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OS/2 Office: Specifying Time to Print Documents at Creation of Printer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107180D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Smith, MD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method in which an OS/2* Office Local Area Network (LAN) user can create an instance of a printer on the office window that will print a document at a specific time of day. This gives a user the ability to print large documents during off hours when the need for the LAN printer is not as great.

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OS/2 Office: Specifying Time to Print Documents at Creation of Printer

       This article describes a method in which an OS/2* Office
Local Area Network (LAN) user can create an instance of a printer on
the office window that will print a document at a specific time of
day.  This gives a user the ability to print large documents during
off hours when the need for the LAN printer is not as great.

      In OS/2 Office, a Printer is a device object existing on the
OS/2 Office window as an instance or within the New Icons Folder
(NIF) window as a basic template.  A printer instance is represented
by an icon and processing for the instance is handled by a Printer
Icon Procedure (IPROC). Every Printer IPROC associates itself with a
Print Manager defined queue or printer.  This association is
controlled by the end-user but may have been preset by a system
administrator.

      A user can associate a printer icon with the resource name of a
printer that is shared on  the LAN.  By doing this, an OS/2 Office
user can perform a print action on a document and have it output on
the LAN printer.

      There is function within OS/2 Print Manager allowing both a
release date and time as part of a print job's properties.  When an
application prints to a queue it may specify, through the date and
time properties, when the job is to be released for printing.  Such
jobs are placed on hold automatically upon arrival in the queue until
the system's current date and time are chronologically past those of
the print jobs'.

      Problems can arise as more and more people begin to use the LAN
printers.  If a person prints a large document, they can "tie up" the
printer for a long time forcing other people to wait for the printer.

      A printer template in the NIF is used to create a printer
instance.  To begin the creation process either double-click the
mouse pointer on the printer template icon or select the "Open"
pull-down option from the "File" action-bar item after selecting t...