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Automatic Print Expulsion Notification Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103900D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 93K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Warren III, WE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A user performing multiple tasks during a business day, typically, prints documents to printer devices. Print notifications are frequently disregarded or obscured by multiple unsolicited messages appearing on the user's display. Moreover, the user may wish to collect the printed document on another day. For example, it's near the end of the day and the user does not want to wait for the print task to complete. Prior methods do not allow the user to be notified on subsequent days. Moreover, the user lacks control of the frequency and location of notification messages. For example, a manager may need the secretary to be notified of the print tasks. There is a desire to allow the secretary to be notified, as well as, third parties to be reminded that a document has printed.

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Automatic Print Expulsion Notification Mechanism

      A user performing multiple tasks during a business day,
typically, prints documents to printer devices.  Print notifications
are frequently disregarded or obscured by multiple unsolicited
messages appearing on the user's display.  Moreover, the user may
wish to collect the printed document on another day.  For example,
it's near the end of the day and the user does not want to wait for
the print task to complete.  Prior methods do not allow the user to
be notified on subsequent days.  Moreover, the user lacks control of
the frequency and location of notification messages.  For example, a
manager may need the secretary to be notified of the print tasks.
There is a desire to allow the secretary to be notified, as well as,
third parties to be reminded that a document has printed.  Many
organizations have policies concerning documents left exposed for
extended lengths of time, i.e., confidential documents uncollected
for a period of time.  It's advantageous to provide a mechanism by
which the notification about a print task can be controlled by the
initiator of the task.  Furthermore, there is a desire to control the
frequency and distribution locations of the specific reminders to
users of a printer system.

      This article describes a mechanism by which a user can
associate print tasks to functions provided by Reminder Services.  It
provides a technique whereby the print commands can designate a
reminder to be generated according to a user-defined profile.
Issuance of the print request invokes a Printer Interceptor Service.
This service parses the print request and generates a reminder notice
from the designated print parameters.  Extrapolation of Document Name
and associated print parameters are ascertained from the print
request.  The parameters are associated with a predefined format as
specified by the user.  A textual note is generated in this
predefined format.  A User Print Notification Profile (UPNP) is
accessed to determine the time that should be designated for the
reminder.  This profile contains information on the frequency at
which the reminder should be generated for the designated print
request.  The UPNP allows the user to designate a time range during
which the activity of the service should be enabled.  For example,
when issuing a print request past normal business hours, the user may
not want the creation of a reminder.  Optionally, the profile
designation can be overridden by specified command parameters of the
print request.

      A Central Distribution Manager (CDM) routes the designated
print request to the specified printer device.  The CDM upon
receiving confirmation of an acceptable print requ...