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[Bug 640408] a2ps uses Letter paper in Germany if English language was chosen during installation
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  • Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 14:17:33 +0000
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--- Comment #11 from Johannes Meixner <jsmeix@xxxxxxxxxx> 2010-09-22 14:17:32
UTC ---
Not the printers (i.e. the hardware) passes papersize info
to applications but any application can query CUPS (i.e.
any cupsd which is accessible on localhost or via network)
to get the PPD file content for a specific print queue
(and use the user's default print queue as fallback).
The PPD file contains in particular a list of "PageSize" values
and one which is the "DefaultPageSize".

But I wonder if a2ps upstream would like to add CUPS support?

Applications never ever care about printing-related stuff
early enough - i.e. while the user is creating a document
which is meant to be printed later.
If at all applications only query the printing system regarding
printing-related stuff after the user had finished the document
when he wants to get it "just printed right now".
Then it is of course usually too late to layout the document
(and the user's focus of mind is no longer at "layout")
so that the content could fit well into the printable area
of the particular printer or that the nice looking colors
could be distinguishable even on a b/w printer and so on...

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