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Universal Print Level Data Stream

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046794D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gaudet, JL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In advanced automated information processing operations involving both data processing and text processing equipment, there is a requirement for a universal printing system wherein various text or extra data processors may communicate with a printer which will provide the documents or printouts using a universal print level data stream. For convenience, such a universal print level data stream will be referred to as a "level 2 data stream". To this end, various conversions would have to be made in the data stream utilized in the particular processing system in order for that data to be communicated through the universal level data stream to the particular printer.

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Universal Print Level Data Stream

In advanced automated information processing operations involving both data processing and text processing equipment, there is a requirement for a universal printing system wherein various text or extra data processors may communicate with a printer which will provide the documents or printouts using a universal print level data stream. For convenience, such a universal print level data stream will be referred to as a "level 2 data stream". To this end, various conversions would have to be made in the data stream utilized in the particular processing system in order for that data to be communicated through the universal level data stream to the particular printer. The present system relates to a previously communicated level 2 data stream, which is serial and not randomly accessible, that is stored on diskette within a particular processor.

A systems expedient is provided which allows this stored level 2 data stream to be printed with the capability of permitting the operator to designate a "start on page ______" and a "stop on page
______". This is accomplished by a local software print conversion
routine which starts the conversion with page 1 of the document but does not present any output until the designated "start on page ______", i.e., printing only begins at the start of page ______
requested. "Stop on page ______" is similarly handled. In order to
convert the universal level 2 data stream which does not have the above-described capability to a local print data stream, the following considerations are involved. The universal level 2 data stream is not intended for use as an editable...