IPP> DRV - Client Print Support Files Internet-Draftdown-loaded

IPP> DRV - Client Print Support Files Internet-Draftdown-loaded

IPP> DRV - Client Print Support Files Internet-Draftdown-loaded

Michael Sweet mike at easysw.com
Wed Nov 8 15:37:19 EST 2000


Mike Bartman wrote:
> 
> I'm curious as to why this question of drivers and CPUs is part
> of IPP.  It seems to me that printer administration is a separate
> issue from printing, and should be dealt with in a separate
> protocol...perhaps one more generic to the question of networked
> machine interoperability.  There's no basic reason why printers
> should support distribution and installation of software used to
> ...

The original purpose of IPP was to replace LPD, and LPD handled
a few printer administration issues as well as the mundane print
and cancel job type operations.

Whether or not to address administration issues in IPP has been
an ongoing battle.  IMHO *not* providing support for operations
and features needed beyond the printer will hurt IPP in the
long run.  Network printing has always been a pain, and
providing a single, vendor-neutral protocol for all printing
stuff is the only way to fix that.

Will printer manufacturers include driver download support in
their products?  I doubt it - too many driver revs, languages,
and OS's to fit in limited ROM/flash memory.  More likely this
extension will be used by IPP-capable printing systems on desktop
or server machines.

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Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products                  mike at easysw.com
Printing Software for UNIX                       http://www.easysw.com



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