[WIMS] Re: request for new enumerations for RFC 3805 Printer MIB v2...

[WIMS] Re: request for new enumerations for RFC 3805 Printer MIB v2...

[WIMS] Re: request for new enumerations for RFC 3805 Printer MIB v2...

Ira McDonald blueroofmusic at gmail.com
Mon Oct 24 16:54:39 UTC 2011

Hi Tom,

We have a serious problem - we need a new RFC to add a supply unit!

Brief, sad story...

The Printer MIB v2 drafts foolishly kept 33 (out of 60) textual conventions
IN THE MIB - only a Printer MIB v3 RFC could ever add a marker supply
unit value!  This is NOT fixable with just IANA help.

The rationale was that these were "Type 1 enums" (as in IPP/1.1) and
should be hard to expand (read impossible).  I protested at the time, to no
avail, against this locking down of so many enums.

While a few (like orientation) are inherently closed (and mirror IPP stuff),
most *really* should be extensible.

Mike - I suggest a Steering Committee topic:

Write a new Printer MIB v3 Internet-Draft to replace  RFC 3805 and move
all of the other textual conventions into the IANA Printer MIB module (also
update PWG MSN references, add IPP/2.0 to ChannelInfo, etc.).

- Ira

On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 12:22 PM, Michael Sweet <msweet at apple.com> wrote:

> Tom,
> My apologies for not getting back sooner...
> Some feedback:
> 1. hundredthsOfInkSticks(20)
> I prefer the alternate name you proposed - hundredthsOfItems - since it is
> more generic. The supply type will identify whether we are reporting ink
> sticks or some other kind of supply...
> <ira>
I agree with Mike - I favor hundredthsOfItems.

**** Ira - I had trouble looking this one up since the IANA registry doesn't
> include PrtMarkerSuppliesSupplyUnitTC...
> <ira>


2. standardToner(35) and matteToner(36)
> Like Ira I'm not keen on adding a "standard" variant of the existing
> toner(3) enum. IMHO an unqualified toner value should just be considered
> "standard". I have no problem adding matteToner(35).
> **** Ira - we should probably also register matteInk(36) since matte ink
> has been used on higher-end inkjet printers for a long time.
> <ira>
I agree with Mike that any supply unit is inherently "standard".

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