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Printing From the MVS Office Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106979D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cox, DR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes the problem of how to provide access to host printing to all Office Components in OfficeVision*/MVS (OV/MVS). Some Office Components only provide printing through CICS/MVS* and CICS printers. Some Office Components can provide access to other printers through DISOSS, but this is not available to all components. This makes it difficult to adjust OV/MVS to normal customer printing requirements, as most host printing is controlled by the Job Entry Subsystem (JES). Printing involves three steps. First is to convert the object from revisable to final format, if the object is not yet in final format. Second is to specify the parameters of where the object is to be printed, such as printer name, fonts, copies, etc.

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Printing From the MVS Office Environment

       This article describes the problem of how to provide
access to host printing to all Office Components in OfficeVision*/MVS
(OV/MVS). Some Office Components only provide printing through
CICS/MVS* and CICS printers. Some Office Components can provide
access to other printers through DISOSS, but this is not available to
all components. This makes it difficult to adjust OV/MVS to normal
customer printing requirements, as most host printing is controlled
by the Job Entry Subsystem (JES).  Printing involves three steps.
First is to convert the object from revisable to final format, if the
object is not yet in final format. Second is to specify the
parameters of where the object is to be printed, such as printer
name, fonts, copies, etc. Third is to pass the object and the
parameters to the JES subsystem in an acceptable form, such as JCL
and an IEBGENER utility request.

      The solution is to provide a general function that will allow
printing for all components in OV/MVS.  This function would be
located in APPC/MVS and provide an interface in CICS and other
requestor environments, such as LANs. The function would provide an
interface to JES, which provides access to most printers in the MVS
environment. The function would provide the background processing to
convert objects from revisable to printer format, if needed. This
conversion is component specific and would be specified at the
interface to the function. The f...