A feasibility study for a Joint European Print Server was completed under project 5011, PREJEPS. The JEPS project builds on this work and aims to develop a printer server for use in a multivendor distributed computing environment.
The server will to be based on recognised software technology and new components. It will cover the whole range of non-impact printers. Total openness of the various components is planned through:
- portability: Unix and C language
- scaleability: from large networks to stand-alone systems
- interoperability: compliance with ISO/ECMA standards
- accessibility: creation of an application programme interface.
Special emphasis will be placed on the support of high-speed printers and their enhanced capabilities, and provision will be made for a smooth migration to the printer server.
Objectives include the definition of the core software, the administration of printer services and access to these by workstations and PC users, development of the application program interface, interoperability of spoolers, and back-ends in the server for printer connection.
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