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Display of Printer Status Information for a Typewriter Attached to a Personal Computer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040456D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Clark, RE: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Printer status information is displayed on a "pop-up window" of a Personal Computer (PC) screen to indicate when the printer goes offline. A printer which is primarily designed for typewriter use by a user activating keys of a keyboard of a PC to which the printer is attached has no status indicators to indicate the condition that causes the printer to stop when it is functioning as a printer under control of a program in the PC. The printer might stop because of being out of paper, ribbon failure, or a change in its font or wheel being necessary, for example. A program in the PC monitors the condition of the printer for these various conditions.

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Display of Printer Status Information for a Typewriter Attached to a Personal Computer

Printer status information is displayed on a "pop-up window" of a Personal Computer (PC) screen to indicate when the printer goes offline. A printer which is primarily designed for typewriter use by a user activating keys of a keyboard of a PC to which the printer is attached has no status indicators to indicate the condition that causes the printer to stop when it is functioning as a printer under control of a program in the PC. The printer might stop because of being out of paper, ribbon failure, or a change in its font or wheel being necessary, for example. A program in the PC monitors the condition of the printer for these various conditions. If printing stops because of one of these various conditions occurring, the user is alerted through the program automatically putting a printer status window on the PC screen with a message therein stating the reason that the printer was placed offline.

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