IPP Mail Archive: Re: IPP> MOD - Tentative decision on natural language overri

IPP Mail Archive: Re: IPP> MOD - Tentative decision on natural language overri

Re: IPP> MOD - Tentative decision on natural language overri

Harry Lewis (harryl@us.ibm.com)
Fri, 6 Nov 1998 12:39:42 -0500

Stuart, you echo my sentiments exactly. I have tried, on the wire and i=
n the
calls to bring the focus back to Carl's original (and much simpler)
observations. (See http://www.pwg.org/hypermail/ipp/1490.html). I thin=
k the
problem is that some implementations are already using some of the (dif=
to understand) "features" in striving for conformance to the June 30 d=
It's just unfortunate that we were not able to focus sooner on the prob=
which was surfaced in May. I believe Tom tried to bend Carl's proposal =
into the
reality of the situation... looking for a compromise solution. I agree.=
.. it
looks that much more complicated in this context.

It is fairly well agreed there is not much we can do with respect to Se=
(Printers?), at this point but some hope may still lay in the Clients. =
If we
can restrict client behavior (say, to always use textWithLanguage) it m=
govern server response (to, similarly, always use textWithLanguage)... =
achieving Carl's proposal. But, some Servers already have decided to ma=
ke use
of textWithoutLanguage in situations where Languages on the request and=

response are identical (a common sense implementation given the absence=
of a
rule like Carl was proposing... "always use textWithLanguage").

So, we feel pretty boxed in. I agree, however, any reasoning discussed =
on the
call should be echoed on the DL for all to understand.

Harry Lewis - IBM Printing Systems

owner-ipp@pwg.org on 11/05/98 10:07:44 PM
Please respond to owner-ipp@pwg.org
To: hastings@cp10.es.xerox.com, ipp@pwg.org
Subject: Re: IPP> MOD - Tentative decision on natural language overri

Apparently the participants in the telecon and those "voting" on the
mailing list are completely different groups of individuals! Except for=
Herriott, no one expressed any con arguments for NLO 4 of 4. I only saw=
"votes" (about 10 or 15 of them). So why the telcon decision of No. The=
is not even any reasons given why this decision was reached. Where is t=
discussion on the mailing list?

This type of mass back on forth makes me wonder how many really have a
clear understanding of these NLO issues (not that I do). Nearly everyon=
has expressed that the current mechanisms are overkill and very hard to=


I think the only really clearly articulated discussion of this on the
mailing list has been Carl Kugler's emails. On Oct 9 Carl sent the
following email titled IPP> Re: MOD OLD NEW Issue: Contradictory NLO re=
This email suggests a very clear and to me appropriate solution. I neve=
saw on the list anyone state why not to accept Carl's proposal. After t=
email, we received the issue broken into several inter-related issues b=
Tom (which I read over and over and over, trying to understand).

I would now challenge those in the telecon who decided to keep name/tex=
withoutLanguage to re-read Carl's email (below) and state in what ways =
proposal is flawed. Until someone can adequately shoot down this clear
proposal of Carl's, then his proposal is what I am in favor of.



Stuart Rowley Kyocera Technology Development, Inc=
Network Product Dev. Mgr. 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd. #330
Printer Division Lafayette, CA 94549
stuart.rowley@kyocera.com 925 299-7206 Fax: 925 299-2489

IPP> Re: MOD OLD NEW Issue: Contradictory NLO req
Here is a proposal for simplifying IPP's natural language model. It's
basically an elaboration of a suggestion made by Keith Moore in
The idea is simple. Eliminate the implicit language form of text and n=

1. Eliminate "attributes-natural-language" operation attribute.
2. Eliminate "attributes-natural-language" job object attribute.
3. Eliminate "textWithoutLanguage" attribute syntax.
4. Eliminate "nameWithoutLanguage" attribute syntax.
5. To allow client to specify desired natural language for
Printer-generated text from multi-lingual Printers, add a new, OPTIONAL=
"natural-language-requested" attribute to override Printer's

Now every text and name attribute has an explicitly specified natural

1. Constructing responses is simpler. No need to consider a hierarchy=
implicit language contexts. Printer never needs to convert from
xWithoutLanguage to xWithLanguage.
2. Interpreting messages is simpler. Currently the same message can t=
many forms, depending on use of redundant NLOs, etc.
2. Comparing name and text values is simpler. No need to search a
three-level precedence hierarchy to find the language of a value being
compared. Name and text values can be compared out of context.
3. Implementation is simpler. Fewer attribute syntaxes required. 12
fewer attributes have multiple syntaxes. One less attribute in a speci=
reserved, required position.
4. Bandwidth savings. Using the examples from Section 9 of PRO:
9.1: save 30 bytes
9.2: save 23 bytes
9.3: save 30 bytes
9.4: save 30 bytes
9.5: save 37 bytes
9.6: save 37 bytes
9.7: save 60 bytes.
5. No loss in functionality over the original model.
6. Easier to specify and understand.

1. Reduced job security for IPP consultants ;-)



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_________________________________ Subject: IPP> MOD - Tentative decisio=
n on
natural language override (
Author: "Hastings; Tom N" <hastings@cp10.es.xerox.com> at ~internet Da=
11/5/98 7:15 PM

At our IPP telecon, Wednesday, 11/04/1998, we tentatively agreed to the=

following decisions. Please response to these tentative decisions on t=
mailing list so that we may make final decisions at the upcoming IPP WG=

meeting next week.

Decision 1:
Yes for nlo 3 of 4. (Issue 1.47)
A name/textWithoutLanguage does not get its implicit
language from the attributes-natural-language attribute in the job attr=

group in a Get-Jobs response. It always gets the language for each job =
the response from the attributes-natural-language operation attribute. =
is a change from the June draft by deleting a paragraph in section 3.2.=
Get-Jobs response (that required the job-level natural language overrid=
e to
be returned for each job whose natural language differed from that of t=
response as a whole).

Decision 2:
No for nlo 4 of 4. (Issue 1.48)
Keep both text/nameWithLanguage and
text/nameWithoutLanguage attribute syntaxes for 'text'/'name' attribute=
s as
in the June draft. Thus, when a text/name attribute value's natural lan=
is the same as the attributes-natural-language operation attribute, the=

value in the protocol can either contain text/nameWithLanguage or

We also discussed nlo 2 of 4. (Issue 1.46)
To clarify that a request or response MAY contain a redundant use of
text/nameWithLanguage, i.e., the explicit natural language of an attrib=
value is the same as the natural language specified for the request or
response as a whole in the attributes-natural-language operation attrib=
We agreed that to make it simply a MAY (implementer option), since some=

implementers want to remove redundancy in their requests and response, =
other implementers want to always pass name and text with explicit natu=
languages. Thus we could not agree to make redundant NLO at the attrib=
level a SHOULD or a SHOULD NOT, but merely a MAY.

Tom Hastings
(310) 333-6413