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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-12-23 21:16:59

Dave Harris wrote:
> In-Reply-To: <cqcjii$hs0$1_at_[hidden]>
> dave_at_[hidden] (David Abrahams) wrote (abridged):
>> That's okay for simple things, but for any serious printing work you
>> need to know you're talking to a printer. For example, you may need to
>> embed postscript in your output stream.
> Not all printers support postscript, so you'd need to know not just that
> you were printing, but what kind of printer it was.

Not on the platforms I used; there was always a way to send the
postscript in such a way as not to interfere with printers that didn't
support it.

> Although there
> probably needs to be some kind of abstraction-busting pass-through
> mechanism, I see it as the exception rather than the rule.

On the platforms where I did this, that mechanism was for the most part
built into the OS.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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