Not really appropriate to OpenACS Q&A, but I'm hoping for some help in the spirit of the original Web/DB! Nobody else can seem to help me.
I've got an electronic till cash drawer attached to an Epson thermal (receipt) printer. The opening of the cash drawer is controlled by printing a certain letter in a certain Control font to the printer. This works fine as per the manual when I'm printing from Microsoft Word or Wordpad. My problem is trying to do this from HTML. I select my thermal printer (this should make the control font available), open and print a simple web page that looks like this:
<FONT FACE="control" size="10">A</font>
Instead of interpreting this as a control font command and passing it on to the cash drawer, the printer just prints out the letter A (which is one of my favourite letters, but not quite what I want to see coming out of my receipt printer!)
One of the guys here in the office said that the problem is that browsers print an image of whatever's on the page to the printer, rather than sending the actual page content. Is this true?
I had a brief and unhelpful chat with Epson's technical support? They had no idea how to print the control font from HTML, said they'd get back to me and never did.
Can anyone suggest a way I might achieve this? Any useful 3rd party products that I could look at? I've got a pretty ugly workaround using Scriptx from meadroid.com which involved opening MS Word and printing from there. Yack!