V4 Printer Driver Localization
Windows 8 has provided standard, localized display strings to support the development of printer extensions and UWP device apps.
These standard, localized display strings are provided through the new IPrintSchemaCapabilities objects to support some features and their associated standard options. The following table shows the features that Windows 8 can localize with its standard display strings:
In addition, these strings are available in the XML forms of PrintCapabilities, provided that the driver does not specify a display name using a resource DLL for the feature or option. If a driver does specify a display name using a resource DLL, it will be provided in the XML, as well as to the legacy COMPSTUI-based print preferences UI used on previous versions of Windows.
Across the different user interfaces and APIs, the display names vary. Use the following three flowcharts to see an overview of the expected localization behavior for a given scenario.
The following flowchart shows the expected localization behavior in PrintCapabilities XML documents.
The following flowchart shows the expected localization behavior in the standard, Compstui-based print preferences dialog.
To use the Microsoft-localized display names, follow the instructions in this table to properly edit your GPD or PPD configuration files.
Localizing PPD Based Drivers
PPD based drivers do not support resource DLLs. As a result, it may be necessary to provide multiple PPD files. Microsoft recommends that v4 print drivers that use PPD configuration files should use the techniques outlined in this topic to include one PPD file per locale.