thanks for your comments and suggestions concerning this draft. There is
another related draft describing the requirements for this project under the
We are scheduled to have a BOF session in San Jose on Thursday, December 12
at 1:00 - 3:00 pm. If you can make it there, you will meet the authors and
various other people who have been involved with the project so far.
We are trying to get this established as a formal WG soon after the San Jose
We already have a mailing list set up and you are welcome to join it, see
The following text is a draft proposal to the IETF for our WG charter. It
should contain all the info you need to get started.
IETF Internet Printing Protocol (ipp) WG
Carl-Uno Manros <manros at cp10.es.xerox.com>
Applications Area Director(s):
Keith Moore <moore at cs.utk.edu>
Harald Alvestrand <Harald.T.Alvestrand at uninett.no>
Mailing List Information:
General Discussion: <ipp at pwg.org>
To Subscribe: <ipp-request at pwg.org>
Scott Isaacson <scott_isaacson at novell.com>
Description of Working Group:
Internet printing involves using Internet technologies and services
to find networked resources, such as printers, and then submit jobs
using those resources.
The goal of this working group is to define a new application level
distributed printing protocol as well as defining naming and service
registration attributes for printing. The protocol shall support a
global, distributed environment where print service users (clients,
applications, drivers, etc.) cooperate and interact with print service
providers (servers, printers, gateways, etc.).
The working group will leverage existing (and emerging) technologies
for: authentication, authorization, privacy, and commercial transactions.
For location of printers, the working group will leverage existing
standards for directories.
The working group shall strive to coordinate its activities with other
printing-related standards bodies.
The new job submission protocol should strive not to preclude any
types of output devices (e.g., fax, printer, gateway). Also, the
working group will define extensibility paths to maximize interoperability
and minimize conflict.
The Internet Printing Protocol will be designed to make use of Web
browsers, HTTP, and LDAP for directory look-ups.
The Internet Printing Protocol is intended to supplant RFC 1179 'Line
Printer Daemon Protocol' as the preferred printing protocol. LPR/LPD
was designed a long time ago with line printers in mind and does not
fit with current needs.
Deliverables and Milestones:
Done - Mailing list and archive
November 1996 - Submit first set of Internet-Drafts
December 1996 - BOF in IETF meeting in San Jose, CA, USA
March 1997 - Submit Internet-Drafts
April 1997 - Review of specification in IETF meeting in Memphis, TN, USA
May 1997 - At least 2 implemented prototypes
May 1997 - Submit document(s) to the IESG for Proposed Standard
701 S. Aviation Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245, USA
E-mail: manros at cp10.es.xerox.com