[Printing-architecture] Status and future of the Common Printing Dialog (CPD)

Michael Weghorn m.weghorn at posteo.de
Mon Mar 28 19:49:59 UTC 2016

Hi Peter,

thank you very much for your reply. It helps me to understand better how
things around the CPD developed and why things are as they are now.

Thank you also for your advice regarding different designs for desktop,
mobile and tablet. That confirms my impression that the Common Mobile
Print Dialog might not be the right thing for us now on the desktop.


On 2016-03-27 18:04, peter sikking wrote:
> hi Michael,
>> Could somebody possibly say something about the current status of the
>> Common Printing Dialog? Is further activity planned or has it been
>> abandoned?
> I led the interaction design work on that project, which again
> led and directed the implementation. I guess you have read all
> my blog posts, linked from [1].
> work on the CPD seized years ago. 2011 sounds about right.
> all the right people were in place, had done substantial
> amounts (some even a ton) of work on it (usability, design,
> implementation) and were ready to move forward. there was
> serious work left to do in the design, followed by development.
> it was just that the parties who would reap all the value of
> this would not support it with what matters: budget. having
> paid for a good part of the design work out of my own pocket,
> that riled me.
> when canonical did a hostile fork of the project, all the able
> people walked away and then there was… (nothing for all I know).
> ps Micheal: desktop, mobile (keys & touch) and tablet are 4 different
> worlds for interaction designers. for your desktop context, you need
> desktop designs.
> [1]
> http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/openprinting/commonprintingdialog
>     --ps
>         designs interaction for creatives +
>         solutions with a wide impact on society
>         teacher, mentor, author, lecturer
>         http://mmiworks.net/peter

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