Network Working Group R. deBry Request for Comments: 2566 Utah Valley State College Category: Experimental T. Hastings Xerox Corporation R. Herriot Xerox Corporation S. Isaacson Novell, Inc. P. Powell Astart Technologies April 1999 Internet Printing Protocol/1.0: Model and Semantics Status of this Memo This memo defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Discussion and suggestions for improvement are requested. Distribution of this memo is unlimited. Copyright Notice Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1999). All Rights Reserved. IESG Note This document defines an Experimental protocol for the Internet community. The IESG expects that a revised version of this protocol will be published as Proposed Standard protocol. The Proposed Standard, when published, is expected to change from the protocol defined in this memo. In particular, it is expected that the standards-track version of the protocol will incorporate strong authentication and privacy features, and that an "ipp:" URL type will be defined which supports those security measures. Other changes to the protocol are also possible. Implementors are warned that future versions of this protocol may not interoperate with the version of IPP defined in this document, or if they do interoperate, that some protocol features may not be available. The IESG encourages experimentation with this protocol, especially in combination with Transport Layer Security (TLS) [RFC 2246], to help determine how TLS may effectively be used as a security layer for IPP.
Abstract This document is one of a set of documents, which together describe all aspects of a new Internet Printing Protocol (IPP). IPP is an application level protocol that can be used for distributed printing using Internet tools and technologies. This document describes a simplified model consisting of abstract objects, their attributes, and their operations that is independent of encoding and transport. The model consists of a Printer and a Job object. A Job optionally supports multiple documents. IPP 1.0 semantics allow end-users and operators to query printer capabilities, submit print jobs, inquire about the status of print jobs and printers, and cancel print jobs. This document also addresses security, internationalization, and directory issues. The full set of IPP documents includes: Design Goals for an Internet Printing Protocol [RFC2567] Rationale for the Structure and Model and Protocol for the Internet Printing Protocol [RFC2568] Internet Printing Protocol/1.0: Model and Semantics (this document) Internet Printing Protocol/1.0: Encoding and Transport [RFC2565] Internet Printing Protocol/1.0: Implementer's Guide [ipp-iig] Mapping between LPD and IPP Protocols [RFC2569] The "Design Goals for an Internet Printing Protocol" document takes a broad look at distributed printing functionality, and it enumerates real-life scenarios that help to clarify the features that need to be included in a printing protocol for the Internet. It identifies requirements for three types of users: end users, operators, and administrators. It calls out a subset of end user requirements that are satisfied in IPP/1.0. Operator and administrator requirements are out of scope for version 1.0. The "Rationale for the Structure and Model and Protocol for the Internet Printing Protocol" document describes IPP from a high level view, defines a roadmap for the various documents that form the suite of IPP specifications, and gives background and rationale for the IETF working group's major decisions. The "Internet Printing Protocol/1.0: Encoding and Transport" document is a formal mapping of the abstract operations and attributes defined in the model document onto HTTP/1.1. It defines the encoding rules for a new Internet media type called "application/ipp". The "Internet Printing Protocol/1.0: Implementer's Guide" document gives insight and advice to implementers of IPP clients and IPP objects. It is intended to help them understand IPP/1.0 and some of
the considerations that may assist them in the design of their client and/or IPP object implementations. For example, a typical order of processing requests is given, including error checking. Motivation for some of the specification decisions is also included. The "Mapping between LPD and IPP Protocols" document gives some advice to implementers of gateways between IPP and LPD (Line Printer Daemon) implementations. Table of Contents 1. Introduction 8 1.1 Simplified Printing Model 9 2. IPP Objects 11 2.1 Printer Object 12 2.2 Job Object 14 2.3 Object Relationships 14 2.4 Object Identity 15 3. IPP Operations 18 3.1 Common Semantics 19 3.1.1 Required Parameters 19 3.1.2 Operation IDs and Request IDs 20 3.1.3 Attributes 20 3.1.4 Character Set and Natural Language Operation Attributes 22 126.96.36.199 Request Operation Attributes 22 188.8.131.52 Response Operation Attributes 26 3.1.5 Operation Targets 28 3.1.6 Operation Status Codes and Messages 29 3.1.7 Versions 30 3.1.8 Job Creation Operations 32 3.2 Printer Operations 34 3.2.1 Print-Job Operation 34 184.108.40.206 Print-Job Request 34 220.127.116.11 Print-Job Response 38 3.2.2 Print-URI Operation 41 3.2.3 Validate-Job Operation 42 3.2.4 Create-Job Operation 42 3.2.5 Get-Printer-Attributes Operation 43 18.104.22.168 Get-Printer-Attributes Request 44 22.214.171.124 Get-Printer-Attributes Response 46 3.2.6 Get-Jobs Operation 47 126.96.36.199 Get-Jobs Request 47 188.8.131.52 Get-Jobs Response 49 3.3 Job Operations 50 3.3.1 Send-Document Operation 50 184.108.40.206 Send-Document Request 51 220.127.116.11 Send-Document Response 53 3.3.2 Send-URI Operation 54
