How To Setup Custom Pasta A4 Print Styles And Drivers (Doc ID 763274.1)

Last updated on MAY 09, 2017

Applies to:

Pasta - Version 11.5.10.0 to 12.1.3 [Release 11.5 to 12.1]
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Goal

As of E-Business Suite (EBS) Release 12, EBS does not have or deliver a working Pasta A4 print style and driver example for Character mode (Text) reports. A4 denotes the paper size and not the orientation or layout. Although the Pasta configuration file contains logic to identify the desired paper size by the NLS Language or Territory, it does not dynamically adjust the font size to accommodate the report. This Pasta logic seems to address only the paper tray selection.

The “A4” paper is narrower (8.27 inches / 210mm) and longer (11.69 inches / 297mm) than the “Letter” size paper, which is wider (8.5 inches / 215.9mm) and shorter (11 inches / 279.4mm).

If the same print style and driver are used for both “A4” and “Letter” paper sizes printing then the same font size will be used, because the printer driver and/or the Pasta configuration file determine the font size to be applied.

The font size can be adjusted and split to accommodate both paper sizes, but it may not be optimal. A perfect font size setting for the “Letter” paper will cause too much margin for the “A4” paper; whereas, a perfect font size setting for the “A4” paper will cause text truncation for the “Letter” paper.

The only precise solution for both paper sizes is to create a custom Pasta A4 print style and driver. Three styles and drivers may be needed in order to accommodate the three main report orientations and layouts found within EBS.

NOTE 1:  This setup is applicable to Character mode (Text) reports only. It is Not applicable to bitmap reports (Postscript, PDF, XML, etc). See <Note 394130.1> "How To Enable Printer Options Such As Duplex Printing Or Tray Selections For Bitmap Concurrent Programs".

Solution

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