[Development] qt and printing
jlayt at kde.org
Sat Feb 18 15:53:41 CET 2012
On Friday 17 Feb 2012 15:28:49 Francesco R. wrote:
> Could you (as somebody involved in qt5 planning or development) clarify
> what the plan are for printing functionality, managment or whatever?
I'm the new community maintainer for printing support in Qt, so I can fill you
in on some of my plans. You can find a more detailed description on my blog
As Lars has explained, the Qt4 print module has been cleaned up a little in
Qt5 but we do not plan to add any new features to this code in the future.
Instead we are planning a new module for 5.1 or 5.2 that conforms to modern
printing standards and features. However that is a long time for KDE4 apps to
wait for the missing features and bug fixes.
My current work plan is to complete the last few localisation features needed
for Qt 5.0, then to move on to a bug triage on the QPrintSupport module to get
it ready for 5.0. The bug fixes here will where possible be back-ported to Qt
4.8. For example, I really want to get the CUPS settings bug fixes in to 4.8.
Once that work is done, I plan to fork off a Qt4 version of QPrintSupport and
apply on top of it my old patches for adding many of the currently missing
features. Once that is stabilised I'll release it as an interim experimental
print library that KDE4 apps can use if they want.
>From there I plan to start working on the new print module, which we will hold
design session for at the next Qt Contributors Summit. Hopefully it will be
ready for Qt 5.1 and so the first full release of KDE Frameworks 5.
I hope that answers a few of your questions.
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