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(v13) The Harlequin band

This page applies to Harlequin v13.1r0 and later; both Harlequin Core and Harlequin MultiRIP

The Harlequin RIP always divides the Raster into a sequence of bands, a fixed number of scanlines in height (although the last band may contain fewer lines when the raster height is not an exact multiple).

This division of the raster into bands is fundamental to the Harlequin RIP, and is integral to the construction of the RIP’s Display-list.

This in turn enables efficient isolation of those display-list elements forming any individual band, and rapid rendering of such a band in isolation.

This does mean, however, that the band boundaries are fixed early on during pagedevice setup and persist throughout the rendering phase and delivery to the page-buffer or final output device.

Unless otherwise stated, any reference to “band” in this chapter should be interpreted as meaning a Harlequin band as described here.

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