IPP Mail Archive: Re: IPP> Does the world need a robust host-to-device network printing protocol?

IPP Mail Archive: Re: IPP> Does the world need a robust host-to-device network printing protocol?

Re: IPP> Does the world need a robust host-to-device network printing protocol?

Jay Martin (jkm@underscore.com)
Thu, 12 Feb 1998 10:54:05 -0500

Larry Masinter wrote:

> > For one thing, such a protocol would be one heck of a lot more
> > efficient than IPP-over-HTTP. Anytime you frame bulk data within
> > a transaction protocol, you lose bigtime in terms of performance.
>
> Now, there's a lot you might say about IPP-over-HTTP, but this one makes
> little sense. HTTP is used for transmitting bulk data all the time. Admittedly,
> most HTTP transactions are server-to-client rather than client-to-server for
> bulk data, but there's not much asymmetric in the protocol itself.

Yes, HTTP transmits bulk data all the time. However, you are
ignoring the fact that HTTP has a much wider problem domain
than IPP.

HTTP needs the multi-part capability due to the problem domain.
A printing protocol does not.

...jay

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