Press Releases for Novell's "Lightweight Document Printi

Press Releases for Novell's "Lightweight Document Printi

Press Releases for Novell's "Lightweight Document Printi

Bill Wagner bwagner at
Thu Oct 24 16:48:29 EDT 1996

   Although I agree, it would have been nice to have some explicit preknowledge 
of this, the announcement at the MFPA IOC conference did indicate that the spec 
was being transferred to the IETF and, in response to an explicit question, that
it would be presented to the PWG should they decide to work with it. It was also
stated that it would be made available to other organizations. But the main 
intent was to get it issues as an internet draft and to either have it embraced 
by an existing working group or have a new working group chartered to take it 
along a standards path. 

Scott may have more to say on this, but based on the Novell announcement, I 
would expect that Novell will post it on the PWG site before New Orleans.

Note that there appeared to be some interest in this  on the part of the 
IETF-FAX group, a spinnoff of the internet mail consortium (??) which plans to 
be chartered as IETF group dealing with internet fax. Don and I am sure others 
of the PWG are monitoring the reflector. It would appear that some coordination 
would be called for.

Bill Wagner, DPI

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Subject: Press Releases for Novell's "Lightweight Document Printing A
Author:  jkm at (JK Martin) at Internet
Date:    10/24/96 4:18 PM

Attached is a synopsis of a message just sent out to the MFPA mailing list
containing a series of press releases for a new technology initiative
spearheaded by Novell.

With all the recent discussion in the PWG regarding "Internet Printing",
it's a little surprising these press releasees haven't been posted to the
PWG mailing list sooner, particularly since several key PWG participant
companies are cited as "supporting companies" in the press releases.

Don is currently in the process of setting up the agenda for the upcoming
PWG meeting in New Orleans, and if "Internet Printing" is going to be part
of the agenda, then would it be reasonable to ask Novell to brief the PWG
on this technology initiative at the New Orleans meeting?


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ens/GELDNER #4, from OTC_NewsAlert, 2930 chars, Oct 22 09:20 1996

****novell proposes internet printing standard

   OREM, UTAH, U.S.A., 1996 OCT 21 (Newsbytes) -- By Ian Stokell.

   Just as the need for users on different hardware platforms to
communicate and share information has led to the explosive interest in the
use of Internet technologies and protocols, particularly the World Wide
Web, for in- house corporate networks in the form of intranets, so the need
to share and print documents over the Internet has led to a demand for a
new standard for cross-platform printing. Now Novell Inc. [NASDAQ:NOVL]
says it is not only developing such a standard for printing across the
Internet, but has already received support for the standard from major
computing firms as well.

   Novell says 12 print "industry leaders" have announced support for the
new technology standard that will enable printing across the Internet.

   The standard is intended to simplify the ISO 10175 protocol used by
major print vendors, which will basically allow printing compatibility
between vendors.

   Said Marc Epstein, vice president and general manager of Novell's
Network Services Division, "There is a great need for creating a standard
that will enable users to send and control print jobs to remote printers
attached to the Internet."

   In November, Novell intends to submit a protocol specification to the
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) concerning the technology, in the
form of an Internet Draft called Lightweight Document Printing Application

   A number of major printer vendors have announced support for working
with Novell toward the completion of the IETF standard. They include Adobe,
Canon, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Lexmark, QMS, Ricoh, Sharp, Tektronix,
Toshiba, and Xerox.

   In a world where standalone corporate and end-user printing is fast
disappearing, notes Newsbytes, the application of the specification to a
variety of image-oriented technologies would be a major plus.  Along those
lines, the Multi-Function Peripheral Association (MFPA) says it has also
"committed to endorsing the proposed Internet Draft."  The MPFA will work
to "extend and modify this specification to support faxing, scanning,
copying, and other multifunction device capabilities."

   According to Novell, the would-be standard would enable printer vendors
to improve printing compatibility, which in turn would allow users to
"locate and print to resources across Internet and intranet connections as
easily as across local area networks (LANs)."

   A number of print services are already based on the ISO 10175 standard,
including Novell's Distributed Print Services, Hewlett- Packard's
Distributed Print Service, IBM's Print Systems Manager, and Printxchange
from Digital.

(19961021/Press Contact: Richard Ling, Novell Inc., 408-577-6331, 
Internet e-mail 

Copyright 1996

ens/GELDNER #5, from PR_News, 9076 chars, Oct 22 09:20 1996

Novell Proposes Internet Printing Standard with Support from Print
Industry Leaders

Adobe, Canon, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Lexmark, Novell, QMS, Ricoh,
Sharp, Tektronix, Toshiba and Xerox Join to Support Standard Print Protocol
for the Internet

   OREM, Utah, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) today
announced support from twelve print industry leaders for its initiative to
drive the creation of a new technology standard to enable printing across
the Internet. If adopted, this proposed standard will simplify the ISO
10175 protocol used by major print vendors today for ease of printing over
the Internet and corporate intranets. This will also present print vendors
with the compatibility they need to support the broad range of new and
existing systems their customers use today. Toward this goal, Novell will
submit a protocol specification to the Internet Engineering Task Force
(IETF) in the form of an Internet Draft called Lightweight Document
Printing Application (LDPA) in November. Major print vendors in support of
working with Novell toward a complete IETF standard include Adobe, Canon,
Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Lexmark, QMS, Ricoh, Sharp, Tektronix, Toshiba
and Xerox. The Multi-Function Peripheral Association (MFPA) has also
committed to endorsing the proposed Internet Draft and will work to get
input from its members to extend and modify this specification to support
faxing, scanning, copying and other multifunction device capabilities.

