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Old 09-24-2007, 06:22 AM   #1
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Default WinXP Printer Drivers

After the long discussions on Adobe Acrobat, I looked at the printer list on my new WinXP computer and learned that I have eight printer drivers. One was a mistake, so I deleted it, but some of the
others are interesting. I have Acrobat Distiller and Acrobat PDF Writer, which work fine.

The two unexpected ones are MS Office Document Image Writer, which produces a MDI extension file, and MS XPS Document Writer.

These two Microsoft printer drivers are are installed along with MS Word 2003. I don't know that I would have a use for them, though.

I tested the four file creating drivers, and found that Distiller was 29Kb, PDF Writer 4Kb, MDI (Image writer) 6 Kb, and XPS, 38Kb.
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I find I have got the image writer and the XPS writer too, though I don't think I downloaded them: they must be a present from Microsoft, which is now pushing the XPS format fairly hard. I've got Word 12 (2007), which uses XPS as its default document format, but I yet to come across a document in that format.

   
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>> I've got Word 12 (2007), which uses XPS as its default document format

XML, not XPS

   
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XML, not XPS
I understood that the XML Paper Specification (XPS) was based on Extensible Markup Language (a sub-set of SGML). Microsoft describes XPS thus:

'The XML Paper Specification (XPS) provides users and developers with a robust, open and trustworthy format for electronic paper. The XML Paper Specification describes electronic paper in a way that can be read by hardware, read by software, and read by people. XPS documents print better, can be shared easier, are more secure and can be archived with confidence. The XML Paper Specification itself is platform independent, openly published, and available royalty-free and Microsoft has integrated XPS-based technologies into Microsoft Windows Vista operating system and the 2007 Microsoft Office system. Microsoft brings additional document value to its customers, partners, and the computing industry through the XPS-based technologies.'

But I admit that 'ich verstehe nur "Bahnhof" '.

   
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