Postscript does address this with the Page Policies.
This is described on pages 245-247 of "Postscript Language Reference
Manual" second edition.
I bet the implementation of the page policies is still vendor
specific, and this functionality is certainly PDL specific.
I tend to agree with Don, solving this is not in the scope of IPP.
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Subject: IPP> Re: MOD - Re. Paper size
Author: Keith Moore <moore at cs.utk.edu> at Internet-Mail
Date: 3/17/97 5:01 PM
> I am not sure if you understood my proposal. I did not suggest
> that the printer had to do reformatting to the new media, but
> that you reduce each page image slightly to make it fit on the
> other media. A number of applications are able to do this today;
> would it be impossible to have the printer do the same?
I don't want a printer to pretend to support A4 paper if it doesn't
have and support that medium, but if there were a standard way to say
"I don't have A4 paper but if someone tries to print an A4 size page I
will shrink it to US letter size" (perhaps with a well-defined way to
do the shrinking) that would be a major win. Similarly for printing
USletter images on A4 media.
Ideally this would happen automatically, without ever causing problems
by having something shrink unexpectedly :)