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UPD> UPDF and IPP Collaboration - Resource object for fonts

From: Hastings, Tom N (hastings@cp10.es.xerox.com)
Date: Sat Jul 08 2000 - 15:39:28 EDT

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    This note is an idea for possible collaboration of the UPDF and IPP work.
    Attached is the first draft of an IPP extension for a Resource object and
    operations to get the attributes and/or opaque data. The Get-Resources
    operation includes a filter mechanism that uses the attributes defined for
    the Resource.

    Here is the Abstract:

       This IPP Get Resource document specifies an extension to IPP/1.0
       [RFC-2565] [RFC-2566] and IPP/1.1 [IPP-MOD] [IPP-PRO]. This document
       extends the current closed IPP object model with a passive
       polymorphic object that is intended to satisfy most needs for new
       object types in the long-term evolution of IPP via an extensible
       object framework.
       This document defines: Resource object (passive polymorphic object);
       Resource get operations (e.g., Get-Resource-Attributes); Resource
       attributes (e.g., "resource-name"); new Printer attributes (e.g.,
       "resource-type-supported"); Resource type of Driver (a morph of the
       Resource object); methods for supporting 'driver download' to IPP
       Client systems.

    The Resource object has a number of REQUIRED and OPTIONAL attributes that
    are independent of the resource type. We envision that one such resource
    type would be 'font'. Each resource type would also define additional
    attributes that are specific to that resource type. One of the Resource
    attributes is resource-document-formats (1setOf mimeMediaType) which
    indicates which document-formats each Resource instance is defined for,
    e.g., 'application/postscript', 'application/vnd.hp-PCL', etc. So a client
    could filter on the "resource-document-format" attribute to list, say, only
    the PostScript fonts.

    The resource data for a Resource object instance is envisioned being a
    collection of files, packaged as a single file, using, say, zip. Thus font
    metrics and font data could be separately represented. The IPP WG needs
    review by the UPDF WG to see if the basic mechanism is a good foundation for
    fonts and would meet your requirements for defining the 'font' resource
    type. For example, the attributes for different types of fonts needs to be
    different (we understand that the attributes for PostScript fonts and PCL
    fonts have something in common, but a lot that is different).

    Questions for the UPDF WG:

    1. Is the basic framework sufficient for fonts?
    2. Would you like to define the attributes for a 'font' resource-type?
    3. For which document-formats?
    4. What about other resources, such as device constraints?

     <<UPDF and IPP - resource object.doc>>

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