   As more organizations implement intranets and enable Internet access,
they face challenges printing documents across these expanded networks. If
this proposed standard is adopted and implemented, printer manufacturers
and print service providers will be able to offer businesses ready-to-use
solutions for sending print job requests and controlling print jobs to
printers across the Internet and corporate intranets. This standard will
also enable printer vendors to provide better printing compatibility, so
users can locate and print to resources across Internet and intranet
connections as easily as across LANs.  Several print services, including
Hewlett-Packard's Distributed Print Service(TM), IBM's Print Systems
Manager(TM), Printxchange(TM) from Digital, Sun and Xerox, and Novell
Distributed Print Services(TM) are all based on the ISO 10175 standard,
commonly referred to as the DPA standard. With support for the proposed
Internet Draft protocol, printer vendors will be able to increase printer
compatibility, allowing users to easily send and manage print jobs.

   "There is a great need for creating a standard that will enable users to
send and control print jobs to remote printers attached to the Internet,"
said Marc Epstein, vice president and general manager of Novell's Network
Services Division. "NetWare print services are the world's leading network
printer sharing solution today, making it the de facto standard. Because of
this, Novell is in the best position to help drive the adoption and
evolution of Lightweight DPA through the IETF. This Internet Draft proposal
furthers Novell's commitment to developing and supporting standards for the

   "Novell is taking an existing, accepted ISO printing standard, modifying
it to be simple enough to use as an Internet standard, and making it run
over Internet protocols," said Bob Fennell, director and principal printer
analyst of Dataquest. "Novell and its vendors are in a leadership position
in network printing by taking a major step in defining protocols for the
Internet."  Leading Printer Vendors United in Support of Creating Internet

   Twelve printing industry leaders representing manufacturers and print
services will participate in the standards process.


   "Adobe enthusiastically supports Novell's goal to create a standard for
submission and control of print jobs via the Internet," said George
Cacioppo, vice president of Production Imaging Engineering at Adobe Systems
Incorporated.  "Adobe will work to integrate LDPA in our Internet printing
and job management solutions. We believe that the device and service
independent job specifications along with reliable, secure job submission
provided by LDPA will resolve key issues in printing to intranets and
remote locations."


   "Hewlett-Packard has an established working relationship with Novell to
define and develop robust networking solutions," said Marc Gunning, product
marketing manager, Intranet Solutions Operation, Hewlett-Packard.
"Internet and intranet printing is a natural evolution of our network
printing initiatives and we look forward to continued efforts with Novell
on these future printing technologies."


   "Based on our experience developing two standards-based print management
systems (Printing Systems Manager for enterprises and our Internet-based
solution for workgroups) we understand the industry's need for Novell's
proposed standard," said Kerry Bensman, director of Software Solutions, IBM
Printing Systems Company. "We will continue to support industry standards
in our forthcoming solutions, thereby enabling our customers to leverage
their investment in printers and networks."


   "Lexmark has strongly supported the development of printer management
standards through the IEEE, the Printer Working Group and the IETF," said
Glenn Hudson, vice president and general manager, Attachment Products,
Lexmark International, Inc. "We strongly support Novell's efforts in this
area and are committed to working within the industry to refine this
proposal into a broadly accepted standard."


   "The MFPA strongly agrees that a standard method to control
Internet-based printing is a key enabling technology for document-oriented
peripherals.  This blends well with MFPA work and the general direction of
the industry, as presented at our annual Integrated Office Conference
(IOC)," said Raymond Lutz, executive council chair of the Multifunction
Peripheral Association (MFPA). "The job submission paradigm announced by
Novell will provide a rich control capability that can be used for the
Internet, corporate intranets and advanced facsimile-based jobs. The MFPA
is eager to support further development in this area and have established a
Web-based discussion forum for further collaboration."


   "Xerox believes that an open standard for job submission and control is
a benefit to customers using the Internet and is in keeping with the
principles that make the Internet a success," said John Kavazanjian, vice
president and general manager of Xerox Network Software. "LDPA and ISO's
DPA standard leverages an existing and robust standard that will make it
easier for our Prinxchange customers to utilize their continued investments
and to plan for the future."

   The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a large international
community of network designers, operators, vendors and researchers
concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth
operation of the Internet. It is open to any interested individual or
company. The actual technical work of the IETF is done in its working
groups, which are organized by topic into several areas (e.g., routing,
network management, security, etc.).  Further information about the IETF
can be accessed on the World Wide Web at

   Founded in 1983, Novell is the world's leading provider of network
software.  The company offers a wide range of network solutions for
distributed network, Internet, intranet and small-business markets. Novell
education and technical support programs are the most comprehensive in the
network computing industry.  Information about Novell's complete range of
products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at

   NOTE: Novell and NetWare are registered trademarks of Novell, Inc.
Novell Distributed Print Services is a trademark of Novell, Inc. All other
company or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective owners.

SOURCE  Novell Inc.

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