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Data Processor Setup Through an Operator Interactive Remote Display Terminal

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047512D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Swift, SF: AUTHOR

Abstract

For many years in the data processing field, printing out of data from a central processor has been a fairly straightforward operation. In general, a plurality of printers were associated with a central processor. These printers could be at locations or output stations adjacent to the central processor or remote from the central processor. In the latter case, of course, the central processor transmitted the alphanumeric data stream to be printed to the receiving printer which proceeded to produce the printout. With such conventional systems, the printers were in effect dedicated to the central processor, i.e., to primarily produce printout for the central processor.

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Data Processor Setup Through an Operator Interactive Remote Display Terminal

For many years in the data processing field, printing out of data from a central processor has been a fairly straightforward operation. In general, a plurality of printers were associated with a central processor. These printers could be at locations or output stations adjacent to the central processor or remote from the central processor. In the latter case, of course, the central processor transmitted the alphanumeric data stream to be printed to the receiving printer which proceeded to produce the printout. With such conventional systems, the printers were in effect dedicated to the central processor, i.e., to primarily produce printout for the central processor. In operating such substantially dedicated printers, the operator at the printer could set repetitive formatting parameters, such as line spacing, maximum lines per page, pitch, lines per inch, or characters per line on the printer, to suit the particular processor with which the printer was associated and such parameters would remain substantially unchanged for considerable periods of time. With data processing printouts, in general, format was not an important consideration and, consequently, formats were not changed frequently. Because of advances in the data processing field, particularly with the integration of data processing and text processing facilities into electronic document distribution networks which are capable of transmitting and printing out both data processing and word processing documents at any one of a plurality of work stations within a network, there has been an increasing need for systems having printers which are not formatted to support any particular data processor but rather are capable of providing printouts from a wide variety of data processors capable of transmitting a data stream to a particular printer output station. Consequently, printers which require a "hands on" operator to change the above-described repetitive formatting parameters cannot eff...