How do I print hindi (Indic) text HP LJ 1018

Asked by naklinaam

My current setup
OS: Ubuntu 9.04 (same issue also tested in Ubuntu 8.10)
Printer: HP LaserJet 1018
Dual booting to Windows XP (have not tested this issue with Windows yet)

When printing a page with both English characters and Hindi (not tested with other languages), the printer prints the nglish part and the graphics / images / lines etc properly, but prints [] kind of boxes for the hindi characters (in ubuntu 9.04 it prints a dotted circle instead).

The number of boxes/ circles also varies per hindi character.

What do I need to install / enable to be able to print hindi fonts on this printer?
I can upload scanned pdfs of what the page looks like and what the printout looks like, if that might help.

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dwelch91 (dwelch91) said :
#1

What application and/or file format are you using? Could you send the HPLIP
team a copy of a file with this problem for testing?

On Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM, naklinaam <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> New question #68157 on HPLIP:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/hplip/+question/68157
>
> My current setup
> OS: Ubuntu 9.04 (same issue also tested in Ubuntu 8.10)
> Printer: HP LaserJet 1018
> Dual booting to Windows XP (have not tested this issue with Windows yet)
>
> When printing a page with both English characters and Hindi (not tested
> with other languages), the printer prints the nglish part and the graphics /
> images / lines etc properly, but prints [] kind of boxes for the hindi
> characters (in ubuntu 9.04 it prints a dotted circle instead).
>
> The number of boxes/ circles also varies per hindi character.
>
> What do I need to install / enable to be able to print hindi fonts on this
> printer?
> I can upload scanned pdfs of what the page looks like and what the printout
> looks like, if that might help.
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you are a member of HP
> Linux Imaging and Printing, which is an answer contact for HPLIP.
>

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naklinaam (nm-unforgettable) said :
#2

Thanks for the prompt response.

I am trying to print a star office spreadsheet.

Please advise how I can send you a copy of the file(s). i do nto see an option to upload files to this bug.

I can upload the spreadsheet (Star office calc) and also a scan (pdf) of what the printout looks like. just need a link to upload the file, or an email id where to send it.

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dwelch91 (dwelch91) said :
#3

Please email the file to <email address hidden>

On 4/22/09, naklinaam <email address hidden> wrote:
> Question #68157 on HPLIP changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/hplip/+question/68157
>
> Status: Answered => Open
>
> naklinaam is still having a problem:
> Thanks for the prompt response.
>
> I am trying to print a star office spreadsheet.
>
> Please advise how I can send you a copy of the file(s). i do nto see an
> option to upload files to this bug.
>
> I can upload the spreadsheet (Star office calc) and also a scan (pdf) of
> what the printout looks like. just need a link to upload the file, or an
> email id where to send it.
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you are a member of HP
> Linux Imaging and Printing, which is an answer contact for HPLIP.
>

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naklinaam (nm-unforgettable) said :
#4

Hi,
Sent the files a while ago.

Please let me know if you need anything further from me.

Thanks

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Aaron Albright (albrigha-deactivatedaccount) said :
#5

I can reproduce this and am looking into a solution.

Thanks.

Aaron

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Aaron Albright (albrigha-deactivatedaccount) said :
#6

setting to open

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said :
#7

This question was expired because it remained in the 'Open' state without activity for the last 15 days.

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naklinaam (nm-unforgettable) said :
#8

Hi Aaron,

Now that we have established that this is indeed an issue that is reproducible and needs to be rectified, do you suggest we move this to a bug, or still continue to work this as a question.

Just want to make sure I am not cluttering up the process.

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Best Aaron Albright (albrigha-deactivatedaccount) said :
#9

I've spent a good deal of time trying to figure out which font needs to be installed. I think the root problem is that openoffice doesn't have the correct font installed. You may need to go to the openoffice forums to find the most efficient way to install the needed font.

Although if you do find a solution I'd appreciate the outcome.

Sorry I couldn't help more.

Aaron

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naklinaam (nm-unforgettable) said :
#10

Hi AAron,
I think you helped tremendously...

You found exactly what the issue was and directed me to the correct solution...

All I needed to do is download and install some Hindi fonts.
Then I just selected the text (already Hindi) in the staroffice document and changed the font to one of the hindi fonts I downloaded. Although there is no visible difference (since the text was already hind) but having a hindi font listed inthe cell properties is the key, it seems)

I was then able to print the Hindi text :)

I still haven't got the mixed fonts to print, but I thin kit is just a matter of locating the correct font combination that works.

Thanks
Nishith