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Proactive Data Fields in the IBM Personal Printer Data Stream

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104396D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Thornton, DS: AUTHOR

Abstract

Currently when a document is created and distributed by a Line of Business (LOB), the date and time, if required, must be manually updated each time it is sent. If the document is one which is sent on a periodic basis, then it is necessary that the document be re-edited prior to distribution on each of these occasions.

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Proactive Data Fields in the IBM Personal Printer Data Stream

      Currently when a document is created and distributed by a Line
of Business (LOB), the date and time, if required, must be manually
updated each time it is sent.  If the document is one which is sent
on a periodic basis, then it is necessary that the document be
re-edited prior to distribution on each of these occasions.

      To alleviate this problem, the IBM Personal Printer Data Stream
(PPDS) used by IBM* printers can be augmented with new commands to
handle a set of ProActive data fields which when detected in the
print stream by the processor, substitutes the appropriate
information.  This augmentation is not intended for the printer, but
the system processor print routine, which detects the new commands
and makes the substitutions.

ESC + A   YEAR XXXX {1980}
ESC + B   DAY XX {01 TO 31,30,28,29}
ESC + C   DAY of WEEK {Tuesday, etc.}
ESC + D   MONTH ABBRV {JAN}
ESC + E   MONTH NUM {01 TO 12}
ESC + F   MONTH FULL {January}
ESC + H n HOUR XX {01 to 12 or 01 to 24}n={12 OR 24}
          n=12, The time is followed by PM/AM as appropriate.
ESC + M   MINUTES XX {00 TO 59}
ESC + S   SECONDS XX {00 TO 59}
ESC + O   ON - Attribute on
ESC + Z   OFF - Attribute off (System Default)

Hex:  º1Bº2Bº43º27º20º1Bº2Bº46º20º1Bº2Bº42º27º20º1Bº2Bº41º

Result:  Tuesday, January 03, 1980

*  Trademark of IBM Corp.