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Core Java® Volume II—Advanced Features, Ninth Edition by Gary Cornell, Cay S. Horstmann

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7.12. Printing

The original JDK had no support for printing at all. It was not possible to print from applets, and you had to get a third-party library if you wanted to print from an application. JDK 1.1 introduced very lightweight printing support, just enough to produce simple printouts, as long as you were not too particular about the print quality. The 1.1 printing model was designed to allow browser vendors to print the surface of an applet as it appears on a web page (which, however, the browser vendors have not embraced).

Java SE 1.2 introduced the beginnings of a robust printing model that is fully integrated with 2D graphics. Java SE 1.4 added important enhancements, such as discovery of printer features and streaming print jobs for ...

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