FW: Dot matrix vs. laser printed labels

Painting, Kevin K.PAINTING at CGNET.COM
Mon Aug 5 15:54:00 CDT 1996

Reply received from a work colleague Brigitte Laliberte,

I am not sure about dot matrix versus lazer printed labels.  But my
experience has been that in order to avoid smudging, we photocopied the
plant labels (that is display labels to go outside).  A photocopied label
would last a very long time under outdoor conditions.  I tend to believe
that dot matrix would be the same as lazer print plus the fact that you
don't get the quality.  A photocopy uses heat and the ink is much more

From:  owner-taxacom[SMTP:owner-taxacom at CMSA.BERKELEY.EDU]
Sent:  Monday, August 05, 1996 8:33 AM
To:  Multiple recipients of list TAXACOM
Subject:  Dot matrix vs. laser printed labels

I have heard that herbarium labels printed with inkjet or
laser printers will eventually smudge and become unreadable.
Dot matrix printers "hammer" ink onto the paper, and supposedly
produce a more durable label.  Has this been confirmed or refuted
by any tests?

Michael Chamberland

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