[Printing-architecture] Notes of today's telecon
till.kamppeter at gmx.net
Fri May 26 10:42:16 PDT 2006
McDonald, Ira wrote:
> I'm going to support Michael's point here. The prevailing
> usage in the localization industry and in most file systems
> is to use language tag directories immediately _before_ the
> terminal filename in a path.
So you suggest
Is this what you mean?
Having the language directory as the last level makes it also easier to
install (and also to uninstall) selected languages.
> And leaving aside "extra" entirely (not that we should),
> 10,000 printers with typically 10 languages supported
> makes a directory of 100,000 PPDs with the language tag
> as a suffix in the terminal filename - awful performance
> for search and installation tools.
Or should we do
but we must read the PPDs anyway to match the detected printer against
the device ID strings in them.
> Though an installation tool MIGHT have to search multiple
> directories for a given model, it could easily check the
> user's current locale and present as the default (before
> ANY other searching) a PPD for the current locale.
This reduces search time a lot, and by not installing unneeded language
directories one can save a lot of disk space.
> I sympathize with Glen about standardizing "extra", but
> I tend to think it's mostly hopeless - syntax yes, content
> not worth the effort.
Some tag in "Extra" telling the meaning of the content (like a "d_" for
a driver name) could make things easier, but it is not absolutely needed.
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