3.3.3 Cancel-Job Operation 54 18.104.22.168 Cancel-Job Request 54 22.214.171.124 Cancel-Job Response 55 3.3.4 Get-Job-Attributes Operation 56 126.96.36.199 Get-Job-Attributes Request 57 188.8.131.52 Get-Job-Attributes Response 57 4. Object Attributes 58 4.1 Attribute Syntaxes 59 4.1.1 'text' 60 184.108.40.206 'textWithoutLanguage' 61 220.127.116.11 'textWithLanguage' 61 4.1.2 'name' 62 18.104.22.168 'nameWithoutLanguage' 62 22.214.171.124 'nameWithLanguage' 63 126.96.36.199 Matching 'name' attribute values 63 4.1.3 'keyword' 64 4.1.4 'enum' 65 4.1.5 'uri' 65 4.1.6 'uriScheme' 65 4.1.7 'charset' 66 4.1.8 'naturalLanguage' 67 4.1.9 'mimeMediaType' 67 4.1.10 'octetString' 69 4.1.11 'boolean' 69 4.1.12 'integer' 69 4.1.13 'rangeOfInteger' 69 4.1.14 'dateTime' 69 4.1.15 'resolution' 69 4.1.16 '1setOf X' 70 4.2 Job Template Attributes 70 4.2.1 job-priority (integer(1:100)) 74 4.2.2 job-hold-until (type3 keyword | name (MAX)) 75 4.2.3 job-sheets (type3 keyword | name(MAX)) 75 4.2.4 multiple-document-handling (type2 keyword) 76 4.2.5 copies (integer(1:MAX)) 77 4.2.6 finishings (1setOf type2 enum) 78 4.2.7 page-ranges (1setOf rangeOfInteger (1:MAX)) 79 4.2.8 sides (type2 keyword) 80 4.2.9 number-up (integer(1:MAX)) 80 4.2.10 orientation-requested (type2 enum) 81 4.2.11 media (type3 keyword | name(MAX)) 82 4.2.12 printer-resolution (resolution) 83 4.2.13 print-quality (type2 enum) 83 4.3 Job Description Attributes 84 4.3.1 job-uri (uri) 85 4.3.2 job-id (integer(1:MAX)) 85 4.3.3 job-printer-uri (uri) 86 4.3.4 job-more-info (uri) 86
4.3.5 job-name (name(MAX)) 86 4.3.6 job-originating-user-name (name(MAX)) 86 4.3.7 job-state (type1 enum) 87 4.3.8 job-state-reasons (1setOf type2 keyword) 90 4.3.9 job-state-message (text(MAX)) 92 4.3.10 number-of-documents (integer(0:MAX)) 93 4.3.11 output-device-assigned (name(127)) 93 4.3.12 time-at-creation (integer(0:MAX)) 93 4.3.13 time-at-processing (integer(0:MAX)) 93 4.3.14 time-at-completed (integer(0:MAX)) 94 4.3.15 number-of-intervening-jobs (integer(0:MAX)) 94 4.3.16 job-message-from-operator (text(127)) 94 4.3.17 job-k-octets (integer(0:MAX)) 94 4.3.18 job-impressions (integer(0:MAX)) 95 4.3.19 job-media-sheets (integer(0:MAX)) 95 4.3.20 job-k-octets-processed (integer(0:MAX)) 96 4.3.21 job-impressions-completed (integer(0:MAX)) 96 4.3.22 job-media-sheets-completed (integer(0:MAX)) 96 4.3.23 attributes-charset (charset) 97 4.3.24 attributes-natural-language (naturalLanguage) 97 4.4 Printer Description Attributes 97 4.4.1 printer-uri-supported (1setOf uri) 99 4.4.2 uri-security-supported (1setOf type2 keyword) 100 4.4.3 printer-name (name(127)) 101 4.4.4 printer-location (text(127)) 101 4.4.5 printer-info (text(127)) 101 4.4.6 printer-more-info (uri) 101 4.4.7 printer-driver-installer (uri) 102 4.4.8 printer-make-and-model (text(127)) 102 4.4.9 printer-more-info-manufacturer (uri) 102 4.4.10 printer-state (type1 enum) 102 4.4.11 printer-state-reasons (1setOf type2 keyword) 103 4.4.12 printer-state-message (text(MAX)) 106 4.4.13 operations-supported (1setOf type2 enum) 106 4.4.14 charset-configured (charset) 107 4.4.15 charset-supported (1setOf charset) 107 4.4.16 natural-language-configured (naturalLanguage) 107 4.4.17 generated-natural-language-supported(1setOf naturalLanguage 108 4.4.18 document-format-default (mimeMediaType) 108 4.4.19 document-format-supported (1setOf mimeMediaType) 108 4.4.20 printer-is-accepting-jobs (boolean) 109 4.4.21 queued-job-count (integer(0:MAX)) 109 4.4.22 printer-message-from-operator (text(127)) 109 4.4.23 color-supported (boolean) 109 4.4.24 reference-uri-schemes-supported (1setOf uriScheme) 109 4.4.25 pdl-override-supported (type2 keyword) 110 4.4.26 printer-up-time (integer(1:MAX)) 110 4.4.27 printer-current-time (dateTime) 111
4.4.28 multiple-operation-time-out (integer(1:MAX)) 111 4.4.29 compression-supported (1setOf type3 keyword) 111 4.4.30 job-k-octets-supported (rangeOfInteger(0:MAX)) 112 4.4.31 job-impressions-supported (rangeOfInteger(0:MAX)) 112 4.4.32 job-media-sheets-supported (rangeOfInteger(0:MAX)) 112 5. Conformance 112 5.1 Client Conformance Requirements 112 5.2 IPP Object Conformance Requirements 113 5.2.1 Objects 113 5.2.2 Operations 113 5.2.3 IPP Object Attributes 114 5.2.4 Extensions 114 5.2.5 Attribute Syntaxes 115 5.3 Charset and Natural Language Requirements 115 5.4 Security Conformance Requirements 115 6. IANA Considerations (registered and private extensions) 116 6.1 Typed 'keyword' and 'enum' Extensions 116 6.2 Attribute Extensibility 119 6.3 Attribute Syntax Extensibility 119 6.4 Operation Extensibility 120 6.5 Attribute Groups 120 6.6 Status Code Extensibility 120 6.7 Registration of MIME types/sub-types for document-formats 121 6.8 Registration of charsets for use in 'charset' attribute values 121 7. Internationalization Considerations 121 8. Security Considerations 125 8.1 Security Scenarios 126 8.1.1 Client and Server in the Same Security Domain 126 8.1.2 Client and Server in Different Security Domains 126 8.1.3 Print by Reference 127 8.2 URIs for SSL3 and non-SSL3 Access 127 8.3 The "requesting-user-name" (name(MAX)) Operation Attribute 127 8.4 Restricted Queries 129 8.5 Queries on jobs submitted using non-IPP protocols 129 8.6 IPP Security Application Profile for SSL3 130 9. References 131 10. Authors' Addresses 134 11. Formats for IPP Registration Proposals 136 11.1 Type2 keyword attribute values registration 136 11.2 Type3 keyword attribute values registration 137 11.3 Type2 enum attribute values registration 137 11.4 Type3 enum attribute values registration 137 11.5 Attribute registration 138 11.6 Attribute Syntax registration 138 11.7 Operation registration 139 11.8 Attribute Group registration 139 11.9 Status code registration 139 12. APPENDIX A: Terminology 141
