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Re: Printing

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Printing
Date: Wed, 01 Apr 2009 20:53:55 +0300

> From: Miles Bader <address@hidden>
> Cc: Stefan Monnier <address@hidden>, address@hidden,
>         address@hidden
> Date: Wed, 01 Apr 2009 13:17:52 +0900
> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
> >> What other way to print are you thinking of?
> >
> > The way every modern platform does that: through a printer API,
> > whereby you select fonts and layout, then render text to some device,
> > and the text gets printed to the printer you select.
> But that's exactly what postscript _is_ -- a printer API that lets you
> select fonts and layout and then renders text to some device....

Obviously, there are some problems, since non-ASCII support in
ps-print still needs a lot of tinkering and intimate knowledge of what
your printing infrastructure supports.  This basically didn't change
since ps-mule was added about 10 years ago.  There were good
intentions to add support for Type1 fonts, but 10 years later there
still is no ps-type1.el, and what BDF fonts produce in print is simply
too ugly to be palatable.

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