automated printing in KDE

Kurt Pfeifle kpfeifle at
Mon Feb 3 19:09:00 GMT 2003

George Staikos wrote:
> On Monday 03 February 2003 10:05, Kurt Pfeifle wrote:
>>George Staikos wrote:
>>>On Monday 03 February 2003 05:55, David Faure wrote:
>>>>In KOffice we added a DCOP call "print( bool quick )",
>>>>where quick=true means "use default printer, don't show dialog box".
>>>>What about we do the same in khtml's DCOP interface?
>>>>Please test the attached patch.
>>>  Great!  It's good to see this propagating.  :-)
>>>  Other developers:  Please add this to your apps too!!  You can also
>>>make a konqueror/kfm "quickprint" menu entry.  Have a look at
>>>koffice/tools/quickprint for example .desktop files.
>>This is something which I had suggested already more than a year
>>ago. It was rejected at the time on the argument that "Microsoft
>>does it, and does it not well".
>>True -- Microsoft does it badly, f.e. in "Word". There the "quickprint"
>>button/menu entry is not distinguishable from the "normal" printing
>>(where you get the dialog, can select printer, etc.)
>>Please make sure that the two print options *do* distinguish
>>in their names and in their icons -- and all is well!
>   I think you misunderstand.


> This adds a menu entry to the context menu in 
> kfm/konqueror so that you can print files without having to launch the 
> application which views them.  It makes it quick to print files while 
> browsing directories, by launching the print dialog and asking the app to 
> silently print it (without showing a mainwindow).

That's good too.

>   Quickprint within an application could certainly be confusing.

Not if done right. (And not more confusing than the quickprint
you describe above.).

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