12.1 Conformance Terminology 141 12.1.1 NEED NOT 141 12.2 Model Terminology 141 12.2.1 Keyword 141 12.2.2 Attributes 141 188.8.131.52 Attribute Name 141 184.108.40.206 Attribute Group Name 142 220.127.116.11 Attribute Value 142 18.104.22.168 Attribute Syntax 142 12.2.3 Supports 142 12.2.4 print-stream page 144 12.2.5 impression 144 13. APPENDIX B: Status Codes and Suggested Status Code Messages 145 13.1 Status Codes 146 13.1.1 Informational 146 13.1.2 Successful Status Codes 146 22.214.171.124 successful-ok (0x0000) 146 126.96.36.199 successful-ok-ignored-or-substituted-attributes (0x0001) 146 188.8.131.52 successful-ok-conflicting-attributes (0x0002) 147 13.1.3 Redirection Status Codes 147 13.1.4 Client Error Status Codes 147 184.108.40.206 client-error-bad-request (0x0400) 147 220.127.116.11 client-error-forbidden (0x0401) 147 18.104.22.168 client-error-not-authenticated (0x0402) 148 22.214.171.124 client-error-not-authorized (0x0403) 148 126.96.36.199 client-error-not-possible (0x0404) 148 188.8.131.52 client-error-timeout (0x0405) 148 184.108.40.206 client-error-not-found (0x0406) 149 220.127.116.11 client-error-gone (0x0407) 149 18.104.22.168 client-error-request-entity-too-large (0x0408) 149 22.214.171.124 client-error-request-value-too-long (0x0409) 150 126.96.36.199 client-error-document-format-not-supported (0x040A) 150 188.8.131.52 client-error-attributes-or-values-not-supported (0x040B) 150 184.108.40.206 client-error-uri-scheme-not-supported (0x040C) 151 220.127.116.11 client-error-charset-not-supported (0x040D) 151 18.104.22.168 client-error-conflicting-attributes (0x040E) 151 13.1.5 Server Error Status Codes 151 22.214.171.124 server-error-internal-error (0x0500) 151 126.96.36.199 server-error-operation-not-supported (0x0501) 152 188.8.131.52 server-error-service-unavailable (0x0502) 152 184.108.40.206 server-error-version-not-supported (0x0503) 152 220.127.116.11 server-error-device-error (0x0504) 152 18.104.22.168 server-error-temporary-error (0x0505) 153 22.214.171.124 server-error-not-accepting-jobs (0x0506) 153 126.96.36.199 server-error-busy (0x0507) 153 188.8.131.52 server-error-job-canceled (0x0508) 153 13.2 Status Codes for IPP Operations 153 14. APPENDIX C: "media" keyword values 155
15. APPENDIX D: Processing IPP Attributes 160 15.1 Fidelity 160 15.2 Page Description Language (PDL) Override 161 15.3 Using Job Template Attributes During Document Processing. 163 16. APPENDIX E: Generic Directory Schema 166 17. APPENDIX F: Change History for the Model and Semantics document 168 18. FULL COPYRIGHT STATEMENT 173 1. Introduction The Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) is an application level protocol that can be used for distributed printing using Internet tools and technologies. IPP version 1.0 (IPP/1.0) focuses only on end user functionality. This document is just one of a suite of documents that fully define IPP. The full set of IPP documents includes: Design Goals for an Internet Printing Protocol [RFC2567] Rationale for the Structure and Model and Protocol for the Internet Printing Protocol [RFC2568] Internet Printing Protocol/1.0: Model and Semantics (this document) Internet Printing Protocol/1.0: Encoding and Transport [RFC2565] Internet Printing Protocol/1.0: Implementer's Guide [ipp-iig] Mapping between LPD and IPP Protocols [RFC2569] Anyone reading these documents for the first time is strongly encouraged to read the IPP documents in the above order. This document is laid out as follows: - The rest of Section 1 is an introduction to the IPP simplified model for distributed printing. - Section 2 introduces the object types covered in the model with their basic behaviors, attributes, and interactions. - Section 3 defines the operations included in IPP/1.0. IPP operations are synchronous, therefore, for each operation, there is a both request and a response. - Section 4 defines the attributes (and their syntaxes) that are used in the model. - Sections 5 - 6 summarizes the implementation conformance requirements for objects that support the protocol and IANA considerations, respectively. - Sections 7 - 11 cover the Internationalization and Security considerations as well as References, Author contact information, and Formats for Registration Proposals. - Sections 12 - 14 are appendices that cover Terminology, Status Codes and Messages, and "media" keyword values.
Note: This document uses terms such as "attributes", "keywords", and "support". These terms have special meaning and are defined in the model terminology section 12.2. Capitalized terms, such as MUST, MUST NOT, REQUIRED, SHOULD, SHOULD NOT, MAY, NEED NOT, and OPTIONAL, have special meaning relating to conformance. These terms are defined in section 12.1 on conformance terminology, most of which is taken from RFC 2119 [RFC2119]. - Section 15 is an appendix that helps to clarify the effects of interactions between related attributes and their values. - Section 16 is an appendix that enumerates the subset of Printer attributes that form a generic directory schema. These attributes are useful when registering a Printer so that a client can find the Printer not just by name, but by filtered searches as well. - Section 17 is an appendix that provides a Change History summarizing the clarification and changes that might affect an implementation since the June 30, 1998 draft. 