Priority: P3: Somewhat important
Affects Version/s: 5.13.1
Fix Version/s: None
Component/s: GUI: Printing
Environment:Operating System: KDE neon 5.16
KDE Plasma Version: 5.16.5
KDE Frameworks Version: 5.62.0
Qt Version: 5.13.1
A friend messaged me saying that he "couldn't print on his new printer from KDE because it didn't have a double-sided option". He said other people in his household noticed a double-sided print option from Windows and MacOS, so it must exist.
When I checked within KDE, the option is there, but the terminology is confusing to all but technical people.
- Open up Kate, or any Qt KDE program
- Select File -> Print
- Click the Options>> button
- Select the Options tab
It has a heading saying "Duplex Printing" instead of more simply and clearly, "Double-sided Printing". The term "duplex" is not well-known among non-technical people. Heck, even I, an engineer have to stop and think what it means. Duplex? Why use such a technical word here?
The print dialog for Inkscape is more clear in this regard. It has a drop-down menu with a label that says, "Two-sided:" and menu items that say, "One Sided", "Long Edge (standard)", and Short Edge (flip)". Easy to understand.
Would be more clear to say something like "Two-Sided Printing".
It would also be more informative to have qualifiers after "Long side" and "Short side" like Inkscape has. Like "Long side (standard)" and "Short side (flip)". Because otherwise it's not clear what those mean and which is best to select. Having one indicate that it's "standard" is helpful.
(first reported to https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=412715 and was told to report here)