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Re: w32 issues

From: Lennart Borgman (gmail)
Subject: Re: w32 issues
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 01:16:57 +0100
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Jason Rumney wrote:
Lennart Borgman (gmail) wrote:

Jason Rumney wrote:
There is no such thing as a GDI printer. GDI is a Windows API for drawing graphics. Printers take text or binary commands over a wire. Setting up the printer through the network solves the problem that USB ports do not have real character devices assigned to them by default.

Yes, but it is also the language used for printing on those printers, see for example:

That page doesn't support your statement at all:

GDI is an API developed by Microsoft. The real problem is not the API itself, but rather that GDI printers are exclusively accessible via a proprietary protocol. Therefore, GDI printers should actually be called "printers exclusively accessible via a proprietary protocol".

It looks to me like there are two problems, the network protocol and the printer language. Please see here:


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