W3C Workshop on High Quality
Printing from the Web,
April 25th '96
This workshop is sponsored by the World Wide
Web Consortium (W3C).
Organizers: Dave Raggett and
With the success of the World Wide Web for online publishing, the time
has now come to focus on improving the quality of printing from the Web.
This one day workshop will draw together participants to identify technical
issues that will enable improved quality of printing. It is intended that
the workshop will lead to the setting up of a W3C subgroup to address these
issues with members drawn from W3C member companies and organizations.
Participants are strongly encouraged to provide position papers on these
or closely related topics in advance of the workshop to be made
publically available via this page on W3C's Web site.
Position papers should be submitted in HTML by email to Susan Hardy at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Where possible you may
submit a URL for the document instead of the document itself.
- Printing for JSTOR by
Spencer W. Thomas
- Established in August 1995, JSTOR is an independent not-for-profit
organization created with the assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
to help the scholarly community take advantage of advances in information
technology. In pursuing this mission, JSTOR has adopted a system-wide
perspective, taking into account the sometimes conflicting needs of scholars,
libraries and publishers.
- ISBU/FTP Software Inc.
by Harald Skardal
- Brief summary of FTP Software's interest in printing from the Web.
- Paperless Society a Myth
by Hal Schectman
- Discussion of why we do not actually have a paperless society.
- Micro Type Express: Lossless Font
Compression Technology by Greg
- MicroType Express is a lossless, on-the-fly compression technology for
TrueType and Type 1 fonts that helps reduce character file size and ensure
character fidelity and quality.
- 1996, Gutenberg, And the Revenge of Movable
Type by B.C. Krishna
- At FutureTense, Inc., we have been developing a Web publishing tool
called FutureTense Texture. Texture has two parts: a Win32 (Mac to follow)
authoring tool and a Java-based viewer.
- PANOSE: An Ideal Typeface
Matching System for the Web by Robert
Stevahn, Hewlett-Packard Company
- PANOSE is the industry-standard font classification and matching system.
It greatly reduces many of the font replacement problems arising from missing
fonts and incompatible font names, particularly in cross-platform
environments. PANOSE is used by many popular software vendors. PANOSE
Partners include Lotus, Corel and Adobe.
PANOSE is particularly well suited to the World Wide Web, given the Web's
emphasis on flexibility in document display, rather than on strict document
layout conformance. PANOSE is now owned by Hewlett Packard Co., as a result
of its recent acquisition of ElseWare Corp. While PANOSE is currently a
commercial standard, HP is actively working to place it into the hands of an
appropriate standards body.
- Font Delivery for HTML Documents by
- As the audience on the Web grows to include more commercial activity and
present information in a more visual context, the use of type as a visual
element needs to be supported. While the initial response to a need for
better typographic support has focused around compression, a better
understanding of what the real Web needs are, where emerging technologies
have stumbled in the past with regard to type, and where the work needs to be
implemented for robust Web based type solutions indicates that cooperative
efforts need to be established to attain the goal of easy to access and
visually appealing information on the web.
- Optimizing Printing Output For the Web
by Andrew Mutz,
Ho John Lee, Hewlett-Packard Company
- We propose an extension to HTTP content negotiation based on the intended
output device. This would allow output to be tailored for display versus
printing, based on information about the client environment such as color,
resolution, and output size. Different printing scenarios could be
implemented, ranging from simple schemes providing display pages and
printable pages, up through more complex schemes in which the server performs
all rendering and simply transmits formatted bits to the client.
- HTML Layout Extensions by
Sylvan Butler and
Roberta MacMillan, Hewlett-Packard
- Looking at the layout effects possible with contemporary desktop
publishing applications can be rather overwhelming. While much of what exists
is far beyond the current capability of HTML, or the needs of the majority of
web publishers, there are some effects which are frequently needed and
obviously lacking in the creations of web authors today.
This document is a discussion of features culled from the layouts of many
current web and printed pages. It is not meant to be a complete proposal or
specification. It is meant to stimulate discussion into areas where
improvements can and need to be made.
- Internet and Intranet Printing by
- Internet Printing is a broad subject that touches on all aspects of the
printing experience for devices attached to the internet or to an intranet.
