> From: Stefan Monnier <monnier@iro....>
> Cc: michael@eleh..., emacs-devel@gnu.... > Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 21:56:51 -0400
> >> The second problem is less important to the extent that it only affects
> >> proprietary operating systems, AFAIK, and it can be solved by installing
> >> additional Free Software (mostly Ghostscript).
> > The second problem is simply irrelevant: if the printer supports
> > PostScript, the OS is not important, because all modern OSs support
> > PostScript printers.
> By "the system" I mean "the hardware & OS on which Emacs runs".
> For Emacs to be able to print, the system (either the printer or some
> part of the software) needs to support Postscript.
> Printers that don't understand Postscript are still pretty common,
> AFAIK. And Windows doesn't provide Postscript support for
> non-Postscript printers unless you install ghostscript. So it's
> not irrelevant.
I hope you are not saying that ps-print machinery is the only way
Emacs will be able to print in the future, i.e. rely on PostScript
support of the OS infrastructure. Because if you do, the history of
that until today should tell us this is not necessarily a good idea.