[Printing-architecture] Automatic printer setup with Printer Applications
msweet at msweet.org
Wed Feb 24 14:17:08 UTC 2021
> On Feb 23, 2021, at 2:27 PM, Till Kamppeter <till.kamppeter at gmail.com> wrote:
> one important feature for a good user experience with printing is the automatic setup of printers. at least locally connected (USB) printers either when they get plugged in and turned on or when their Printer Application gets installed and started.
I'm torn on this, as nearly all currently shipping printers support AirPrint and/or IPP Everywhere. There are still a couple outliers in the desktop printing arena at the very low end (!) but mobile (Android, iOS, iPadOS), ChromeOS, macOS, and Windows 10 have driven vendors to support the standards we've been working so hard on for the past 20+ years. So that leaves supporting "legacy" printers for people that haven't bought a new printer in 10 years as well as special-use printers like the Epson/HP/Canon large format inkjets and the various label printers (which are starting to come around...)
Right now, the *expected* behavior is that the user has a compatible IPP printer and they don't need any special software for it. The *exception* is that a user has a printer that needs extra software. And setting up a printer (with whatever software) is not a common occurrence for most people - ordinary users do not operate a printer testing lab or go out to buy every new printer that comes out.
So I'm not thinking we need to go out of our way to engineer an efficient solution for adding a printer, and as Solomon notes I doubt we have enough information to make such a solution work.
Probably the best approach is to build a "registry" of manufacturers and command sets that each printer application supports. Then when a printer is connected or discovered, the desktop tool can:
IPP Everywhere Printer? ---> YES, we are done
< Which Printer Application(s) supports this manufacturer or command-set? >
Is the Printer Application installed? --> YES, do auto-add
Does the user want to install the Printer Application? --> YES, install and auto-add
Cry in beer
Note: I am fully aware that in the photo/art printing arena there are people that will still want to use Gutenprint or other special purpose software rather than the standard IPP interface - that's fine, and that is what the Printer Application is for in the long term. But those users are "experts" and will know how to install the application and configure it for their printer.
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