IPP>PRO - Print by reference

IPP>PRO - Print by reference

IPP>PRO - Print by reference

Larry Masinter masinter at parc.xerox.com
Wed Jun 4 16:14:32 EDT 1997

A HTTP client is not the same thing as a web browser.
One way to simplify the 'footprint' requirement is to
assert that any 'reference' that you want to 'print by'
must be from, for example, a HTTP server, be directly
available without redirection, and only be in a media type
that the printer said it already supported.

So, the implementation on the printer end would be basically:
    open a connection to the host in the URL
    send "GET url HTTP/1.1" and "accept: application/postscript"
    read the result: 
      if not 200, error
    read headers:
      scan for content-type; if type isn't recognized, error
    read data as print data.
    close connection

Maybe 100 lines of code? Certainly not megabytes.

Don't turn a little capability (print by reference) into a big one
(printer is a web browser) and then complain that the result is too big.


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