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Planning the application

Now that you know how the highlight printing process works, you are ready to start planning and implementing your highlight color application. You probably have an existing application that prints in black today, and plan to add highlight color to call attention to certain information on the page.

Designing the document

Starting with the application's current output, identify the information you want to emphasize using highlight color. Keep in mind that when adding color for focus or emphasis, less is more. Too much color becomes distracting and defeats your purpose of focusing the reader's attention on specific information. If you are not familiar with the concepts and guidelines for using color effectively in business documents, you may want to research the subject before you start your design. Identify the information to be highlighted and choose the colors you think are most effective.

Color must be specified as Highlight Color #1. If it is specified as OCA named color "Blue", it will be simulated as black or grayscale and will print with black ink. It is possible to use a Color Mapping Table (refer to your software application's documentation for more information) that would map an OCA named "Blue" to Highlight Color #1. In this way an OCA named "Blue" could be used.

Example of highlight color application: OUTBACK

The OUTBACK cable TV billing application is an example of an AFP overlay. Overlay Generation Language (OGL) was used to develop the overlay in Figure 18. Use the Overlay Generation Language /370 User's Guide Reference, S544-3702 for further information about commands and structure within the overlay file. Figure 18 is followed by the associated OGL commands.

Figure 18. Overlay Output
av8m0026
-'*********************************************************************'
-'*   cable TV bill for Infoprint 4000 and 4100 with color            *'
-'*********************************************************************'
           control replace;
           overlay out1c  size 8.50 in 11.0 in offset 0.0 in 0.0 in;
           orient 0 ;
           setunits 1 in 1 in;

         -'*   define the highlight colors     *'

           DEFINE 0001  COLOR  HIGHLIGHT 1 ;     -'100 percent' 
           DEFINE 0002  COLOR  HIGHLIGHT 1 coverage 66; -'66 percent'
           DEFINE 0003  COLOR  HIGHLIGHT 1 coverage 33; -'33 percent'

           font font6  h22061 filetype font300;  -'helvetica 6 pt'
           font font6b h42061 filetype font300;  -'helvetica 6 pt bold'
           font font7  h22071 filetype font300;  -'helvetica  7 pt'
           font font7b h42071 filetype font300;  -'helvetica  7 pt bold'
           font font8  h22081 filetype font300;  -'helvetica  8 pt'
           font font8b h42081 filetype font300;  -'helvetica  8 pt bold'
           font font8c h22081 filetype font300;  -'helvetica  8 pt hilite 1'
             COLOR 0002;                  -66% coverage'
           font font9  h22091 filetype font300;  -'helvetica  9 pt'
           font font9b h42091 filetype font300;  -'helvetica  9 pt bold'
           font fon12  h220b1 filetype font300;  -'helvetica 12 pt'
           font fon12b h420b1 filetype font300;  -'helvetica 12 pt bold'
           font fon14  h220d1 filetype font300;  -'helvetica 14 pt'
           font fon14b h420d1 filetype font300;  -'helvetica 14 pt bold'
 
           font trade  gte1   filetype font300   -'trade mark   '
             COLOR 0001  ;                     -'HELVETICA 24'
           font logo   h520n1 filetype font300
             COLOR 0001  ;                     -'HELVETICA 24 used for logo'
 
1			-'place the name at 100% highlight 1'
             position 0.50 0.80 ;
             settext line logo 'OUTBACK';        -'Outback Logo'
 
2			-'place the trademark character at 100% highlight 1'
             position 2.28 0.60 ;
             settext line trade hex 'AF';        -'Trade Mark'
 
             position 0.55 1.00 ;
             settext line font9 'CABLE TV, INC.' ;
 
3			-'draw a box with no rules using highlight 1 at 33% coverage'
                          -'to cover the "PLEASE PRESENT" text'
             position 7.30 0.53 ;
             drawbox 0.70 0.30 0 color 0003  ; -'33% coverage'

             position 7.30 0.50 ;
             drawbox 0.70 0.90 0
               withtext center center spaced 9 points
                 line font7  'PLEASE'
                 line font7  'PRESENT'
                 line font7  'THIS'
                 line font7  'STATEMENT'
                 line font7  'WITH'
                 line font7  'PAYMENT' ;

             position 5.00 1.43 ;
             drawbox 1.15 0.60 0
               withtext top left spaced 12 points
                 line font9  'Statement Date:'
                 line font9  'Transaction Cut-Off:'
                 line font9  'Amount Due:'
                 line font9  'Due on or Before:' ;
 
             position 1.00 2.60 ;                       '
             drawbox 7.40 0.30 0
               withtext center center
                 line fon12b 'STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT NO.:'  ;
 
             position .50 2.90 ;
             drawrule 7.50 3 dashed ;              -'Tear off'
 
