Google to Overhaul Printing for its Chrome Browser. Google Chrome is testing a new Web Printing API that could make printing from websites and web apps more advanced and customizable. The new feature is currently available in the Canary and Dev Channels of Chrome, under the #enable-web-printing-api flag.
The Web Printing API is a proposed web standard that would allow websites and web apps to access the capabilities and settings of local printers and adjust the print job accordingly. For example, they could change the resolution, page range, and number of copies of the print job.
This could benefit web applications that need specific printing options, such as publishing and graphic design software. It could also simplify printing over remote desktop clients, which is often a challenge for businesses and organizations using thin clients.
The Web Printing API is still in development and may change or be dropped before it reaches the stable version of Chrome. However, it shows Google’s commitment to improving the web platform and making it more competitive with native desktop software.