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PRINTER COALITION PROVES INTERNET PRINTING PROTOCOL.

The Printer Working Group, a coalition of printer and print server vendors, has been testing out the interoperability of the Internet Printing Protocol at Microsoft Corp's Redmond, Washington campus. Sixteen companies, representing printer manufacturers, operating system developers and others jointly tested their implementations of IPP last month. They included Epson, Fuji Xerox, Hewlett-Packard Co, IBM Corp, Lexmark International Inc, Microsoft Corp, Novell Inc, Sun Microsystems Inc, Tektronix Inc and Xerox Corp. Sixteen printers and eight clients were tested, and 124 out of a possible 128 were successful. IPP aims to provide a single interface for interrogating the capabilities and state of a printing system, submitting a print job and monitoring the state of the job over the internet or TCP/IP network. It works through describing the characteristics of a printer within a text file on the printer itself. Users should be able to print to printers anywhere within an organization, regardless of location, and will be able to send print jobs to customers and partners without the need to use email or other distribution methods before documents are printed. Individual clients won't need to be configured for each printer. Operating system vendors will need to support only one driver. Adobe Systems Inc PPD files are similar in concept, but work only on PostScript printers. Microsoft's version is the GPD Generic Printer Description file for Windows NT. The Printer Working group, working within the Internet Engineering Task Force, was originally Novell's idea in the summer of 1996, and turned into a merging of Novell's Lightweight Document Printing Application and IBM's HyperText Printing Protocol (CI No 3,081).
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