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Mis-alignment in Decimal values in Sap Script

Hi All,

In SAP Scripts.. we are facing the problem of Alignment in Currency Fields for SD Invoice.

The Original Language Version is 'EN'.. this form is aligned properly, but the other language version 'ZH' (Chinese) have this problem..

We use CNHEI font for chinese characters... all the control statements are tried, but still the problem persists. We have aligned the paragraph after taking the individual fields into consideration... Even on the screen the print preview looks perfectly aligned. But if we take the print on the Client Site, the decimal values are mis-aligned.

Can anyone help me out with this...

Regards,

Abhishek

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    Aug 06, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Hi

    This may be the problem with the Printer on which you are printing

    Certain printers won't suggest certain FONTS check the following OSS notes

    OSSNote:960341

    ______________

    Symptom

    In some device types (e.g HPLJ4, HPLJ5) you experience non-uniform character spacing in the PDF document after the PDF conversion of SAPscript or Smart Forms documents, using HELVE or TIMES fonts. You want to know the reason.

    Other terms

    CONVERT_OTF, SAPscript, Smart Forms

    Reason and Prerequisites

    The problem is not due to an error in the PDF converter but due to the fact, that the printer font, underlying the device type (e.g. Univers or CG Times in PCL-5 device types), is not available for the PDF converter and is either not available in Adobe Reader. The PDF converter has to try to simulate the layout of the printer font by means of a font which is predefined in Adobe Reader. This is done by assigning the letter widths of the printer font to the font used in Adobe Reader.

    The PDF file contains a table with letter widths, used by Adobe Reader in the output of text, for each used printer font (except PostScript fonts).

    Example:

    %Charwidth values from HP4300 HELVE 060 normal

    /Widths

    [ 278 333 500 633 633 1000 758 333 333 333 633...

    Adobe reader converts this width table, by modifying the space between each character, so that the specified letter width (= space between the current and the next letter) is kept.

    This 'Simulation' of printer fonts results in the sometimes visible irregular spaces in PDF.

    The PDF converter always uses the Helvetica Adobe PostScript font for the display of HELVE and the Times Roman Adobe PostScript font for the display of TIMES. However, for these Adobe PostScript fonts, Adobe Reader often uses a Windows TrueType font, which differs slightly from the original PostScript font.

    Solution

    Workaround: Use the POST2 PostScript device type or the PDF1 PDF device type for the PDF conversion of documents in the Latin-1 character set. They both use the Adobe PostScript fonts Helvetica or Times Roman for the HELVE/TIMES printer fonts.

    Header Data

    Release Status: Released for Customer

    Released on: 30.06.2006 12:44:06

    Priority: Recommendations/additional info

    Category: Consulting

    Primary Component: BC-CCM-PRN Print and Output Management

    Secondary Components: BC-SRV-SCR SAPscript

    OSS Note: 776507

    ___________________

    Symptom

    Documents printed via SAPscript or SmartForms do not print with correct special characters, e.g. ### prints instead of Japanese or Russian characters. What to do?

    Other terms

    SAPscript, SmartForms, printing, device types, OTF

    Reason and Prerequisites

    Help required to choose proper fonts in a SAPscript or SmartForm

    Solution

    When using SAPscript or SmartForms to print (or email or fax) a form from a business application, many factors influence the outcome of the actual text within the form. All these factors must be checked in order to ensure a correct printout:

    1) The language version of the form used to produce the printout.

    Example: If you want to print a French invoice, you need to have a FR version of your SAPscript or SmartForms invoice form RVINVOICE01. And the application program must specify the corresponding language key (FR) when calling the SAPscript or SmartForms API.

    2) The font selections specified in the form (possibly also in a SAPscript style or SmartStyle used in a form).

    Example: In a SAPscript form or a SmartStyle you need to specify HELVE if you want to print German text in Helvetica (or similar) font. If you want to print Japanese text, HELVE is not a valid choice but you need to specify a Japanese font like JPMINCHO in your Japanese form.

    3) The output character set of the device type

    Every printer in transaction SPAD has a "device type" assigned. Device types used by the spooler for printing support only one single specific output character set. All text from the form has to be converted (using SAP's built-in character conversion mechanism) to this output character set.

    A character set can typically support either a single language (e.g. Shift-JIS which supports only Japanese) or a set of languages (e.g. ISO 8859-1, which supports Western-European languages). It is possible that a given language (such as German) can be supported by several output character sets, e.g. you may use either ISO 8895-1 (Latin-1) or ISO 8859-2 (Latin-2) to represent German text. This is so because both character sets contain the special characters used in German.

    Example: HPLJ4000 is a HP LaserJet device type supporting the ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1) character set. ISO 8859-1 can be used to represent e.g. Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish but NOT Russian or Japanese.

    As a consequence, it is ok to use HPLJ4000 to print English, German French etc. but not for Japanese or Russian.

    4) The set of available printer fonts for a given device type

    When formatting a document, SAPscript and SmartForms perform an automatic mapping of the font definitions in the form (e.g. "HELVE 14 point bold") and the available printer fonts of the device type. A replacement printer font is chosen, should the specified font selection not be available in the device type. Now this replacement can be problematic if a language-specific font, such as Chinese CNSONG, is specified in a form and it gets replaced by a font which does not support this language, e.g. COURIER.

    To solve this problem, font families in SE73 have language attribute assigned, e.g. some fonts are characterized as being suitable only for certain languages. And when a replacement has to be chosen because the original font from the form is not available in the device type, a replacement font is chosen which has the same language attributes.

    If no fonts for the language in question exist in the device type, the resulting font will not be able to print the special characters and you will see "wrong" output characters in the printout.

