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Facsimile Machine Programming With Job Files

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100535D
Original Publication Date: 1990-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gerstle, PJ: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

A mechanism is described for controlling the operation of a PC attached facsimile machine using job files.

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Facsimile Machine Programming With Job Files

       A mechanism is described for controlling the operation of
a PC attached facsimile machine using job files.

      Most high function facsimile machines contain a means for
remembering a sequence of keystrokes and repeating that sequence at a
later time when a certain key or key sequence is entered.  These job
steps are not transportable or editable and are limited in the number
of machine features they can control.  There is also a limit to the
number of these jobs because of memory space restrictions and the
number of keys available to access them.

      The algorithm described here includes the following functions
to greatly enhance the "job" feature when a facsimile machine is
being controlled by an attached personal computer:
      1.   Each job is a sequence of steps stored in a unique file on
the PC's hard disk.  This allows easy access to the jobs based on the
job file name and an almost unlimited number of jobs.
      2.   The jobs are fully editable text files.  They may be
modified within the PC fax application at any time - even after they
have been scheduled to run.
      3.   A job file may "call" another job file.  This allows for
the creation of common jobs which may be used as subroutines by other
more complex jobs.

      Since the jobs are normal PC files, they may be easily
transferred to other machines.