[Desktop_printing] Gtk+ Printing Dialog

Alexander Larsson alexl at redhat.com
Wed Jan 25 07:40:54 PST 2006

On Wed, 2006-01-25 at 12:52 +0100, Kai-Uwe Behrmann wrote: 
> Alexander,
> is the Gtk+ code intented to work inside Gtk only? 
> Could you make it possible, to turn the planed printing dialog into 
> something generic, useable for other toolkits as well? Maybe this can be 
> achieved by modularising. So toolkit specific things are separate.
> A unified dialog would be a chance to bring the printing behaviour in 
> sync and take the desktop as one coordinated product.
> Applictions like Scribus, Inkscape, Krita, Gimp, CinePaint should all 
> behave in a similiar way. A common effort between KDE, Gnome, FLTK ...
> developers would be much appreciated. Each of the above applications has 
> unique features, which will not be copied easily. 
> Adobe's CreativeSuite is a good example, how a group of appliations can 
> work close together.

My task is to design a printing API for gtk+, including a dialog to use
on Linux. This dialog will naturally be written in gtk+, since this it
is specially written for gtk+. It might be possible for other
applications to use a gtk+ dialog (i.e. OOo can do this with the gtk+
file selector dialog), but that is the extent of cross-toolkit support
the dialog it will have.

I'm all for working together on the backend design and implementation
though, so that all toolkits show the same printers and things like

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