We have been having meetings on Cloud printing for a year now, and we have
not gotten past settling on use cases. Meanwhile, the reality has continued
to progress. One of our main concerns expressed when we start looking at
this was not that the PWG wanted to specify the entire process, but that we
wanted to encourage those who did develop the standards to use the elements
for the PWG semantic model to specify printer characteristics and job
I have belatedly read through the public Google interface standards and see
that they have selected a "job ticket that can be in XPS (XML Paper
Specification <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_XML_Paper_Specification> )
or PPD (Postscript Printer Description
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PostScript_Printer_Description> ) format. In
the future, other job ticket formats may be supported." Furthermore, "The
capabilities and defaults parameters[of the printer] can be in XPS (XML
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_XML_Paper_Specification> ) or PPD
(Postscript Printer Description
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PostScript_Printer_Description> ) formats.
Additional formats may be supported in the future to describe the printer
capabilities and defaults."
I suggest that defining a job ticket and a printer description following
the semantic model (in a new or in PPD and/or XPS format) would achieve one
of our primary purposes, would best utilize the PWG expertise, and could be
done relatively quickly. Pete has a job ticket schema posted.
(ftp://ftp.pwg.org/pub/pwg/mfd/schemas/PwgPrintJobTicket_v1.129.zip ) This
would be applicable to Google Cloud Print as well as other Cloud Imaging
approaches, including one the PWG may wish to define.
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