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Printability can be satisfactorily related to fundamental paper properties only if the nature and the consequences of the interactions among paper, ink and printing press during and after impression are well understood.

Our present knowledge of these interactions is critically reviewed with particular reference to wetting, spreading, conformability, roughness, ink transfer, ink setting and print-through. The behaviour of low concentrations of oil in paper is considered in some detail.

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