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A Tool for Testing Compliance with CIP4’s Interoperability Conformance Specifications
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2005 (English)In: Proceedings of 2005 International Conference on Digital Production Printing and Industrial Applications, 2005, 83-84 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Job Definition Format (JDF) is a relatively young industry standard developed by The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4). JDF specifies a data format for describing print jobs and exchanging production information between systems in the print production workflow. Most vendors in the printing industry today offer “JDF-enabled ” products, but the industry lacks a well-defined test protocol and specialized tools for testing and verifying the level of JDF-compliance that products have. This paper presents an open source test tool for testing the level of JDF compliance as specified by the CIP4 organization’s Interoperability Conformance Specification (ICS) documents. The test tool is semiautomated and validates system behavior and output of JDF instances and JMF messages both syntactically and based on context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. 83-84 p.
Keyword [en]
Job Definition Format, JDF, Job Messaging Format, JMF, print production, testing
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14164ISBN: 0-89208-256-9OAI: diva2:22770
Available from: 2006-12-04 Created: 2006-12-04 Last updated: 2009-05-07
In thesis
1. Integrating Systems in the Print Production Workflow: Aspects of Implementing JDF
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Integrating Systems in the Print Production Workflow: Aspects of Implementing JDF
2006 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The print production workflow consists of various disparate systems — from production equipment to management information systems. During the production of a printed product, information regarding the product must be communicated between the systems in the workflow. Job Definition Format (JDF) is an industry standard that specifies this information interchange. It specifies a digital job ticket format for exchanging administrative and technical information related to a print job, and a messaging protocol for communicating information between the systems in the workflow. This licentiate thesis explores different aspects of integrating systems in a JDF-enabled print production workflow.

Paper III and Paper IV analyze the properties of JDF’s messaging protocol—Job Messaging Format (JMF)—and discuss design solutions for a JMF integration layer.

Paper I presents a software tool for simulating systems in the print production workflow. The tool is based on an open source software library, called the Elk Framework, which has been developed within the framework of these licentiate studies. The Elk Framework provides the base services required by a piece of JDF-enabled production equipment, called a Device/Worker in JDF parlance.

Paper II presents a software tool that was developed for testing the simulation tool presented in Paper I. The test tool, named Alces, can be used for testing if JDF-enabled systems conform to the JDF Specification.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för teknik och naturvetenskap, 2006. 35 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1285
print production, workflow, jdf, system integration
National Category
Computer Science
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-7837 (URN)91-85643-26-2 (ISBN)
2006-12-08, K3, Kåkenhus, Bredgatan 33, Norrköping, 09:15 (English)
Report code: LIU-TEK-LIC-2006:66.Available from: 2006-12-04 Created: 2006-12-04

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