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RE: XHTML Print and CSS Print comment statement from the Multimod al Interaction WG

From: BIGELOW,JIM (HP-Boise,ex1) <jim.bigelow@hp.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 16:47:28 -0500
Message-ID: <79417AA297C63F4EA33B68AC105464A90156EBC0@xboi22.boise.itc.hp.com>
To: "BURKE,PAUL (HP-Nashua)" <paul.m.burke@hp.com>, www-style@w3.org
Thank you for your comment. It has been assigned issue number 36.
You wrote:

Per request of the Print WG, the following general comments are offered from
the W3C Multimodal Interaction WG on the CSS Print and XHTML Print
specifications. I would suggest that we pick a convenient time (Cannes F2F?
or telecon) to further discuss some of the intricacies involved in printing
from mobile devices.  


Paul Burke




The MultiModal WG recognizes the value of open universal print mechanisms in
support of mobile users in a Multimodal Interaction environment.  We look
forward to seeing these types of facilities emerge in mobile devices and
printers, and look to incorporate this into the general MMI framework. 


While it would be better if other formats besides just XHTML and JPEGs (like
GIF, SVG, PNG etc) were supported, it is recognized that as a universal
print mechanism, XHTML Print and the CSS Print Profile, form the basis of a
cost effective universal print solution for mobile users.



Recognizing that for this to work, the browser will need to snapshot a
resultant filled-in form to capture the form data that will be acquired
using various modes of input, it would be worth discussing this further with
the Print WG to make sure we have all aspects covered.  Specific examples of
discussion include;


*                                    How would Ink traces from a stylus
being used in a multimodal interaction be printed? Example: circle an
origination and destination on a map on a screen;  the system could provide
directions in XHTML, but how would the annotated map be printed?


*                                    Discussion on a scheme to allow an
identifier to be used  to allow post processing of a page.  


*                                    Whereas one of the stated goals of
XHTML Print and the CSS Print Profile is to accommodate "low cost printers",
it would be good to discuss how these print functions would be used in a
context of high end printers in a networked environment.. Examples include
multimodal interaction and then printing tickets, bar codes, maps, pictures
etc. These types of printers might be available in "print kiosks", and would
typically include payment schemes. 


 -- Jim Bigelow, Editor
Received on Wednesday, 4 February 2004 16:47:52 UTC

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