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Printer Sharing via Operator Accessible Diskette Diskette

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040939D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Queener, CA: AUTHOR

Abstract

An operator accessible diskette drive is incorporated in a printer for sharing by multiple users in typical personal computer/workstation environments.

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Printer Sharing via Operator Accessible Diskette Diskette

An operator accessible diskette drive is incorporated in a printer for sharing by multiple users in typical personal computer/workstation environments.

With appropriate software, jobs for printing on the shared printer are "spooled" onto a magnetic diskette at a personal computer/workstation, not shown, in a format that promotes rapid reading and subsequent printing. The diskette is then hand- carried to shared printer 10 incorporating the operator accessible diskette drive 11. The diskette is inserted through slot 12, and drive 11 is actuated by a start button or the like, not shown, to conventionally read the diskette and print in response to that reading. Printer 10 is either a stand-alone machine or is connected to one or more workstations with appropriate structure for switching between the connection sources and drive 11. Drive 11 also accommodates entry of other data, programs, fonts, tests or diagnostics, and the like.

This allows economic use of letter-quality printers, such as low-end xerographic printers, and avoids the expense of hard- cabling adequate printers or establishing networks for printer sharing as is done in currently available systems.

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