What Is line data?

Line data is simply unformatted data — that is, data with few or no embedded control characters to create font changes, page breaks, and so on. The line data is typically created by an application program. For example, an application might produce a bank statement that has line data indicating an account’s daily balance.

The InfoPrint line-data transform lets you format these kinds of data with a page definition and form definition for printing on InfoPrint-managed printer devices:

  • Single-byte ASCII data with no embedded control characters except for newlines.
  • Single-byte ASCII data that contains ANSI carriage-control characters, table-reference characters, or both.
  • Single-byte ASCII data that contains carriage returns and form feed controls if you specify the asciinp or asciinpe user-exit program.

When you transform the line-data job, you must specify a page definition and a form definition.

    Note:
  1. You cannot use the line-data transform when printing files containing Proprinter ASCII.
  2. When the line2afp command processes any unrecognized or unsupported keyword, line2afp issues a message, ignores the keyword, and continues processing any remaining keywords. The line2afp command then stops processing.
  3. InfoPrint also lets you transform and print DBCS ASCII data without a page definition. See InfoPrint Manager: Reference or the db2afp man page.