1.1 Simplified Printing Model In order to achieve its goal of realizing a workable printing protocol for the Internet, the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) is based on a simplified printing model that abstracts the many components of real world printing solutions. The Internet is a distributed computing environment where requesters of print services (clients, applications, printer drivers, etc.) cooperate and interact with print service providers. This model and semantics document describes a simple, abstract model for IPP even though the underlying configurations may be complex "n-tier" client/server systems. An important simplifying step in the IPP model is to expose only the key objects and interfaces required for printing. The model described in this model document does not include features, interfaces, and relationships that are beyond the scope of the first version of IPP (IPP/1.0). IPP/1.0 incorporates many of the relevant ideas and lessons learned from other specification and development efforts [HTPP] [ISO10175] [LDPA] [P1387.4] [PSIS] [RFC1179] [SWP]. IPP is heavily influenced by the printing model introduced in the Document Printing Application (DPA) [ISO10175] standard. Although DPA specifies both end user and administrative features, IPP version 1.0 (IPP/1.0) focuses only on end user functionality. The IPP/1.0 model encapsulates the important components of distributed printing into two object types: - Printer (Section 2.1) - Job (Section 2.2)
Each object type has an associated set of operations (see section 3) and attributes (see section 4). It is important, however, to understand that in real system implementations (which lie underneath the abstracted IPP/1.0 model), there are other components of a print service which are not explicitly defined in the IPP/1.0 model. The following figure illustrates where IPP/1.0 fits with respect to these other components. +--------------+ | Application | o +. . . . . . . | \|/ | Spooler | / \ +. . . . . . . | +---------+ End-User | Print Driver |---| File | +-----------+ +-----+ +------+-------+ +----+----+ | Browser | | GUI | | | +-----+-----+ +--+--+ | | | | | | | +---+------------+---+ | N D S | | IPP Client |------------+ O I E | +---------+----------+ T R C | | I E U | F C R -------------- Transport ------------------ I T I C O T | --+ A R Y +--------+--------+ | T Y | IPP Server | | I +--------+--------+ | O | | N +-----------------+ | IPP Printer | Print Service | | +-----------------+ | | --+ +-----------------+ | Output Device(s)| +-----------------+ An IPP Printer object encapsulates the functions normally associated with physical output devices along with the spooling, scheduling and multiple device management functions often associated with a print server. Printer objects are optionally registered as entries in a directory where end users find and select them based on some sort of filtered and context based searching mechanism (see section 16). The directory is used to store relatively static information about the Printer, allowing end users to search for and find Printers that
match their search criteria, for example: name, context, printer capabilities, etc. The more dynamic information, such as state, currently loaded and ready media, number of jobs at the Printer, errors, warnings, and so forth, is directly associated with the Printer object itself rather than with the entry in the directory which only represents the Printer object. IPP clients implement the IPP protocol on the client side and give end users (or programs running on behalf of end users) the ability to query Printer objects and submit and manage print jobs. An IPP server is just that part of the Printer object that implements the server-side protocol. The rest of the Printer object implements (or gateways into) the application semantics of the print service itself. The Printer objects may be embedded in an output device or may be implemented on a host on the network that communicates with an output device. When a job is submitted to the Printer object and the Printer object validates the attributes in the submission request, the Printer object creates a new Job object. The end user then interacts with this new Job object to query its status and monitor the progress of the job. End users may also cancel the print job by using the Job object's Cancel-Job operation. The notification service is out of scope for IPP/1.0, but using such a notification service, the end user is able to register for and receive Printer specific and Job specific events. An end user can query the status of Printer objects and can follow the progress of Job objects by polling using the Get- Printer-Attributes, Get-Jobs, and Get-Job-Attributes operations. 2. IPP Objects The IPP/1.0 model introduces objects of type Printer and Job. Each type of object models relevant aspects of a real-world entity such as a real printer or real print job. Each object type is defined as a set of possible attributes that may be supported by instances of that object type. For each object (instance), the actual set of supported attributes and values describe a specific implementation. The object's attributes and values describe its state, capabilities, realizable features, job processing functions, and default behaviors and characteristics. For example, the Printer object type is defined as a set of attributes that each Printer object potentially supports. In the same manner, the Job object type is defined as a set of attributes that are potentially supported by each Job object. Each attribute included in the set of attributes defining an object type is labeled as:
