INDUSTRY STANDARDS — FOR THE COMMON GOOD
According to CIP4, JDF Certification shouldn’t be interpreted as “plug-and-play” connectivity. Any two JDF-enabled devices that are interfaced will still need to be set up appropriately in order to communicate seamlessly.
Serving as the foundation for this testing are the Interoperability Conformance Specification (ICS) documents developed by the various technical working groups of CIP4. Products are to be assessed based on their stated level of JDF support: read (manager), write (worker) or both.
Results will be judged on a straightforward pass/fail basis, says James E. Harvey, executive director of CIP4. Basic information from testing—including product model/version, “go/no-go” results and ICS used—will be published, Harvey adds. In cases when more detailed reports are generated, usually for a failing product, that information will not be released to the public, he says.
As for the specification itself, “work is underway on JDF 1.4, but it isn’t due out until next year,” Harvey reports. CIP4 has signed a cooperation agreement with IPA, The Association of Graphic Solutions Providers, under which the latter will take a lead role in further development of the specification in the area of content origination, he notes. “This will be a major area of expanded coverage for JDF 1.4.” PI
PRINTING IMPRESSIONS would like to thank William B. Birkett, print quality consultant with Doppelganger LLC, for providing background information for this part of the coverage.