Formatting Issues

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From: chuck adams (adams@chuck.dallas.sgi.com)
Date: Fri Sep 23 1994 - 14:59:06 EDT


Gang,

Here we go again on this issue that has plagued
computer hackers for ages.

HPGL - Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language - used for plotters
PostScript - printing language for printers like the Applewriter, etc.
GIF - Graphics Interchange Format

and a multitude of other formats.

There are a number of tools available to get information
from one format to another, but not all of them.

The HPGL, which is what my plot routines use that I produced
schematics for the newsletter and MXM's rig, I can convert to
PostScript.

HPGL will take up less disk space.
PostScript will be printable without conversion and also
displayable without printing on all workstations and most
PCs.

GIF, created and copyright by Compuserve, is used for photos
etc., but doesn't seem to be all that nice and neat for scaling, etc.

My $0.02 worth of information and opinion. My vote is start
with the lowest, HPGL, and we can migrate upward easily, but
it's not that easy going the other way. W7EL in his Elnec
does HPGL, which is just fine. It's accurate and it's portable.

dit dit
SIG
Chuck Adams K5FO CP-60
adams@sgi.com


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