Re: Some 2.6 thinking

On Tue, 2004-04-13 at 16:25, Jody Goldberg wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 13, 2004 at 07:29:09PM +0800, James Henstridge wrote:
> > Damon Chaplin wrote:
> > 
> > >But GTK+ doesn't have a cross-platform printing architecture, which I
> > >think is almost essential. I suppose a cross-platform sound API is
> > >needed as well. I think Qt has both.
> > > 
> > >
> > As far as printing goes, Cairo has a postscript backend (among others) 
> > which would fill the role of creating spool files.  What it doesn't 
> > cover is a way to send those spool files to the printer.
> The FSG's papi api with existing wrapper to ipp/cups seems like a
> good target for 'how to get the spool files to a printier'.
> Unfortunately cairo's postscript backend is not exactly useful just
> yet.  It currently rasterizes then ships the result as postscript ...
> Beyond making for really large files, it also precludes doing smart
> filtering ala gimp-print.

It also has the same problem as gnome-print doesn't it, i.e. it can't
handle Unicode text properly and needs to integrate with Pango or
something to do proper layout.


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