    Note on SAPscript/SmartForms Print Preview:

    The OTF Print Preview available in Windows GUI (e.g. from transaction SP01) will sometimes not show the "wrong" characters which appear on the final printout. Here is the reason: since the Print Preview runs in Windows environment, it will use Windows fonts to represent the actual printer fonts. A Windows font typically has more available characters (i.e. covers more character sets) than are actually available in a printer's resident font.

    A typical example where the Print Preview will differ from the printout is here: if you have a Chinese PCL5 printer such as CNHPLJ4 and use the Western Latin font COURIER in your document, the print preview will show you Chinese characters if you (by accident) tried to format Chinese characters in COURIER font. This is because Windows will automatically choose a font that can output Chinese characters (which is actually not Courier). But when you print the job on an actual PCL5 printer with resident Western and Chinese fonts, the Courier font will not print any Chinese characters but Western special characters instead, because the printer's resident Courier font does not include Chinese characters.

    Rule of thumb: all Asian device types (e.g. CNHPLJ4, JPHPLJ4, JPPOST, KPHPLJ4) support not only Asian fonts but also COURIER, HELVE and TIMES fonts. But these Latin fonts can only be used to print English text, not Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters.

    Which fonts are suitable for a given language?

    Language(s): Font family to use in a form:

                            • Latin-1 (Western Europe/Americas) *******

                            DE,EN,FR,ES,NL,SV COURIER, HELVE, TIMES

                            (LETGOTH, LNPRINT)

                                                    • Latin-2 (Central Europe) ****************

                                                    PL, CZ COURIER, HELVE, TIMES

                                                                            • ISO 8859-4 (Baltic) *********************

                                                                            ET, LT, LV COURIER, HELVE, TIMES

                                                                                                    • ISO 8859-5 (Cyrillic) *******************

                                                                                                    BG, RU, SR, UK COURCYR, HELVCYR, TIMECYR

                                                                                                                            • ISO 8859-7 (Greek) **********************

                                                                                                                            EL COUR_I7, HELV_I7, TIME_I7

                                                                                                                                                    • ISO 8859-8 (Hebrew) *********************

                                                                                                                                                    HE COURIER, HELVE, TIMES

                                                                                                                                                                            • ISO 8859-9 (Turkish) ********************

                                                                                                                                                                            TR COURIER, HELVE, TIMES

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Simplified Chinese **********************

                                                                                                                                                                                                    ZH CNHEI, CNKAI, CNSONG

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Japanese ********************************

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JA JPMINCHO, DBMINCHO, DBGOTHIC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Korean **********************************

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    KP KPBATANG, KPDODUM, KPGULIM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    KPGUNGSE, KPSAMMUL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Traditional Chinese *********************

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ZF TWDPHEI, TWMING, TWSONG

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Thai ************************************

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TH THANGSAN, THDRAFT, THVIJIT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Arabic (Unicode systems only) ***********

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AR ANDALE_J

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Verify your output by examining the OTF data

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When analysing printing problems of this type, be sure to check the OTF data which gets produced by SAPscript or SmartForms. OTF or "Output Text Format" is the intermediate page-description format generated from SAPscript or SmartForms. OTF will contain the final printer font names and character set/language identifiers which help to solve the problem. OTF will even name the form and the language of the form used to create the output.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The easiest way to do this is to create a spool request from your application, run transaction SP01, use menu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Goto->Display Requests->Settings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and choose

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Display Mode: Raw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now display your spool request. If this is a SAPscript or SmartForms spool request, you will see OTF data. Each line represents one OTF command, every command starts with a 2-character cmd identifier and possibly some cmd parameters follow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here is an excerpt from a sample OTF file where we highlight the most interesting commands:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            //XHPLJ8000 0700 00000000001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            IN04EALEXTEST_ZEBRA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            IN05%PAGE1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OPDINA4 P 144 240 1683811906000010000100001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            IN06%WINDOW2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MT0024401289

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            CP11000000E

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FCHELVE 120 00109XSF100SF101110000067E X

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UL +0000000000000

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SW00067

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            CT00000000

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ST0453037Dieses SF hat Stil ALEXTEST_ZEBRA mit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The 1st line with the // (Control) command reveals the device type usedto print: HPLJ8000

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            //XHPLJ8000 0700 00000000001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The 2nd line (IN = Info command) shows the name and (internal 1-char)language key of the form:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            IN04EALEXTEST_ZEBRA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In this case it is the English (E = EN) SmartForm ALEXTEST_ZEBRA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The OP-line (OP = Open Page) gives the page format used in the form, it is DINA4 Portrait orientation:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OPDINA4 P 144 240 1683811906000010000100001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The CP (CodePage) cmd shows the SAP system codepage used to code the text and the active language. In our case it is codepage 1100 and language E = EN = English.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            CP11000000E

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Finally, the FC-cmd (Font Call) lists a printer font selected within SmartForms. Please note that every SmartForm has a designated default SmartStyle under "Form Attributes->Output Options". In addition, every text node can have a SmartStyle attached (which will override the definitions from the default style for the text). In our case the resulting printer font that was selected is HELVE 12.0 pt bold-off, italic-off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FCHELVE 120 00109XSF100SF101110000067E X

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Header Data

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Release Status: Released for Customer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Released on: 22.08.2005 09:57:20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Priority: Recommendations/additional info

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Category: Customizing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Primary Component: BC-CCM-PRN Print and Output Management

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Secondary Components: BC-SRV-SCR SAPscript

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BC-SRV-SSF Smart Forms

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anji

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Aug 06, 2007 at 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you use font CNHEI then your printer should be unicode enabled other-wise the currency field will be mis-alined... to over-come this courier font which is supported in both uni-code enabled printer and non-unicode enabled printer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If uni-code enabled printer use Cyrillic forns for ex, HELVECYRL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Regards,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SaiRam

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