QUESTION: What is IPDS?
ANSWER: IPDS stands
for "Intelligent Printer Data Stream."
It is the format of the host-to-printer data stream
used by IBM's System Application Architecture (SAA) for Advanced Function Printing (AFP).
that contains the information necessary to identify, monitor,
and control the functions of certain kinds of printers that
are used in mainframe environments. This information includes
the characteristics of the printer, its resolution,
what resources it has, whether it has sufficient memory,
and whether it receives and prints a job.
IPDS supports all-points-addressable printing on a wide range of
low-end to high-end printers.
IPDS was invented by IBM.