- "REQUIRED": each object MUST support the attribute. - "OPTIONAL": each object MAY support the attribute. There is no such similar labeling of attribute values. However, if an implementation supports an attribute, it MUST support at least one of the possible values for that attribute. 2.1 Printer Object The major component of the IPP/1.0 model is the Printer object. A Printer object implements the server-side of the IPP/1.0 protocol. Using the protocol, end users may query the attributes of the Printer object and submit print jobs to the Printer object. The actual implementation components behind the Printer abstraction may take on different forms and different configurations. However, the model abstraction allows the details of the configuration of real components to remain opaque to the end user. Section 3 describes each of the Printer operations in detail. The capabilities and state of a Printer object are described by its attributes. Printer attributes are divided into two groups: - "job-template" attributes: These attributes describe supported job processing capabilities and defaults for the Printer object. (See section 4.2) - "printer-description" attributes: These attributes describe the Printer object's identification, state, location, references to other sources of information about the Printer object, etc. (see section 4.4) Since a Printer object is an abstraction of a generic document output device and print service provider, a Printer object could be used to represent any real or virtual device with semantics consistent with the Printer object, such as a fax device, an imager, or even a CD writer. Some examples of configurations supporting a Printer object include: 1) An output device with no spooling capabilities 2) An output device with a built-in spooler 3) A print server supporting IPP with one or more associated output devices 3a) The associated output devices may or may not be capable of spooling jobs 3b) The associated output devices may or may not support IPP
The following figures show some examples of how Printer objects can be realized on top of various distributed printing configurations. The embedded case below represents configurations 1 and 2. The hosted and fan-out figures below represent configurations 3a and 3b. Legend: ##### indicates a Printer object which is either embedded in an output device or is hosted in a server. The Printer object might or might not be capable of queuing/spooling. any indicates any network protocol or direct connect, including IPP embedded printer: output device +---------------+ O +--------+ | ########### | /|\ | client |------------IPP------------># Printer # | / \ +--------+ | # Object # | | ########### | +---------------+ hosted printer: +---------------+ O +--------+ ########### | | /|\ | client |--IPP--># Printer #-any->| output device | / \ +--------+ # Object # | | ########### +---------------+ +---------------+ fan out: | | +-->| output device | any/ | | O +--------+ ########### / +---------------+ /|\ | client |-IPP-># Printer #--* / \ +--------+ # Object # \ +---------------+ ########### any\ | | +-->| output device | | | +---------------+
2.2 Job Object A Job object is used to model a print job. A Job object contains documents. The information required to create a Job object is sent in a create request from the end user via an IPP Client to the Printer object. The Printer object validates the create request, and if the Printer object accepts the request, the Printer object creates the new Job object. Section 3 describes each of the Job operations in detail. The characteristics and state of a Job object are described by its attributes. Job attributes are grouped into two groups as follows: - "job-template" attributes: These attributes can be supplied by the client or end user and include job processing instructions which are intended to override any Printer object defaults and/or instructions embedded within the document data. (See section 4.2) - "job-description" attributes: These attributes describe the Job object's identification, state, size, etc. The client supplies some of these attributes, and the Printer object generates others. (See section 4.3) An implementation MUST support at least one document per Job object. An implementation MAY support multiple documents per Job object. A document is either: - a stream of document data in a format supported by the Printer object (typically a Page Description Language - PDL), or - a reference to such a stream of document data In IPP/1.0, a document is not modeled as an IPP object, therefore it has no object identifier or associated attributes. All job processing instructions are modeled as Job object attributes. These attributes are called Job Template attributes and they apply equally to all documents within a Job object. 2.3 Object Relationships IPP objects have relationships that are maintained persistently along with the persistent storage of the object attributes. A Printer object can represent either one or more physical output devices or a logical device which "processes" jobs but never actually uses a physical output device to put marks on paper. Examples of logical devices include a Web page publisher or a gateway into an online document archive or repository. A Printer object contains zero or more Job objects.
