[Openicc] GoSoC 2011... Summary Pane

Michael Sweet msweet at apple.com
Wed May 11 23:21:10 PDT 2011

On May 11, 2011, at 11:13 PM, Jan-Peter Homann wrote:
> Hello all,
> if we are printing under Mac OS X with applications based printer color management, we would need a summary pane, which would talk with both to application and the printer drivers and pulls the configurations settings from both.
> Furthermore, the OS functions for the summary pane should provide an interface that developers of applications and printer drivers can validate, that the exchange of settings functions proper.
> Does the Mac OSX summary pane delivers such functionalities for developers ?

Yes, the PDE plug-in interface includes a summary method that allows a plugin (from the printer driver, printing system, or the application) to supply information to display in the summary pane.

However, I would caution against providing any plug-in interface on Linux due to the number of architectures involved. Better to focus on creating a good system interface that doesn't depend on an application or printer driver to provide the color management infrastructure...

> Best regards
> Jan-Peter
> Am 12.05.11 06:02, schrieb Michael Sweet:
>> On May 11, 2011, at 6:06 PM, Chris Murphy wrote:
>>>> ...
>>>> This is where you could have UI to show all of the print job settings including the device profile that will be used (if any). In Mac OS X we have the "Summary" pane...
>>> The summary's limited scope means it regularly fails to inform the user what's going to happen. Setting aside any complaints about malformed print drivers doing the wrong thing, the UI will tell me that ColorSync is going to be used when it certainly should not be, and also tells me it will be used when it isn't. So I find the Color Matching summary to be intermittently misleading and thus useless.
>> I assume you've filed bugs about this behavior?!?  I'm not aware of any reported issues with the summary information, but we do intend for it to be accurate.
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