4			-'place the company name at 100% highlight 1'
             position 0.50 3.30 ;
             settext line logo 'OUTBACK';        -'Company Logo'
 
5			-'place the trademark character at 100% highlight 1'
             position 2.28 3.10 ;
             settext line trade hex 'AF';        -'Trade Mark'
 
             position 0.55 3.50 ;
             settext line font9 'CABLE TV, INC.' ;
 
6			-'draw a box with no rules using highlight 1 at 33% coverage'
                          -'to cover the "For inquiries call" text'
             position 7.30 2.98 ;
             drawbox 0.70 0.15 0 color 0003 ;  -'33% coverage'
 
             position 7.00 3.00 ;
             drawbox 1.00 1.00 0
               withtext top right spaced 9 points
                 line font7 'For inquiries call'
                 line font7 'CUSTOMER'
                 line font7 'SERVICE'
                 line font7 'at PSD-IBM-4000.'  ;
 
             position .50 3.60 ;
             drawrule 7.50 3        ;              -'solid rule'

             position 5.00 3.90 ;
             drawbox 1.15 0.60 0
               withtext top left spaced 12 points
                 line font9  'Statement Date:'
                 line font9  'Transaction Cut-Off:'
                 line font9  'Amount Due:'
                 line font9  'Due on or Before:' ;
 
             position 0.50 5.00 ;
             drawbox 7.50 0.25 0 shade 9 ;
 
             position 1.10 5.17 ;
             settext line font8b 'DATE' ;
 
             position 2.05 5.17 ;
             settext line font8b 'POSTED DATE' ;
 
             position 3.80 5.17 ;
             settext line font8b 'DESCRIPTION' ;
 
             position 6.30 5.17 ;
             settext line font8b 'AMOUNT' ;
 
             position 0.50 7.80 ;
             drawbox 7.50 0.25 0 shade 6 ;
 
             position 0.70 7.96 ;
             settext line font8b 'Connection Fees' ;
 
             position 1.80 7.96 ;
             settext line font8b 'Subscription Fees' ;
 
             position 3.00 7.96 ;
             settext line font8b 'Converter Fee' ;
 
             position 4.15 7.96 ;
             settext line font8b 'Service Fee' ;
 
             position 5.15 7.96 ;
             settext line font8b 'PPV/Premium' ;
 
             position 6.25 7.96 ;
             settext line font8b 'Adjustment' ;
             position 7.35 7.96 ;
             settext line font8b 'Other' ;
 
7			-'draw a box with no rules using highlight 1 at 33% coverage'
                          -'to cover the "IMPORTANT NOTICE" text'
             position 7.30 8.43 ;
             drawbox 0.70 0.30  0 color 0003 ; -'33% coverage'
 
             position 4.98 8.45 ;
             drawbox 3.00 0.55 0
               withtext top right spaced 10 points
                 line font8  'IMPORTANT'
                 line font8  'NOTICE:'
                 line font8  'Effective 1/1/97, There is a $5.00 increase to your'
                 line font8  'monthly basic subscription service.  Thank You.' ;
 
             position .50 9.10 ;
             drawrule 7.50 3        ;              -'solid rule bottom'
 
            position 0.10 9.10 ;
             drawbox 8.30 0.40 0
               withtext center center
                      line fon12b 'A C C O U N T  S U M M A R Y' ;
 
             position .50 9.50 ;
             drawrule 7.50 3        ;              -'solid rule bottom'
 
             position 0.80 9.75 ;
             settext line font8 'BEGINNING BALANCE' ;
 
             position 2.95 9.75 ;
             settext line font8  'CHARGES (+)' ;
 
             position 4.65 9.75 ;
             settext line font8 'PAYMENT (-)' ;
 
8			-'place 'ENDING BALANCE' string, highlight 1 at 66% coverage'
             position 6.45 9.75 ;
             settext line font8c 'ENDING BALANCE' ; -'66% coverage'
 
             position .50 10.20 ;
             drawrule 7.50 3  ;                    -'solid rule bottom'
 
             position 0.10 10.35 ;
              drawbox 8.30 0.20 0
                withtext center center
                       line font8 'Please disregard if payment has already been made.';