[Desktop_printing] Multi-Language PPD files and PPD file spec s

Michael Sweet mike at easysw.com
Thu Jan 19 13:53:03 PST 2006

McDonald, Ira wrote:
> Hi,
> BOTH Apple MacOS and Microsoft Windows in a future
> major release will install print drivers and print
> protocol ports (LPR versus IPP) using SNMP access to
> the standard IEEE/ISTO PWG Printer Port Monitor MIB.
>   ftp://ftp.pwg.org/pub/pwg/candidates/
> in the files:
>   cs-pmpportmib10-20051025-5107.1.mib
>   - ASN.1 only
>   cs-pmpportmib10-20051025-5107.1.pdf
>   - full specification in PDF
> Microsoft proposed this new standard MIB in late 2004.
> It has been prototyped by a number of vendors and both
> Microsoft and Apple participated (by providing test tools)
> in our mid-2005 interop test.
> Don't waste your time engineering to legacy vendor MIBs.

Ira, this is a separate issue - mapping SNMP OIDs to PPD keywords -
which is *not* addressed by the Port Monitor MIB (which is just
concerned with connecting to the device and driver selection)

IOW, without the PPD extensions the user needs to manually setup
the installed options on the printer.

Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products           mike at easysw dot com
Internet Printing and Document Software          http://www.easysw.com

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