P1394 Mail Archive: Re: P1394> PWG printer profile impression

P1394 Mail Archive: Re: P1394> PWG printer profile impression

Re: P1394> PWG printer profile impression

Randy Turner (rturner@sharplabs.com)
Wed, 17 Dec 1997 06:12:59 -0800

To my knowledge, we haven't talked about
application layer protocols yet (printing or
anything else). I don't think we know how
"thick" or "thin" the printing profile
document will be. Until we specify the
application layer, we don't have an
interoperable specification for any

I *do* think that what we have specified
so far could easily be employed by any
1394 device, no matter how small and
simple. But there is much work to be done.


Atsushi_Nakamura wrote:
> I have been reviewing the PWG printing profile,and
> also was fortunate to hear a little about the
> discussion that went on in the telephone
> conference.
> I think the work is becoming productive,and that is good.
> However,I do have one concern about the scope of the profile (spec.)
> It is written in the PWG profile document that the profile
> document:
> "will provide requirements for the implementation of IEEE1394
> communications for printers, scanners, digital still cameras,
> and other imageing devices.
> Communications will include traditional computer host to
> The scope, excluding 1284.4 overlaps with the direct print protocol
> work done in PWG-C.
> Of course it would be an ideal solution if only 1 protocol
> exists in the 1394 printing world, which covers ANY printing
> application, and I assume everyone has persued this idea
> in the beginning.
> However, the reality is that the priority of requirements
> differ among printing applications (PC printing, direct printing)
> and some protocol features which are necessary in 1 solution
> may not be needed in others.
> Coming up with 1 printing profile wich covers both PC printing
> and direct printing may be a difficult task, and may end up as
> an incomplete solution for both printing applications.
> One example may be connection-less service. "IF" it is decided that
> the PC printing solution does not need this feature, I do not feel
> it is necessary to keep it just to support an incomplete direct-print.
> (I'm not saying that PC printing doesn't need connection-less. )
> I think the concensus we had till a while ago ,that
> there would be a "thick" stack and a "thin" stack still lives.
> The idea was that there may(will) be more than 1 stack for printers,
> and FDS is intended to be a solution to "tie" the physical
> functionality, "the printer" whatever the stack may be.
> The current activity, that PWG works on an ideal PC
> printing solution (PWG profile) while the PWG-C works on an
> ideal direct print solution (Direct-print protocol)is a
> very realistic idea.
> The first priority for both groups is for each to come up with
> a good solution for their initial scope,
> and don't become too generic from the beginning.
> >From this point of view, my frank question would be;
> "Should the PWG profile proposal be considered as a
> counter-proposal to the PWG-C Direct-Print Protocol
> proposal?"
> I think it is very good work, and hope to participate in it,
> but I was just curious that PWG and PWG-C may be working on
> 2 of the same things.
> FYI: The direct-print market in Japan, though not as big as
> the PC printer market is an area that cannot be ignored,
> with direct print capable printers from Panasonic, Casio,
> Epson,Sharp and most digital camera vendors.
> Direct printing is somewhat a trend in Japan,becoming more
> than a niche market.
> I think this comes from the difference in the number of PCs
> inside the homes, between the US and Japan.
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