page description language

Definitions

Computing

  • noun software that controls a printer’s actions to print a page of text to a particular format according to a user’s instructions.

Electronics

  • (written as page-description language)
    A programming language, such as PostScript, which is utilized to specify how documents will be printed or displayed. Such a language defines how the elements of each page, such as text and graphics, will appear. This software resides in the output device, usually a printer, thus making such programs machine-independent. Its abbreviation is PDL.

Publishing

  • noun software that controls a printer, and which makes the printer print out pages according to the user’s instructions.
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