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FUNCTION Recognition Method for FAX

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036976D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Sugitani, Y: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a system for facsimile (fax, for short) which can automatically determine whether to perform an operation by fax itself or to communicate with a Server Station over the Public Switched Telephone Network and request execution of the additional fax functions by the Server Station by means of the application program.

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FUNCTION Recognition Method for FAX

Disclosed is a system for facsimile (fax, for short) which can automatically determine whether to perform an operation by fax itself or to communicate with a Server Station over the Public Switched Telephone Network and request execution of the additional fax functions by the Server Station by means of the application program.

In a conventional fax system, the operator has to decide whether or not to request the Server Station according to the need for additional fax functions. Using the fax of this system, there is no need for this operator interface but the fax itself can automatically determine and perform.

This system consists of a fax designed for the system and the support program running on the Server Station. The figure shows the components and structure of the fax. The FUNCTION MENU is a list of functions that the fax can perform either by itself or with the support of the Server Station. The FUNCTION SWITCH holds the status of each function either active or inactive, and only functions with active status are displayed as functions being able to be selected by an operator. The POINTER indicates the memory address of the FUNCTION PROGRAM so that an expected program module can be accessed when an operation in FUNCTION MENU is selected. The FUNCTION PROGRAM is either a program performing a requested function including operator interface control or a program controlling operator interface only in case the Server Station executes the function. The OPERATOR PANEL CONTROLLER controls a display for displaying prompt messages and a keyboard for getting input by an operator. When all parameters are completed for input, the FUNCTION PROGRAM searches the EXECUTOR LIST to find out who is to execute an operation. For those operations that do no...