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What is the .SPL File Extension?


.SPL File Extension Description:

The printer's spooled data is contained in a file with the .spl file extension. For each print job, Windows generate two spool files called the file with the .shd file extension for the printer's job settings and the file with the .spl file extension for the printer's drawing commands.

The data of files with the .spl file extension can either be RAW or EMF. If the data is RAW, the content of this file is just the same with the data sent to the printer such as PCL, PostScript, CaPSL, ESC-P, or similar data. The use of RAW data on files with the .spl file extension is based on the Print Processor that supports these data types.

The EMF data type stands for Enhanced metafile. Files with the .spl file extension with this data type contain one or more EMF files that are enclosed with some extra records. They contain a special version of EMF, which is not compatible with standard EMF files.

EMF files with the .spl file extension always start with the SPL_HEADER wherein the record size has both the header and the SPL header data. It is followed by the records that start with the SMR base record: nSize=(RECORDSIZE - sizeof(SMR)) where the nSize specifies the data size of the remaining header members and the data itself.

Every page contained in the file with the .spl file extension has at least one record each of SMR_PAGE_EMF and SMR_EO_PAGE. It is the SMR_PAGE_EMF that has the EMF data for the page. Every page between these two records can have additional records like DEVMODE and font data for the page.

The font data is specified by the SMR_FONT such as PSMR_FONT OR SMR_EXTFONT for the extended font data. It contains negative distance to the start of the font data. The font data is usually embedded as GDICOMMENT in the previous EMF data. The record at the end of the file with the .spl file extension is specified by the record SMR_PAGE_EMF with a specified length of 0 and contains negative distance to the start of the page record.

Author: Microsoft Corporation
Author URL: http://www.microsoft.com
Related Applications: Microsoft Windows
Common Path: N/A

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What Causes .SPL files Errors to Occur?

A typical and frequent explanation for .SPL files errors is corruption in the Windows program registry - fixing is essential to prevent additional harm in other applications and/or system devices. Experiencing these errors places your PC at risk for fatal crashes, blue screen errors and even hardware failure.

What are the Symptoms of .SPL files Errors?

.SPL files errors produce a range of symptoms, including: system hangs on start up or shut down, softwares lock up, decreased personal computer speed, internal speaker beeps, trouble accessing documents, slow system behaviour and program installation failure.

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