Re: Compression, encoding, entropy

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 04:01:03 CDT

You need to ensure the resulting paper doesn't curl and will lie flat
when stacked, to make it easier to scan. Certainly archival quality
is important. Explain to me why they win on speed, cost, and
reliability. How does this compare to some $100-or-so HP inkjet
printer and a $20-or-so cartridge?

Best regards,

At 11:09 PM -0600 5/2/04, charlie strauss wrote:
>Are thermal printers not being considered? Seems like they would
>surely win on speed, cost, and relaibility. They are available in
>fan-fold and cut-sheet models that can print on firmer card stock
>than the conventional roll-fed models. I have read though i not
>investigated that they can be of archival quality.
> Another very reliable printer type is dye-sublimation or wax-ribon
>style thermal printers. Usually these are modestly expensive
>printers prized targeting the high end color photo market, but there
>also black and white versions. for OVC use they could be attractive
>because the dont have jets to clog or messy tonner issues. They are
>100 % dry usually using a dry film.
>as for printing 2-d barcodes on unsophisticated printers, have a
>look at the post offices web site. You can buy e-stamps and print
>them at home on ordinary printers. They must be quite robust. You
>also find them on lots of avery-labels used on packages.

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