Contents of the LQF.DOC file
LQ Font Generator.
Dr. James K. Hardy
Department of Chemistry
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325
LQFont consists of two programs and 7 sample fonts for use with
the Epson LQ - 800/1000 printer. The system is distributed as an
.ARC file and should contain the following:
LQF.EXE Character editor program
LOAD.EXE Program to upload fonts to the printer
LQF.DOC This file
SCIENCE.FNT Various sample fonts.
This system is distributed under the "User Supported" concept.
If you find it to be of use, a $25.00 fee is requested. Please
send your check to the me at the address above.
LQF - The font editor.
CGA adapter required.
The program is started at the DOS prompt by entering LQF. Your
will then be asked for the name of the font file you wish to
edit. Enter the name (with no extension as a .FNT is added), if
the file exist, the data will be loaded. You can then edit a
character by pressing the appropriate key (eg. press 'a' to edit
the character to be stored as lower case a).
You will then see a 24 by 29 square grid which represents all
locations where a dot can be produced. Three bold horizontial
lines will be drawn which represent, from top to bottom, the
recommended cap for upper case letters, the recommended cap for
lower case letters, and the baseline. A bold vertical line is
also drawn to indicate the maximum width for 12 pitch characters.
Note: This grid is for NLQ letters. Draft and proportional
characters are not supported.
To create a character, you simply move the cursor to the block to
set and press the + key. A point can be turned off by pressing
the - key. F1 will clear the whole character and F2 will save
the character. The arrow keys (and the home,end,pgup,pgdn) are
used to move the characters. All other keys are ignored during
Once you have created a character, press F2 to save it. You will
then be asked for another character to edit. Pressing the space
bar will result in saving the current data and ending the
You may hear the computer beep and refuse to set a point. This
is when you break one of two rules.
1. Adjacent horizontial dots may not be set.
2. A combination of dots which would require that character code
26 be sent to the printer is not permitted.
To load a font file, enter LOAD at the DOS prompt. You will then
be asked for the font to load (omit the .FNT extension). The
font is then loaded to the printer in NLQ mode. You will then be
asked if you want a correspondence table which prints out the AS-
CII value, ROM character and your new character in a convenient
reference table. You can also load the font by entering:
at the DOS prompt.
In this case the font is directly loaded and no table is
produced. This is typically more convenient if you wish to load
a font from a batch file.
New fonts can be loaded simply by rerunning LOAD.
To use your new font, you must instruct your program (or word
processor) that you want to select the uploaded font. The com-
ESC % 1
To return to the ROM font, issue the command
ESC % 0
Sample fonts: Several fonts are included with the set. You
should look at them to get an idea as to the best way to make a
new character set.
If you have any questions on comments, please feel free to write
on leave me EMAIL on CompuServe [74414,452]