[Kde-print-devel] [Bug 113263] Better accessible printer driver settings

Kurt Pfeifle pfeifle at kde.org
Wed Jan 10 20:25:24 CET 2007

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------- Additional Comments From pfeifle kde org  2007-01-10 20:25 -------

printing is a very complicated matter -- on all platforms.

You don't need to go into the scary KCM module to configure your printer setting defaults. Just start "kprinter" (or click on the "Print" icon of a KDE application) and driver settings are accessible immediately after clicking "Properties". (Yes, again some scary tabs...)

I honestly can't think of a much better way (one reason, but not the only, is that new users very likely are already "used" to this, because it is similar to how Windows does it).

"Better accessible printer driver settings" by putting them onto the front of the print dialog will very much overload and bloat that dialog (and we'll have more bug reports and complaints about that fact). And if *every* single application makes its own settings "better accessible" by putting them directly under users' noses, everyone will loose (and probably nothing will be left of the workspace).

I can't think of a solution. What are your ideas?

If you'd like to contribute to KDE4 print UI designs, please come forward soon. Mockups and detailed ideas written down are welcome.

If I don't hear from you before Feb 1, 2007, we might close this report. (We won't forget about it -- we already know that we want to improve every aspect of KDEPrint in KDE4, but we also are short of people doing work.... so in the end, there may be not much change to KDE printing when KDE4 comes out).


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