Internet Printing Protocol (IPP)

Windows 2000 uses the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) to interpret a URL to
identify printers and submit print jobs. This protocol allows users to send
documents to any printer on a Microsoft Windows 2000 network that is connected
to the Internet. Internet printing is beneficial because a user can print to a
URL over an intranet or the Internet, view printer and job related information
in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) format, and download and install printer
drivers over the Internet. When you access a printer from a browser, Windows
2000 first attempts to connect to the printer with a remote procedure call
(RPC). If the RPC connection is unsuccessful, Windows 2000 uses the IPP protocol
encapsulated in a HTTP (Hypertext Transport Protocol) packet as its carrier to
connect to the printer. Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTP) is the method by
which World Wide Web pages are transmitted over the Internet.

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