IPP>PRO - Print by reference

IPP>PRO - Print by reference

IPP>PRO - Print by reference

Stephen Holmstead stephen_holmstead at hp.com
Wed Jun 4 13:00:26 EDT 1997


Print by reference is REALLY tough for the printer to do.  Up until this 
point, the printer only had to do http server capabilities (which can be 
implemented fairly easily).  However, print by reference now would require 
the printer to implement http client capabilities (which is HUGE!!, not to 
mention how unstable the client features are and the fact that the printer 
most likely won't ever have a flash upgrade).  What about all of the 
embedded graphics files (gif, jpeg, pcx, tiff, etc.)?  Does the printer 
have to have code to convert all of these to printable output?  What about 
other files (.doc, .prz, .ppt, .xls, .mov, .avi, .pdf, etc.)?  Does the 
printer have to have code to handle all of these?  What about plug-ins and 
applets?  Does the printer have to have a Java Virtual Machine to run Java 
applets?  The client (i.e. Browser) is quite large and has too many 
features to be able to support by a printer.


I have to strongly protest print by reference as it causes the requirement 
load on the printer to skyrocket.

--
Stephen Holmstead
Hewlett Packard Internet Solutions Operation
stephen_holmstead at hp.com




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