Checking printer status using Java
Posted on 2007-04-04
We have some developers working on a Java application under Windows XP for us. Part of this requires printing using a windows printer driver to control a specialist printer. This causes windows errors to pop up when a problem occurs but I want the application to handle all the errors as this application runs on a touch screen kiosk. Currently, they are monitoring the print spooler via the Java Virtual Machine and then trying to resolve issues by disabling the printer (and redirecting to the backup printer) and removing the print job. However, I would have thought it would be better to check the printer status prior to printing (e.g online, paper out etc). They are telling me this is either extremely difficult or impossible as they would need to bypass the windows printer driver and talk directly to the printer. I would have thought you could get this information from the window printer driver? Is this possible using Java, or is it dependent on the specific implementation of the windows printer driver? Any hints would be appreciated and sample code would be even more appreciated!