> From cmanros at cp10.es.xerox.com Tue Dec 17 18:35:25 1996>
>> if I recall correctly, one of our user requirements was that we would
> like to avoid having a separate print driver to install for every new network
> printer that a user may want to use. Compare this to fax today - you do
> not expect the user to download a new piece of software for every new
> fax address he/she wants to use. My hope would be that the "IPP print driver"
> is a generic piece of software, which can be used for many different printers
> in combination with a relatively short list of capabilities and options for a
> particular printer. This list could be stored locally or downloaded every
> Am I too optimistic here?
When I used the word "driver" I was using the concept of program and files.
Someone mentioned in a earlier email that this was his concept of driver too.
In my case, I hope that there is a universal program as there is today
for many printers, especially PostScript printers. But I would expect
that each printer would have its own ppd file which specifies custom
information. It may be that only a ppd file needs to be installed on a
client or perhaps the IPP driver-program gets the ppd file information
it needs across the network for each print job and no local intallation
So, I think that you are stating what I am stating. My definition of
driver is different, but the effect is the same.