A Job object is contained by exactly one Printer object, however the identical document data associated with a Job object could be sent to either the same or a different Printer object. In this case, a second Job object would be created which would be almost identical to the first Job object, however it would have new (different) Job object identifiers (see section 2.4). A Job object is either empty (before any documents have been added) or contains one or more documents. If the contained document is a stream of document data, that stream can be contained in only one document. However, there can be identical copies of the stream in other documents in the same or different Job objects. If the contained document is just a reference to a stream of document data, other documents (in the same or different Job object(s)) may contain the same reference. 2.4 Object Identity All Printer and Job objects are identified by a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) [RFC2396] so that they can be persistently and unambiguously referenced. The notion of a URI is a useful concept, however, until the notion of URI is more stable (i.e., defined more completely and deployed more widely), it is expected that the URIs used for IPP objects will actually be URLs [RFC2396]. Since every URL is a specialized form of a URI, even though the more generic term URI is used throughout the rest of this document, its usage is intended to cover the more specific notion of URL as well. An administrator configures Printer objects to either support or not support authentication and/or message privacy using SSL3 [SSL] (the mechanism for security configuration is outside the scope of IPP/1.0). In some situations, both types of connections (both authenticated and unauthenticated) can be established using a single communication channel that has some sort of negotiation mechanism. In other situations, multiple communication channels are used, one for each type of security configuration. Section 8 provides a full description of all security considerations and configurations. If a Printer object supports more than one communication channel, some or all of those channels might support and/or require different security mechanisms. In such cases, an administrator could expose the simultaneous support for these multiple communication channels as multiple URIs for a single Printer object where each URI represents one of the communication channels to the Printer object. To support this flexibility, the IPP Printer object type defines a multi-valued identification attribute called the "printer-uri-supported" attribute. It MUST contain at least one URI. It MAY contain more than one URI. That is, every Printer object will have at least one
URI that identifies at least one communication channel to the Printer object, but it may have more than one URI where each URI identifies a different communication channel to the Printer object. The "printer-uri-supported" attribute has a companion attribute, the "uri-security-supported" attribute, that has the same cardinality as "printer-uri-supported". The purpose of the "uri-security-supported" attribute is to indicate the security mechanisms (if any) used for each URI listed in "printer-uri-supported". These two attributes are fully described in sections 4.4.1 and 4.4.2. When a job is submitted to the Printer object via a create request, the client supplies only a single Printer object URI. The client supplied Printer object URI MUST be one of the values in the "printer-uri-supported" Printer attribute. Note: IPP/1.0 does not specify how the client obtains the client supplied URI, but it is RECOMMENDED that a Printer object be registered as an entry in a directory service. End-users and programs can then interrogate the directory searching for Printers. Section 16 defines a generic schema for Printer object entries in the directory service and describes how the entry acts as a bridge to the actual IPP Printer object. The entry in the directory that represents the IPP Printer object includes the possibly many URIs for that Printer object as values in one its attributes. When a client submits a create request to the Printer object, the Printer object validates the request and creates a new Job object. The Printer object assigns the new Job object a URI which is stored in the "job-uri" Job attribute. This URI is then used by clients as the target for subsequent Job operations. The Printer object generates a Job URI based on its configured security policy and the URI used by the client in the create request. For example, consider a Printer object that supports both a communication channel secured by the use of SSL3 (using HTTP over SSL3 with an "https" schemed URI) and another open communication channel that is not secured with SSL3 (using a simple "http" schemed URI). If a client were to submit a job using the secure URI, the Printer object would assign the new Job object a secure URI as well. If a client were to submit a job using the open-channel URI, the Printer would assign the new Job object an open-channel URI. In addition, the Printer object also populates the Job object's "job-printer-uri" attribute. This is a reference back to the Printer object that created the Job object. If a client only has access to a Job object's "job-uri" identifier, the client can query the Job's "job-printer-uri" attribute in order to determine which Printer object created the Job object. If the Printer object supports more
