Patent Number: 6,166,822

Title: Method of printing with a host based printer using an internal font

Abstract: A method of printing a print image on a print medium using a printer includes providing a text printing mode, wherein a first predetermined number of bits identify a selected character to be printed. A host based printing mode is provided wherein selected bits each indicate whether a corresponding pixel should be printed. The printer is initialized to print in either one of the text printing mode and the host based printing mode. A second predetermined number of bits of a data stream associated with the print image to be printed are received within the printer. The second predetermined number of bits is examined to determine a presence of a command therein. The printer is enabled to print in an enabled printing mode. The enabled printing mode includes either the text printing mode or the host based printing mode, dependent upon the examination of the second predetermined number of bits. The printer is used to print on the print medium in the enabled printing mode.

Inventors: Harrington, III; Paul (Versailles, KY), Mayo; Randall David (Georgetown, KY)

Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.

International Classification: G06K 15/02 (20060101); B41B 015/00 (); B41J 015/00 (); G06F 015/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017