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Extended Country Language Support for an ASCII Printer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036393D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Durrett, WV: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a printer feature that extends a user's country language support without requiring a change to the ASCII data stream controls or existing PC applications.

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Extended Country Language Support for an ASCII Printer

Disclosed is a printer feature that extends a user's country language support without requiring a change to the ASCII data stream controls or existing PC applications.

The term "country language" refers to the character set or language that the printer will print text documents. Traditional ASCII printers limit this support to U.
S. English unless ASCII data stream or PC application modifications are made. The printer feature disclosed expands the country language support virtually to any language (Spanish, German, French, Italian, etc.).

The printer feature allows the user to select via the printer's control panel the source the printer is to use for its default country character set. The figure below shows the printer's control panel selections.

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As indicated in the figure above, the user selects either the printer's internal resident code pages or the pluggable font cartridge as its country language support. Basically, this printer feature allows the user three selections: (1) Select the traditional internal resident PC

country language character set (U.S. English Code

Page); i.e., the country language character set

supported by existing ASCII printers.

(2) Select an alternate internal resident code page

(Multilingual Code Page) that can be used to

support a limited set of other country languages.

(3) Select the pluggable font cartridge as the source

for the country language character set.

The user's selections are unique in two ways: First, the printer has more than one country language character set resident in the printer selectable by the user for providing extended country language support in the base printer. Second, and the more important feature, is the user's ability to select the pluggable font cartridge as the source for the printer's country character set. Whenever new country language character sets are invented and defined...