[Desktop_printing] Multi-Language PPD files and PPD file specs

Michael Sweet mike at easysw.com
Fri Jan 20 10:34:09 PST 2006

George Liu wrote:
>> - PPDs should get multi-platform, it should stop with different PPDs
> for
>> the same printer on different platforms (NT, XP, Mac, Linux, ...)
> 	This *should* be possible, however we will need to convince the
> 	printer manufacturers to do this.  Developing a freely
> distributable
> 	standard Windows PostScript printer driver extension that
> supports
> 	the CUPS PPD extensions may be a way to do this...
> A Windows PPD extension that supports CUPS PPD extension? We must have
> lived in an ideal world. To make a freely distributable CUPS extension
> that works for the Unix/Linux/Mac sounds more achievable in the near
> future. 

We already have a CUPS-specific, open source extension for the
Microsoft PostScript driver; see:


The only tricky part with the CUPS PPD extensions is supporting
the localization via attributes; I'm guessing that both the Microsoft
and Adobe developers will be able to point us in the right direction.

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

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