than one URI, the Printer object picks the one URI supplied by the client when creating the job to build the value for and to populate the Job's "job-printer-uri" attribute. Allowing Job objects to have URIs allows for flexibility and scalability. For example, in some implementations, the Printer object might create Jobs that are processed in the same local environment as the Printer object itself. In this case, the Job URI might just be a composition of the Printer's URI and some unique component for the Job object, such as the unique 32-bit positive integer mentioned later in this paragraph. In other implementations, the Printer object might be a central clearing-house for validating all Job object creation requests, but the Job object itself might be created in some environment that is remote from the Printer object. In this case, the Job object's URI may have no physical-location relationship at all to the Printer object's URI. Again, the fact that Job objects have URIs allows for flexibility and scalability, however, many existing printing systems have local models or interface constraints that force print jobs to be identified using only a 32-bit positive integer rather than an independent URI. This numeric Job ID is only unique within the context of the Printer object to which the create request was originally submitted. Therefore, in order to allow both types of client access to IPP Job objects (either by Job URI or by numeric Job ID), when the Printer object successfully processes a create request and creates a new Job object, the Printer object MUST generate both a Job URI and a Job ID. The Job ID (stored in the "job-id" attribute) only has meaning in the context of the Printer object to which the create request was originally submitted. This requirement to support both Job URIs and Job IDs allows all types of clients to access Printer objects and Job objects no matter the local constraints imposed on the client implementation. In addition to identifiers, Printer objects and Job objects have names ("printer-name" and "job-name"). An object name NEED NOT be unique across all instances of all objects. A Printer object's name is chosen and set by an administrator through some mechanism outside the scope of IPP/1.0. A Job object's name is optionally chosen and supplied by the IPP client submitting the job. If the client does not supply a Job object name, the Printer object generates a name for the new Job object. In all cases, the name only has local meaning. To summarize: - Each Printer object is identified with one or more URIs. The Printer's "printer-uri-supported" attribute contains the URI(s).
- The Printer object's "uri-security-supported" attribute identifies the communication channel security protocols that may or may not have been configured for the various Printer object URIs (e.g., 'ssl3' or 'none'). - Each Job object is identified with a Job URI. The Job's "job-uri" attribute contains the URI. - Each Job object is also identified with Job ID which is a 32-bit, positive integer. The Job's "job-id" attribute contains the Job ID. The Job ID is only unique within the context of the Printer object which created the Job object. - Each Job object has a "job-printer-uri" attribute which contains the URI of the Printer object that was used to create the Job object. This attribute is used to determine the Printer object that created a Job object when given only the URI for the Job object. This linkage is necessary to determine the languages, charsets, and operations which are supported on that Job (the basis for such support comes from the creating Printer object). - Each Printer object has a name (which is not necessarily unique). The administrator chooses and sets this name through some mechanism outside the scope of IPP/1.0 itself. The Printer object's "printer-name" attribute contains the name. - Each Job object has a name (which is not necessarily unique). The client optionally supplies this name in the create request. If the client does not supply this name, the Printer object generates a name for the Job object. The Job object's "job-name" attribute contains the name. 3. IPP Operations IPP objects support operations. An operation consists of a request and a response. When a client communicates with an IPP object, the client issues an operation request to the URI for that object. Operation requests and responses have parameters that identify the operation. Operations also have attributes that affect the run-time characteristics of the operation (the intended target, localization information, etc.). These operation-specific attributes are called operation attributes (as compared to object attributes such as Printer object attributes or Job object attributes). Each request carries along with it any operation attributes, object attributes, and/or document data required to perform the operation. Each request requires a response from the object. Each response indicates success or failure of the operation with a status code as a response parameter. The response contains any operation attributes, object attributes, and/or status messages generated during the execution of the operation request.
This section describes the semantics of the IPP operations, both requests and responses, in terms of the parameters, attributes, and other data associated with each operation. The IPP/1.0 Printer operations are: Print-Job (section 3.2.1) Print-URI (section 3.2.2) Validate-Job (section 3.2.3) Create-Job (section 3.2.4) Get-Printer-Attributes (section 3.2.5) Get-Jobs (section 3.2.6) The Job operations are: Send-Document (section 3.3.1) Send-URI (section 3.3.2) Cancel-Job (section 3.3.3) Get-Job-Attributes (section 3.3.4) The Send-Document and Send-URI Job operations are used to add a new document to an existing multi-document Job object created using the Create-Job operation. 3.1 Common Semantics All IPP operations require some common parameters and operation attributes. These common elements and their semantic characteristics are defined and described in more detail in the following sections. 3.1.1 Required Parameters Every operation request contains the following REQUIRED parameters: - a "version-number", - an "operation-id", - a "request-id", and - the attributes that are REQUIRED for that type of request. Every operation response contains the following REQUIRED parameters: - a "version-number", - a "status-code", - the "request-id" that was supplied in the corresponding request, and - the attributes that are REQUIRED for that type of response.
