[Desktop_printing] PPD settings vs IPP options

Till Kamppeter till.kamppeter at gmx.net
Tue Feb 14 13:29:26 PST 2006

Bastian, Waldo wrote:
> The fuzzy document layout seems overly complicated for something that I
> don't think is very important for many end users. The reason I say that
> is that if you care about exact scale (exact color?) you tend to be
> aware of the paper size and printer limitations. The other case is where
> you get this form for a strange paper size and you just want to make
> sure that everything ends up on paper somehow.
> Based on the above, I would think that a model that should work fairly
> well is that the application makes some generic assumptions about the
> output device based on the user's paper selection in the application.
> Then when the user starts printing and has selected a printer, the
> application should be able to tell when the selected printer is not able
> to support the assumptions made. (E.g. selected margins not supported by
> the printer) The application can then point out the problem and suggest
> the user some corrective actions (e.g. scale to fit page/margins, let
> user select different paper/margins in application, print as-is anyway,
> ...)
> Wouldn't that be a lot easier?

That is how I think it should go, too.


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