Re: Printer driver UI [proposal]

   Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 23:06:42 -0500
   From: Mike Sweet <mike easysw com>

   Robert L Krawitz wrote:
   > ...
   > The problem with this is that it isn't portable to printing systems
   > other than CUPS.  The PPD file will work with other printing systems,
   > but unless you've done something really clever the non-standard
   > options won't be accessible.  There either needs to be a well-defined
   > extension to PPD files that allows things like this, or a new file
   > format.

   Fortunately, I can be really clever.

   Extended options are visible to non-CUPS enabled clients as PickOne
   options with standard values (basically the way things are with the
   current GIMP-print driver numeric options...)  This doesn't give
   you complete control, but it does allow you to define your own
   "standard" values...

That's certainly better than nothing (Roy Harrington is already doing
that with his grayscale workflow), but it's a long way from ideal.

Robert Krawitz                                     <rlk alum mit edu>      

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