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Methodology for Automated Printed Selection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106040D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jackson, BK: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanism to automate selection of printers suitable to print a user's object of a certain type based on the nearest available printer.

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Methodology for Automated Printed Selection

      Disclosed is a mechanism to automate selection of printers
suitable to print a user's object of a certain type based on the
nearest available printer.

      Prior art in office automation requires that a person search a
predefined list of printers for selecting a printer that is capable
of printing the intended object.  Often, the information imbedded
within the list does not necessarily reveal the actual physical
location, the features, and the capabilities of the defined printers.
Yet, the list does not provide any feedback regarding the
availability of the printers.  Often users find themselves lacking
sufficient knowledge of and/or feedback from the list to select the
closest printer capable of handling their object requirement.  This
is especially a barrier and inconvenience for those that are not
familiar with the physical layout of an establishment or different
type of printers available in that establishment.  More importantly,
the information does not convey the physical location relative to the
user's current position.  This can lead to an incorrect and/or random
mis-selections.  Current art does not provide mechanism whereby the
location of a user's terminal can be used to automatically list the
nearest printer(s) capable of printing the user object.

      Provided is a mechanism to automate selection of nearest
printers suitable to print a user's object based on the criteria set
forth by the user and/or attribute...