[Desktop_printing] PPD settings vs IPP options

Michael Sweet mike at easysw.com
Fri Feb 10 08:58:02 PST 2006

Print preview vs. WYSIWYG is a long-standing debate on many platforms.

One school of thought is that there should be no print preview and
that all applications should display exactly as they will be printed
or at least have a mode for this so that the user can make changes in
the printable version.

In general, this provides the user with a consistent view of their
document and eliminates unnecessary previews and prints.

However, when dealing with printer-specific options and margins, the
print preview can provide final validation and show how finishing
options like stapling, punching, duplex, and folding interact with
the final document.

Currently many applications on MacOS allow the user to select a
particular printer from the page setup dialog (format for any printer
or a specific printer), which both limits the list of supported
paper sizes and uses the printer's margins when displaying the
printable version of a document in the main window.

Sooo, my recommendation would be to offer *both* preview and WYSIWYG
document editing, and encourage developers to show the current
printer-specific margins when the user has selected a printer in the
page setup dialog.

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

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