Although the RFC discusses off-line (offline in different places...
are we going to make that consistent?), it does not offer a concise
definition. My recollection is that this was one of those things that
"everyone knows what it means" (although there are several distinctly
different meanings). Thus, there seemed to be no possibility of coming
Indeed, off-line may mean that data cannot be accepted by the printer,
or that the (selected) interpreter will not accept any more, although
the input buffers will still fill up. It may signify a state requiring
human action to put the unit on-line, although the printer may have
gone off-line either by operator action or by some critical failure. I
have even heard a definition that requires that the printer cease all
mechanical motion when it id off-line. However, I have not previously
heard of a printer going off line when it is (what I would call) busy,
which appears to be the Lexmark implementation.
It seems to me that this was one of those "left to the discretion of
the manufacturer" items.
Bill Wagner, DPI
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Subject: Re: Was the PWG Bake-Off a Success or Failure?
Author: "Gail Songer" <Gail.Songer at eng.efi.com> at Internet
Date: 8/5/96 1:20 PM
> - Lexmark came closest to portraying the proper results; their
> value for the hrPrinterDetectedErrorState clearly indicates
> "doorOpen", but for some reason the printer also declared
> itself as being "offline" at the same time (was this a fluke,
> or does the printer always go "offline" in this scenario?).
Whenever a Lexmark printer can not print for some reason, it is considered
"offline". The parallel and serial ports(assuming NPAP is not being used) will
not accept data, and I believe that the network cards do not accept data.
Is there a definition of "offline" in the mib?