[Printing-architecture] Suggestion for a small change in yourdesign for the Common Printing Dialog
glen.petrie at eitc.epson.com
Tue Jun 3 08:47:49 PDT 2008
Can we consider using the 80-20 rule. In 80% (95%) of the time a user
will "print the entire document", "print the current page" or "print a
single range". More complex "range of page selections" could be
handled in special tab (or what ever method is currently being used for
advanced feature selection). Now the input interface in the preview
area can be reduced to a single edit box for the end page along with
back/forward page arrows. For "print all pages" the preview shows the
first page of the document and the edit field has the last page number.
For "print a single range" the user uses the arrow keys to get the first
page of the range they want to print and enters the end page numbering
the edit field. An advanced mode of the edit field is that the user can
enter the page range as "5-70". And finally, for "print the current
page", the user uses the arrow keys to get the page they wants and
enters the same page number in the edit field. Again, the edit field
could accept "75" so that only page "75" is printed. One could also
have a simple button to "print this page".
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Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 4:04 PM
To: Ira McDonald
Cc: printing-architecture at lists.linux-foundation.org; Celeste Lyn Paul;
Henrik Nilsen Omma; Jonathan Riddell; Till Kamppeter
Subject: Re: [Printing-architecture] Suggestion for a small change in
yourdesign for the Common Printing Dialog
Could you describe that in more detail? I don't really like the current
way (i.e. entering something like "1,2,5-70,75" to get pages 1, 2, 5
through 70, and 75). It's quick and easy for people like me who feel
hobbled without a command line, but I don't think it's particularly
intuitive or easy for others.
On Mon, Jun 2, 2008 at 5:55 PM, Ira McDonald <blueroofmusic at gmail.com>
Hi Alex and Till,
FWIW - In IPP/1.1 Production Printing, Open Printing Job Ticket API, and
PWG Semantic Model, we have a common "pages" attribute defined as
'(1setOf rangeOfInteger(1:MAX))' (i.e., a set of page ranges).
I suggest we give the user a set of boxes like ordinary page range that
be filled in for a discontiguous set of pages.
On Mon, Jun 2, 2008 at 6:41 PM, Alex Wauck <alex.wauck at gmail.com> wrote:
> I like it. I'm using a custom widget for the preview instead of the
> preview widget, so it won't be too difficult to implement. We just
> figure out how to specify ranges. People don't want to go through and
> every page in a 100-page range.
> On Mon, Jun 2, 2008 at 3:22 PM, Till Kamppeter
<till.kamppeter at gmail.com>
>> on the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) in Prague we have discussed your
>> design for the Common Printing Dialog. During the discussion doubts
>> up about how to print only selected pages of a document. A suggestion
>> was then that one can add buttons to the preview to (de)select the
>> currently visible (like implemented in multi-function printers where
>> can print photos from a memory card selecting them on the printer's
>> display, or like on digital cameras with PictBridge).
>> WDYT about this feature? Or what were your ideas about selecting the
>> pages to be printed?
>> Printing-architecture mailing list
>> Printing-architecture at lists.linux-foundation.org
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> Printing-architecture at lists.linux-foundation.org
Ira McDonald (Musician / Software Architect)
Chair - Linux Foundation Open Printing WG
Blue Roof Music/High North Inc
email: blueroofmusic at gmail.com
579 Park Place Saline, MI 48176
PO Box 221 Grand Marais, MI 49839
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