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MENU DRIVEN DISPLAY OF DEBUG INFORMATION ON A USER INTERFACE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026314D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

In an electrophotographic system having a user interface (UJ) for the display of programming information, the user interface may be used to aid in the troubleshooting of the system. Specifically, in systems which utilize a video display for general programming of the copying job, menu driven debug software may be utilized to assist operators, system developers or service technicians in resolving system problems.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

MENU DRIVEN DISPLAY OF

DEBUG INFORMATION ON A USER
INTERFACE Int. C1. G03g 21/00 Robert P. Ferraro
James J. Dombrowski
Keith G. Bunker

Proposed Classification

U.S. CI. 355'205

In an electrophotographic system having a user interface (UJ) for the display of programming information, the user interface may be used to aid in the troubleshooting of the system. Specifically, in systems which utilize a video display for general programming of the copying job, menu driven debug software may be utilized to assist operators, system developers or service technicians in resolving system problems.

The present invention comprises menu driven debug software which controls the manner in which debug information (e.g. memory dumps, variable tables, operating system status ) is selected for display on the U/I. More specifically, upon crashing an operator may invoke the menu driven debug tool to facilitate the display of system status or debug information. By making the system menu driven, many common software routines may be shared between debug options, resulting in significant memory savings. In addition, debug data can be readily obtained by any operator, regardless of software experience due to the menu driven functionality of the system. Moreover, the operator may select the output to be directed to the system U/I or printer.

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