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Automatic Letterhead Paper Choice

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043210D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Douglas, GL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In the IBM Displaywriter system the format menus for printing allow for specifying bottom drawer paper for a single sheet of letterhead (with the rest of the sheets coming from the top drawer), or bottom drawer paper for all sheets of the job. With a printer having a single drawer sheet feed mechanism there is an ambiguity as to which of the above two cases are desired by the operator. In the first case, it would make sense to manually load the letterhead ("bottom" drawer) and let all subsequent sheets come from the automatic sheet feeding mechanism. In the second case (for example, a series of one-page, letterhead letters), it would be desirable to put the paper in the only drawer available and let all paper feeding be done automatically.

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Automatic Letterhead Paper Choice

In the IBM Displaywriter system the format menus for printing allow for specifying bottom drawer paper for a single sheet of letterhead (with the rest of the sheets coming from the top drawer), or bottom drawer paper for all sheets of the job. With a printer having a single drawer sheet feed mechanism there is an ambiguity as to which of the above two cases are desired by the operator. In the first case, it would make sense to manually load the letterhead ("bottom" drawer) and let all subsequent sheets come from the automatic sheet feeding mechanism. In the second case (for example, a series of one-page, letterhead letters), it would be desirable to put the paper in the only drawer available and let all paper feeding be done automatically. The present technique provides a method for the operator to state to the machine which of the two alternatives is to be used for printing, on a print job basis. In the Print Document menu a Paper Drawer display frame is provided in which the operator can choose manual insertion or automatic insertion for letterhead paper. With this technique manual insertion would be chosen for the first case, above, and automatic insertion would be chosen for the second case. The operator, therefore, has control over how letterhead paper handling is to be accomplished on a single drawer sheet feed printer. The specification of this choice for paper handling can be separately specified for each print job, givin...