ASTM F2294 - 03(2009)

    Standard Practice for Determining the Writeability of Print Media

    Active Standard ASTM F2294 | Developed by Subcommittee: F05.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.09


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    Significance and Use

    In practical applications, customers often write information on the face side and back side of print media using various writing implements. It is desirable that that the writing implements write legibly and do not skip or smear. This test is performed using writing implements commonly used in the home and office to ensure that good writing quality is obtained.

    This practice may be used to determine the writeability of a variety of print media including inkjet media, electrophotographic media, silver halide media and printing paper.

    Seven different writing implements are used to determine writeability; three types of balpoint pens, No. 2 pencil, washable marker, marker (regular tip), crayons. Additional writing implements may be used as appropriate.

    Note 1—Pens should have regular point tips. Ballpoint pens from several manufacturers should be used.

    Writeability is determined visually.

    Test results are useful for specification acceptance between producer and user, for quality control, and for research and product development.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers a method for determining the writeability of print media.

    1.2 Writeability is determined by writing on the face side and backside of print media with a variety of writing implements and visually assessing the writing quality and the propensity of the writing material to smear.

    1.3 This practice can be used to evaluate the writeability of a variety of print media including inkjet media, electrophotographic media, silver halide media and printing paper.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 37.100.20 (Materials for graphic technology)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 45130000(Photographic and recording media)


    DOI: 10.1520/F2294-03R09

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