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MULTIPLE JOB QUEUING SYSTEM FOR FAX MACHINES

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027341D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Document File: 4 page(s) / 138K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Proposed is a system which enables a facsimile machine (FAX) to handle multiple outgoing jobs in a queue without operator intervention. The queuing system comprises an encoded cover sheet, and a status indicator. The encoded cover sheet further includes a job break code, a destination FAX phone number, and means for sensing the number.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

MULTIPLE JOB QUEUING SYSTEM

FOR FAX MACHINES U.S. C1.358/400 Robert P. Siege1

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol. 21, No. 2 MarchlApril 1996 167

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MULTIPLE JOB QUEUING SYSTEM FOR FAX MACHINES (Cont'd)

Proposed is a system which enables a facsimile machine (FAX) to handle multiple outgoing jobs in a queue without operator intervention. The queuing system comprises an encoded cover sheet, and a status indicator. The encoded cover sheet further includes a job break code, a destination FAX phone number, and means for sensing the number.

Referring to the accompanying figure, there is shown an exemplary cover sheet 10 having a data encoding scheme thereon. A job break code 12, such as a bar code, is pre-printed on cover sheet 10 to indicate the end of one job and the beginning of another. A plurality of boxes 14 are provided for filling in the telephone number of the receiving FAX. Means for sensing the receiving FAX number are included and exist in the form of multiple columns, wherein each column contains ten circles (the circles corresponding to the digits below each box 14 are shaded by the user). A pre-printed test pattern 16, located at edge 18, compensates for any offset of sheet 10 relative to the image sensor inside the FAX that decodes the information thereon.

A program in the FAX processes the cover sheet by performing the following functions:

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job and look for a phone number.

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Poll the image data passing through as an out going message.

Look for the job break code..

When the job break code is detected, disconnect from the previous

Read the phone number from the cover sheet.

5.) Dial the number, connect, and transmit.

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number, phone the reading (i.e. problem a is there If to the destination FAX), generate an error code and feed the job through. or connecting

In order to avoid sending the beginning of the cover sheet to a previous job, and/or deleting the first portion of the cover sh...