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PostScript Language Reference Manual
ISBN 0201101742 / 9780201101744 / 0-201-10174-2
Publisher Addison Wesley Longman Publishing Co
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Chapter 1 of this Reference Manual, Introduction: 1.2 About this manual: "This is the programmer's reference manual for the POSTSCRIPT language. It is the definitive documentation for the syntax and semantics of the standard POSTSCRIPT language, the imaging model, and the effects ot the graphical operators. - - - What this manual doesn't provide are the guidelines on how to use POSTSCRIPT effectively. As with any programming language, certain techniques yield the best solution to particular programming problems, and there are issues of style that influence the quality and consistency of the results. These matters are the main topic of a companion book, the POSTSCRIPT Language Tutorial and Cookbook. - - - This POSTSCRIPT Language Reference Manual begins, Chapter 2, with an informal presentation of some basic ideas that underlie the more formal descriptions and definitions comprising the remainder of the manual. We first discuss the properties and capabilities of raster output devices. This leads to a set of requirements for a page description language designed to make effective use of those capabilities. We briefly present the abstract POSTSCRIPT graphical model and describe how that model is realized on a raster output device. The chapter concludes with some pragmatic information about the environments in which POSTSCRIPT interpreters operate and about the sorts of POSTSCRIPT programms that are typically executed. ... In chapter 3 we introduce the fundamentals of the POSTSCRIPT language: its syntax, semantics, data types, ... Chapter 4 introduces the POSTSCRIPT graphical model and describes how,... one may define an manipulate graphical enties such as lines, curves... In chapter 5 we describe how the POSTSCRIPT language deals with text.... All of the POSTSCRIPT built-in operators and procedures are fully described in chapter 6... The manual continues with several appendice, A - D, containing useful information...." [via]