The printer is program-described.

Maybe I will have to mod the pgm to use an externally described printer - that should work. I was hoping that it would be possible to control the margins thru an OVRPRTF.

-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jim Franz
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2012 10:16 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: fun with printer overlays - how to change top margin by tinyincrements (.01 inches)

I know you said the overlay defined in strafpu.
Is the printer file dds also in the tool or can you get to the actual dds?
Printing in small increments is easy in dds with the position keyword:
1st number is vertical, 2nd is horizontal

A @ADVSRV11 40 POSITION(10.66 0.80)
A @ADVSRV12 40 POSITION(10.90 0.80)
A @ADVSRV13 40 POSITION(11.14 0.80)

Jim Franz

----- Original Message -----
From: "Stone, Joel" <Joel.Stone@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: "'Midrange Systems Technical Discussion'" <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2012 5:49 PM
Subject: fun with printer overlays - how to change top margin by
tinyincrements (.01 inches)

I have a border box (line) printing in a production job. On letter size
paper (portrait), the border line is 1/2" from the edge.

Now I have to move the box a hair up. Unfortunately, the overlay is
already defined in STRAFPU as starting on row 0. And it cant go negative.

Printer is HP with IPDS card. Printer file is created as devtype(*AFPDS).

The only thing I have found that works is to do an OVRPRTF
FRONTMGN(*DEVD), which tells the iseries to print at the very top of the
page, as far north as the printer can print.

This works perfectly for the BORDER lines, which moves up to the very top
of the printable area of the page.

Unfortunately, the TEXT that prints within the border MOVES also (which it
probably should).

The border AND the text move to the top left of the page, as far as the
north as the printer can print.

Now I have to move the border AND text down 1/4 inch.

I can move the border overlay down easily with the OVRPRTF FRONTOVL(OVL123
.25 0).

But, I CANT move the text down in small increments!! I can move down a
whole line by printing an extra line, but this is NOT fine enough control
to make the document look acceptable.

Now that I have given up the OVRPRTF FRONTMGN fine increment control by
the keyword OVRPRTF FRONTMGN(*DEVD), I cant figure out how to have fine
control of data placement.

Any ideas how to move the data down in small increments like .12" ?

Thanks in advance!!

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