IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities method

The IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities method enables a user interface plug-in to specify customized device capabilities.

Syntax

HRESULT DeviceCapabilities(
  POEMUIOBJ poemuiobj,
  HANDLE    hPrinter,
  PWSTR     pDeviceName,
  WORD      wCapability,
  PVOID     pOutput,
  PDEVMODE  pPublicDM,
  PVOID     pOEMDM,
  DWORD     dwOld,
  DWORD     *dwResult
);

Parameters

poemuiobj

Caller-supplied pointer to an OEMUIOBJ structure.

hPrinter

Caller-supplied handle to the printer device.

pDeviceName

Caller-supplied pointer to a string representing the device name.

wCapability

Caller-supplied flag indicating the type of information the method should return. For a list of flags, see the description of the DrvDeviceCapabilities function.

pOutput

Caller-supplied pointer to a buffer to receive the requested information. The type of information returned is dependent on the flag specified by wCapability.

pPublicDM

Caller-supplied pointer to a validated DEVMODEW structure.

pOEMDM

Caller-supplied pointer to the user interface plug-in's private DEVMODEW structure members.

dwOld

Caller-supplied return value from the printer driver's DrvDeviceCapabilities function, or from another user interface plug-in. For more information, see the following Remarks section.

dwResult

A return value that is dependent on the flag specified by wCapability. For more information, see the description of the DrvDeviceCapabilities function and the following Remarks section.

Return Value

The method must return one of the following values.

Return code Description
S_OK
The operation succeeded.
S_DEVCAP_OUTPUT_FULL_REPLACEMENT
The plug-in intends to use the buffer that is pointed to by the pOutput parameter for its own purposes. This return value is defined in prcomoem.h. For more information about when to use this return value, see the following Remarks section.
E_FAIL
The operation failed.
E_NOTIMPL
The method is not implemented.

Remarks

A user interface plug-in's IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities method performs the same types of operations as the DrvDeviceCapabilities function that is exported by user-mode printer interface DLLs. The method specifies capabilities provided by the printer.

You can use the IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities method to preempt Unidrv support for a capability, or to add a capability that the printer driver doesn't provide. The driver calls IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities from within its DrvDeviceCapabilities function.

If the IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities method indicates customized support for a capability (by setting appropriate bits in response to a received DC_FIELDS flag), customized code must completely support the capability. Complete support typically includes returning information about the capability in response to calls to the IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities method, plus providing appropriate user-mode or kernel-mode code to implement the capability.

If IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities methods are exported by multiple user interface plug-ins, the methods are called in the order that the plug-ins are specified for installation. Each time a plug-in's IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities method is called, its dwOld input value is the return value from the previously called plug-in's IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities method. For the first plug-in called, dwOld contains the return value from the printer driver's DrvDeviceCapabilities function. Likewise, the buffer pointed to by pOutput contains, on input, any contents placed there by a previously called IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities method or DrvDeviceCapabilities function.

For multiple user interface plug-ins to work in conjunction with each other, each IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities method must obey the following rules:

  • If a user interface plug-in does not support a specified capability, its IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities method should just return the contents of the dwOld parameter in dwResult.
  • If a user interface plug-in supports the capability, its IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities method should ignore dwOld and the contents of the buffer pointed to by pOutput. It should provide a return value and buffer contents appropriate for indicating that it supports the specified capability. If the method detects an error, it should return GDI_ERROR in dwResult.
  • If you want a user interface plug-in to modify the capabilities information received in the buffer pointed to by pOutput, its IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities method should modify the buffer contents and return an appropriate return value in dwResult. For example, if wCapability is DC_FIELDS, the method should OR the bits it needs to set with the bits that are set in dwOld, and return the result of the OR operation in dwResult.
  • The preceding rules should be followed even if the received contents of dwOld is GDI_ERROR.
When the driver's DrvDeviceCapabilities function is called with the DC_FIELDS flag set, the function calls all IPrintOemUI::DeviceCapabilities methods, also specifying DC_FIELDS, and returns the union of all set bits to the caller.

The S_DEVCAP_OUTPUT_FULL_REPLACEMENT return value is new in Windows Vista, and applies to both Unidrv and Pscript5 user interface plug-ins. A plug-in should use the S_DEVCAP_OUTPUT_FULL_REPLACEMENT return value only if it requires complete control over what is placed in the buffer that is pointed to by the pOutput parameter. Neither the Unidrv nor the Pscript5 core driver will place data in the pOutput buffer when the plug-in returns S_DEVCAP_OUTPUT_FULL_REPLACEMENT. A plug-in might need to return this value when a setting in the DEVMODEW structure (which is pointed to by the pPublicDM and pOEMDM parameters) indicates to the user interface plug-in that it should report device capability data that is different from that specified in the GPD or PPD file. For example, a DEVMODEW structure that specifies photo printing might require a different set of paper types than those that are specified in the GPD or PPD file. In such a situation, and regardless of the values of the pOutput and dwOld parameters, the plug-in should return S_DEVCAP_OUTPUT_FULL_REPLACEMENT, and should set the dwResult parameter to the number of paper types that it intends to report. If pOutput is not NULL, the plug-in should also fill the buffer that is pointed to by pOutput with the desired set of paper types, and should set dwResult to the number of paper types that the plug-in intends to report.

When multiple user interface plug-ins are active at the same time, and one of them returns S_DEVCAP_OUTPUT_FULL_REPLACEMENT, the Unidrv or Pscript5 core driver interprets this return value to mean that the plug-ins intend to provide full replacement output data. As a result, the core driver does not place any data into the pOutput buffer before it calls the plug-ins. (The core driver calls the plug-ins in the same order that was specified for their installation.)

In situations where the values that the core driver places in the pOutput buffer do not need to be replaced, the plug-in should return S_OK. The Unidrv and Pscript5 core drivers recognize the S_DEVCAP_OUTPUT_FULL_REPLACEMENT return value only for device capabilities that use the pOutput buffer--in other words, when the wCapability parameter is set to one of the following flags:

DC_PAPERNAMES

DC_PAPERS

DC_PAPERSIZE

DC_BINNAMES

DC_BINS

DC_NUP

DC_PERSONALITY

DC_MEDIAREADY

DC_MEDIATYPENAMES

DC_MEDIATYPES

DC_ENUMRESOLUTIONS

For more information about creating and installing user interface plug-ins, see Customizing Microsoft's Printer Drivers.

Requirements

   
Target Platform Desktop
Header prcomoem.h (include Prcomoem.h)

See Also

DrvDeviceCapabilities

IPrintOemUI