
continuous forms. As such, there was never a requirement for
portrait/landscape printing and as you have already discovered there is no
printer command to invoke this function on an Epson Inkjet that supports the
Epson ESC/P2 printer language.

Epson offers some Windows print drivers for these Inkjet printers with the
name "Epson Stylus xxx Scalable Font" where the xxx is equal to the model
number of the printer. The drivers are available at the web
site. These drivers support both Portrait and Landscape orientation printing
on the Inkjet because they send the data to be printed as graphic data
rather than plain text.

If you were to configure a Client Access PC5250 print session that was not
using Host Print Transform (uncheck the box Transform Print Data to ASCII on
AS/400), the OS/400 EBCDIC data would be transferred natively from the
AS/400 to the PC running Client Access. If you also make sure that you do
not select the Use PDT checkbox, Client Access will convert your EBCDIC data
into a Windows format known as GDI on the PC running Client Access. The GDI
format is the generic input format required by Windows print drivers. You
will be able to use the Epson Windows print driver to format the AS/400 data
and landscape printing will then be supported.


Best Regards,

Paul Tykodi
Director, Printer Connectivity Product Management
LCI-Intermate US, Inc.

p: 603.431.0606 x115
f: 603.436.6432

>Hi Everyone,
>I was wondering if anyone knows of a list of iSeries supported printers. By
>supported I mean they have hex data available for customisation objects.
>The story is........
>Had a user who brought in their own little Epson Inkjet, plugged into their
>PC locally, and wants to be able to print from our AS/400s. We generally
>use Client Access AFP Viewer, but I can't work out how to get it to print
>more than 132 characters wide (the spool file required is 198). So, we
>thought, ah ha ! we'll use a Client Access print emulation session with a
>workstation customisation object. Prints the whole spool file but in
>portrait, not landscape. No problem, we thought, we'll just edit the
>customisation object. After much searching through the Epson Esc P2
>programming manual, we discovered there is no hex data for
>portrait/landscape for this particular model.
>The user in question is now asking for a list of "AS/400 supported
>printers", given that his Inkjet seems not to be fully supported (ie, no
>hex codes for things like landscape/portrait). It's my understanding that
>this sort of information would be provided by individual printer vendors,
>but I was just wondering if anyone is aware of an IBM supplied list for all
>Also, if anyone has any other suggestions for printing a 198 character wide
>report in landscape to a locally attached Epson Inkjet, I'm only to happy
>to hear them.
>Thanks in advance
>Adam Driver
>Technical Consultant
>Kaz Computer Services
>Level 7, 66 Wentworth Ave
>Surry Hills, Sydney    NSW   2010
>Phone : + 61 2 9844 0386

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