The encoding and transport document [RFC2565] defines special rules for the encoding of these parameters. All other operation elements are represented using the more generic encoding rules for attributes and groups of attributes. 3.1.2 Operation IDs and Request IDs Each IPP operation request includes an identifying "operation-id" value. Valid values are defined in the "operations-supported" Printer attribute section (see section 4.4.13). The client specifies which operation is being requested by supplying the correct "operation-id" value. In addition, every invocation of an operation is identified by a "request-id" value. For each request, the client chooses the "request-id" which MUST be an integer (possibly unique depending on client requirements) in the range from 1 to 2**31 - 1 (inclusive). This "request-id" allows clients to manage multiple outstanding requests. The receiving IPP object copies all 32-bits of the client- supplied "request-id" attribute into the response so that the client can match the response with the correct outstanding request, even if the "request-id" is out of range. If the request is terminated before the complete "request-id" is received, the IPP object rejects the request and returns a response with a "request-id" of 0. Note: In some cases, the transport protocol underneath IPP might be a connection oriented protocol that would make it impossible for a client to receive responses in any order other than the order in which the corresponding requests were sent. In such cases, the "request-id" attribute would not be essential for correct protocol operation. However, in other mappings, the operation responses can come back in any order. In these cases, the "request-id" would be essential. 3.1.3 Attributes Operation requests and responses are both composed of groups of attributes and/or document data. The attributes groups are: - Operation Attributes: These attributes are passed in the operation and affect the IPP object's behavior while processing the operation request and may affect other attributes or groups of attributes. Some operation attributes describe the document data associated with the print job and are associated with new Job objects, however most operation attributes do not persist beyond the life of the operation. The description of each operation attribute includes conformance statements indicating which operation attributes are REQUIRED and which are OPTIONAL
for an IPP object to support and which attributes a client MUST supply in a request and an IPP object MUST supply in a response. - Job Template Attributes: These attributes affect the processing of a job. A client OPTIONALLY supplies Job Template Attributes in a create request, and the receiving object MUST be prepared to receive all supported attributes. The Job object can later be queried to find out what Job Template attributes were originally requested in the create request, and such attributes are returned in the response as Job Object Attributes. The Printer object can be queried about its Job Template attributes to find out what type of job processing capabilities are supported and/or what the default job processing behaviors are, though such attributes are returned in the response as Printer Object Attributes. The "ipp-attribute-fidelity" operation attribute affects processing of all client-supplied Job Template attributes (see section 15 for a full description of "ipp-attribute-fidelity" and its relationship to other attributes). - Job Object Attributes: These attributes are returned in response to a query operation directed at a Job object. - Printer Object Attributes: These attributes are returned in response to a query operation directed at a Printer object. - Unsupported Attributes: In a create request, the client supplies a set of Operation and Job Template attributes. If any of these attributes or their values is unsupported by the Printer object, the Printer object returns the set of unsupported attributes in the response. Section 15 gives a full description of how Job Template attributes supplied by the client in a create request are processed by the Printer object and how unsupported attributes are returned to the client. Because of extensibility, any IPP object might receive a request that contains new or unknown attributes or values for which it has no support. In such cases, the IPP object processes what it can and returns the unsupported attributes in the response. Later in this section, each operation is formally defined by identifying the allowed and expected groups of attributes for each request and response. The model identifies a specific order for each group in each request or response, but the attributes within each group may be in any order, unless specified otherwise. Each attribute specification includes the attribute's name followed by the name of its attribute syntax(es) in parenthesizes. In addition, each 'integer' attribute is followed by the allowed range in parentheses, (m:n), for values of that attribute. Each 'text' or 'name' attribute is followed by the maximum size in octets in parentheses, (size), for values of that attribute. For more details on attribute syntax notation, see the descriptions of these attributes syntaxes in section 4.1.
Note: Document data included in the operation is not strictly an attribute, but it is treated as a special attribute group for ordering purposes. The only operations that support supplying the document data within an operation request are Print-Job and Send- Document. There are no operation responses that include document data. Note: Some operations are REQUIRED for IPP objects to support; the others are OPTIONAL (see section 5.2.2). Therefore, before using an OPTIONAL operation, a client SHOULD first use the REQUIRED Get- Printer-Attributes operation to query the Printer's "operations- supported" attribute in order to determine which OPTIONAL Printer and Job operations are actually supported. The client SHOULD NOT use an OPTIONAL operation that is not supported. When an IPP object receives a request to perform an operation it does not support, it returns the 'server-error-operation-not-supported' status code (see section 184.108.40.206). An IPP object is non-conformant if it does not support a REQUIRED operation.