Some cross-fertilization between PWG and FSG efforts.
Yasumasa Toratani (Canon, FSG Open Printing Bi-di API project)
recently contacted me about using the (future) WBMM standardized
machine translation of Printer MIB v2 into XML Schema as the value
returned by FSG/OP Bi-di API queries to printers.
Topic for a little discussion at tomorrow's WBMM telecon?
- Ira McDonald
High North Inc
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Date sent: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 23:03:20 +0900
From: Yasumasa TORATANI <toratani.yasumasa at canon.co.jp>
To: imcdonald at sharplabs.com
Subject: Re: Printer MIB v2 Schema
I appreciate that your comment let me realize Printer MIB v2 is the
best choice for the Bi-di Plug-in API, and we will discuss the trial
bi-di plug-in implementation which will send back the Printer MIB v2
XML data based on your XML schema.
First version of Bi-di Plug-in API will prepare the basic reading API
for obtaining the XML data from the printer, and the event handling
method will be prepared in the future version. So, I believe that the
Bi-di Plug-in API should be consistent with the PWG WBMM efforts
hereafter, and first of all, I'll try to read all the discussion of
WBMM group's mailing list to catch up with them.
On Wed, 15 Oct 2003 17:06:41 -0400
"Ira McDonald" <imcdonald at sharplabs.com> wrote:
>> I'm delighted that the FSG OP Bidi folks are interested in using my
> translation of the Printer MIB v2 to an XML schema!
>> This schema was generated _by_machine_ using an existing SMIv2 to
> SMIv1 conversion tool of mine. I added a second back-end to
> generate XML Schema output instead.
>> The current draft on the PWG site is technically correct, but in a
> few places it should be improved: (1) Pete Zehler (author of the PWG
> Semantic Model schema set) pointed
> out that I should have translated MIB INTEGER/Integer32 to
> 'xsd:int' (32-bit) and not 'xsd:integer' (unbounded).
> (2) I also don't currently capture any further range limit
> (such as '0..20') from the integer types.
>> As part of the ongoing PWG WBMM (Web-Based Device Monitoring and
> Management) project, we will standardize several schema, including:
> (1) Printer MIB v2 (2) Views of Printer MIB v2 (for accounting,
> service, etc) that group
> elements from the tables in the Printer MIB v2 into other
>> sequences for management convenience.
> (3) Schedule - a set of timed or periodic Action Items to be
> performed by a managed device (4) Report - a normal report (5) Alert
> - an exception report (similar to IPP notifications)
>> I need to do some coding work on my 'smi2conv' utility to improve
> the Printer MIB v2 translation fidelity.
>> I also have a current WBMM action item to propose the 'Views of the
> Printer MIB v2' schema. I'll be working on this in the coming
> - Ira McDonald, co-editor Printer MIB v2
> High North Inc
>>> On 15 Oct 2003 at 14:55, Yasumasa TORATANI wrote:
>> > Dear Ira McDonald,
> > I'm Yasumasa Toratani, co-architecture leader of the FSG Open
> > Printing WG in Japan. and now working for the Bi-di Plug-in API
> > which will be able to obtain several printer information,
> > including the printer status, job status, printer options, etc.
> > After the PWG/FSG joint meeting in Portland last June, we
> > discussed the best standard format to define the printer
> > information for each printer vendor, and the API to receive the
> > printer information from the Plug-in as well.
> > And we suppose that the Printer MIB v2 would be one of the best
> > format for the Bi-di Plug-in API, and found that the Pirnter MIB
> > v2 XML schema has been already done by you last May.
> > ftp://ftp.pwg.org/pub/pwg/www/hypermail/wbmm/0104.html> >
> > If you don't mind, we'd like to refer to your cool effort as the
> > base of the standard schema which will define the data format
> > comming back from the Bi-di Plug-in API.
> > Could you please give us your comment?
> > Best regards,
> > -----------------------------------------
> > Yasumasa TORATANI
> > Computer Technology Development Dept. 12
> > CANON INC. Shimomaruko Office, Japan
>> Ira McDonald (Musician / Network Software Architect)
> Blue Roof Music / High North Inc
> PO Box 221
> Grand Marais, MI 49839
> Phone: +1-906-494-2434
> Email: imcdonald at sharplabs.com
Computer Technology Development Dept. 12
CANON INC. Shimomaruko Office, Japan
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Blue Roof Music / High North Inc
PO Box 221
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Email: imcdonald at sharplabs.com