Standard Network Printer Adapter - Potential PWG Project

Standard Network Printer Adapter - Potential PWG Project

Standard Network Printer Adapter - Potential PWG Project

Robert Herriot Robert.Herriot at Eng.Sun.COM
Thu Sep 12 16:47:46 EDT 1996


As one who supplies software on the spooler end,  I would want to make
sure that we don't create new protocols or protocol variants for
printers from the spooler direction just because we have a 3rd party
card plugged in.




Bob Herriot


> From don at lexmark.com Wed Sep 11 08:32:28 1996
> To: "pwg%pwg.org" <pwg at pwg.org>
> From: Don Wright <don at lexmark.com>
> Date: 11 Sep 96 11:27:30 EDT
> Subject: Standard Network Printer Adapter - Potential PWG Project
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> At the August meeting of the PWG, I presented a proposal
> to the PWG on the subject of developing a standard
> Printer Adapter interface.  The concept is that most
> printer manufacturers design and develop some type of
> interface slot to allow the installation of adapters of
> various types (e.g. Ethernet, Token Ring, hard disk, etc.)
> If some standard (electrical, mechanical, software) could
> be developed by some group (I'm proposing the PWG) then
> third party manufacturers would have more incentive to
> develop "niche" adapters because of the higher volume 
> potential should multiple printer vendors adopt the standard.
> 
> Here's the single chart I presented:
> 
> * Proposal to develop a standard printer adapter interface
>      - Electrical
>           + PCI?
>           + IEEE 1284-1994?
>           + Other?
>      - Mechanical
>           + Form Factor
>           + Connector
>      - Firmware
>           + Interfaces
>           + APIs
>           + Memory Map
> * Why
>      - Simplify task for non-printer vendor developers
>      - Leverage investments of non-printer vendor developers
>      - Provide wider variety of solutions for more brands
>          of printers
> 
> Many of the printer vendors at the meeting expressed an
> interest in investigating this type of work including
> Lexmark, Kyocera, Canon, IBM, etc.  Intel's print server
> group was present and also expressed interest.
> 
> Well, there's the summary and kick-off. Bill Wagner from DPI
> has already expressed an opinion.  What about everyone else?
> Should we talk about this a little more?  Start a project?
> Forget about it?  What's you opinion?
> 
> Don
> 
> 
> 
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