[Printing-architecture] GSOC'09: Common Printing Dialog

Per Hermansson hermansson.per at bredband.net
Thu Mar 26 04:02:29 PDT 2009


My name is Per Hermansson and I'm a student from the Royal institute of 
technology in Sweden. I'm interested in developing the common printing 
dialog. Designing a printing dialog with usability in mind seems like an 
important task which if done correct would benefit a lot of people. I 
consider myself to be experienced in C/C++ developing and have developed 
with GTK. Since I've recently switched to KDE I hope to also learn a bit 
about Qt. After some investigation about the idea, I've come up with the 
following questions I hope someone here can answer:

Since designing the interface is a major component would it be possible 
to implement the dialog with both Qt and GTK for one summer? I guess 
this depends on skill level (but e.g. abstracting the dialog model would 
make it easier).

Except for the printing dialog and the cpdapi implementation I guess 
that some kind of abstraction is needed so that the underlying print 
method is decoupled from D-Bus in order to use the api for systems 
without D-Bus?

Also, if two students are chosen for the project what would be a good 
measure for success in modifying other application to use the dialog?

Finally is the cpdapi used (or experimented with) by any applications 
today that you know of?


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