Hewlett-Packard created the Printer Command Language (simply referred to as “PCL” in the industry) to provide an economical and efficient way for application programs to control a range of printer features across a number of printing devices. PCL 5 was first released in 1990 on the LaserJet III series printers and added HP-GL/2 to enhance its desktop publishing capabilities.
HP released an object oriented version of PCL in the mid-1990’s - PCL XL which was optimized for printing from GUI interfaces such as Windows and compressed to optimize throughput.
These two printer languages are found on virtually every business printer sold today, making it essential that printer driver developers and printer manufacturers support them.
QualityLogic has been developing conformance test suites for the different versions of PCL since 1988. These test suites are designed to test all documented commands in the language specifications and we have several different test offerings available to meet our customer’s testing needs.
- Thorough, in-depth testing for conformance to spec
- Command-level and application level testing options available
- Detailed test specification describe all elements of each test
- Powerful efficiency options cut test time and cost
- Reference output available of several HP printer models
PCL Test Tools and Services