Falling under this large category are such diverse printing topics as Web
pages, documents, Web enabled applications, User Agent features, printer
selection, control, and status, server side printing, document interchange,
and service bureau printing. Many print features are strictly the purview of
the User Agent (UA). This document will concentrate on Internet trends and
the other half of the quality printing equation: authoring considerations.
It will discuss features and methodologies to be made available to the
publishers of material that may ultimately be printed from the internet.
A separate paper, provides more details on the HTML extensions proposed.
- A position paper on
typographic integration of HTML by Leslie
- Quality Printing on the Web by
Stephen Zilles, Adobe
- There are many issues involved with printing documents available on the
Web. In this statement, I only wish to address two of the major issues: a
media type for resolution independent graphcs and fonts. Adobe Systems
believes HTML and the Portable Document Format (PDF) are complementary. A
good example of the synergistic relationship possible between HTML and PDF is
using PDF for graphical objects within HTML documents. The case for PDF as a
media type for graphics in HTML is presented in the second section of this
- Towards Quality Printing of Web Documents by
Brad Chase, Bitstream Inc.
- Over the past year, Bitstream has been working closely with industry
leaders to resolve the problems of formatting, displaying, and printing web
documents. This work, combined with Bitstream's experience in the font and
printing industries has led to a number of insights in the areas of fonts,
style sheets, and media types.
- A Modest Proposal to Make Web Printing More Satisfying
by John C. Thomas
- Since I find it easier to read long textual documents from a printed page
than from my workstation screen, I find myself reaching for the "Print"
button in my favorite web browser any time a document must be scrolled more
than a few times. This becomes inconvenient, however, if the document has
many HyperText links, since the document tree must be manually traversed. The
"[Next]" link which is beginning to appear on web pages from some of the more
professionally administered web sites is only a partial solution. The tool I
want is an interactive web crawler which retrieves, indexes and prints a
document and any linked documents out to some predefined sphere of context.
- Electronic Publishing by Sumner M. Saitz < email@example.com>.
- Harlequin as a leader in high-quality electronic printing would like to
collaborate with other members of the W3C to develop open standards and
solutions to the rapidly growing demands of the Web community.
- Proposal for a Standard Color Space for the
- HP and Microsoft propose the addition of support for a standard color
space within the Microsoft OS's, HP products and the Internet. The aim of
this color space is to complement the current color management strategies by
enabling a third method of handling color in the OS's and the Internet that
utilizes a simple and robust device independent color definition that will
provide good quality with minimum transmission and system overhead. Based on
a colorimetric RGB color space well suited to CRT monitors, television,
scanners, digital cameras, and printing systems, such a space can be
supported with minimum cost to software and hardware vendors. Our intent here
is to promote its adoption by showing the benefits of supporting a standard
color space, the suitability of the standard color space we are proposing, and
describe some of the system issues and propose a methodology for its
implementation on the Web.
- Proposal for Font Embedding on the WWW
by Andrew Pennock
- a high-level proposal for embedding fonts in HTML documents on the
World Wide Web. Clients interact with platform-specific services (called
"embedding services" in this document) that provide much of the
Content Negotiation - what additional features needed for printing
Style sheets - what additional features are needed for printing
Fonts - naming/matching, formats, subsetting and licensing
Printing collections of Web pages, e.g. brochures, personalized
newspapers, and reports (existing browsers only let you print
the current page)
New media types - e.g. the Web currently lacks wide support
for resolution independent drawing formats
Continental Breakfast at 8:30 am. Meeting begins at 9 am
and ends 5pm, lunch included.
MIT Faculty Club
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
Information on the workshop will be provided via the Web.
Please fill in our
Note that you will need to make your own hotel reservation.
Local Area Hotels:
SPECIAL NOTE: Please make reservations as soon as possible.
Hotel availablity in Boston during the month of April is scarce.
Two Cambridge Center
Cambridge MA 02142
Ten minute walking distance to meeting site.
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
Approximately 1.5 miles from the meeting site.
5 Cambridge Parkway
Cambridge, MA 02142
Approximately half mile from the meeting site.