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User Interface to a Print Facility

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034548D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 3 page(s) / 15K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Melkus, LA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a technique providing an architected approach for the presentation of a print facility which allows the printing of items at either a local or remote site and the tailoring of print panels shown to the user. The technique allows the presentation of the print action to be consistent across applications. The result is a simple interface to a print facility, although the print facility provides a complex function. In current computing systems, the system may provide a print facility and the ability for the user to modify the list of printers displayed, but the two facilities are separated, so that the tailoring task is difficult for the end user.

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User Interface to a Print Facility

This article describes a technique providing an architected approach for the presentation of a print facility which allows the printing of items at either a local or remote site and the tailoring of print panels shown to the user. The technique allows the presentation of the print action to be consistent across applications. The result is a simple interface to a print facility, although the print facility provides a complex function. In current computing systems, the system may provide a print facility and the ability for the user to modify the list of printers displayed, but the two facilities are separated, so that the tailoring task is difficult for the end user. Furthermore, the process of printing an item on a remote printer currently may be a difficult end user task because its user interface and the level of knowledge required of the user are different from the interface and required knowledge for printing on a local printer. The problems encountered by the end user may limit productivity and may mean that the function offered by the system is under-utilized because it is hard to use. The technique described herein allows the user to do the following: - Decide to tailor print panels while looking

at

the panel.

- Tailor both of the following:

- The default list of printers which

appears

whenever the print action is selected.

- The default values on the printer options.

- Select and print at a printer (either local

or

remote) in the list.

- From the panel presenting the tailored list

of

printers, specify and print at a printer not

on

the list. The specified printer may be

either

local or remote.

- View a list of available printers at a

remote

site.

- Select and print at a remote printer.

- Add a remote printer to the tailored list of

printers.

All of the above functions can be performed from two primary panels, with others presented only when the user has requested the information or function. Only one unique panel is used to accommodate the remote printer function, and the user may follow a path which avoids that panel. Following is a description of what a user might do to print an item at a local or remote printer and/or to tailor the print

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defaults. Parenthetical information refers to the attached panel flow diagram. - Basic Process

1. User requests print action.

System presents a list of printers (Panel A).

2. User selects a printer.

System presents printer options (Panel B).

3. User may modify options, presses Enter to accept.

User is returned to the panel from which Print was

requested.

- On the printer list panel (Panel A), the

user may

type the name of a printer other than those

in the

list. If the printer name typed in by the

user

refers to a local printer, the system

presents a

panel (Panel C) on which the user completes

the

identification of...