In article <jKhxl.72570$FI5.firstname.lastname@example.org>, IT News wrote:
> The data format default setting for some PS drivers is ASCII and for some
> other ones is TBCP.
> What are the advantages of using one over the other, please?
My PS is rusty but if memory serves, TBCP is one method of sending binary
data *as* binary data w/o risking problems that would ordinarily result from
random occurrences of characters like Ctrl+D.
With ASCII, the same data would have to be converted to ASCII, meaning that
each binary byte turns in to two ASCII bytes.
This was A Very Big Deal when we hooked up printers using serial cables,
less so with parallel connections and with USB/network connections, it's not
all that material any longer, unless you're printing a LOT of images using
binary EPS or the like.
Note that in the link Doug provided, the author VASTLY overstates his case.
He's assuming that all print jobs are Photoshop-type images, where ascii vs
tbcp can make a big difference.
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