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Multipass Printing - Presentation of Available Printer Elements

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041442D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barnes, JG: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

In the preceding article, an algorithm for multipass printing was set forth. When using such an algorithm, in order for the printing operation to run affectively, the operator must know beforehand which printer elements will be required. In currently available technology, printer element changes are represented by keyboard as well as font changes which are carried in the data stream. Any operator may edit a document using conventional typing tasks and manually search the document for any keyboard or font changes. After having located one of these controls, the operator will still not have enough information to determine what printer element is needed. Accordingly, it is difficult for the operator to determine beforehand which printer elements are required to print the document.

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Multipass Printing - Presentation of Available Printer Elements

In the preceding article, an algorithm for multipass printing was set forth. When using such an algorithm, in order for the printing operation to run affectively, the operator must know beforehand which printer elements will be required. In currently available technology, printer element changes are represented by keyboard as well as font changes which are carried in the data stream. Any operator may edit a document using conventional typing tasks and manually search the document for any keyboard or font changes. After having located one of these controls, the operator will still not have enough information to determine what printer element is needed. Accordingly, it is difficult for the operator to determine beforehand which printer elements are required to print the document. The present expedient solves this problem in a simple and direct method which may be illustrated by the following example. The operator selects from a list of available tasks, "Print List Of Printer Elements". As a result, a list of all the printer elements needed to print the document is generated and printed. The algorithm for generating this list is carried out as follows. A line of text is fetched from the document storage area. This line of text is scanned for any printer element changes. If a printer element change is found, the new printer element is inserted into a table. The output is then generated by using the conce...