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Selection of Default From the List of Printers Within OS/2 Office

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107383D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Boeving, RD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This invention involves giving a user the ability to select a default printer from the list of printers on the Office Window for printing done within OS/2* Office. The default printer will be the printer used when a specific printer is not chosen for a print job. The 'default printer' setting is an attribute of the printer's properties. If a default printer has been chosen, the only way to print on another printer would be to specifically choose another printer for a print job.

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Selection of Default From the List of Printers Within OS/2 Office

       This invention involves giving a user the ability to
select a default printer from the list of printers on the Office
Window for printing done within OS/2* Office.  The default printer
will be the printer used when a specific printer is not chosen for a
print job.  The 'default printer' setting is an attribute of the
printer's properties.  If a default printer has been chosen, the only
way to print on another printer would be to specifically choose
another printer for a print job.

      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.  This association is controlled by the
end-user but may have been preset by a system administrator.

      The OS/2 Office window allows the existence of multiple
printers.  Each printer instance is created by the end user and/or
the system administrator.  The end user is the initiator of the print
process.  An OS/2 Office printer allows certain objects to be
"dropped" upon its icon.  A second method of printing involves the
end user first selecting the desired object(s) and then selecting
"Print/Plot" from the "File" action-bar item in the application
window within which the selected objects reside. The end user will
then receive a selectable list of printers if more than one printer
instance has been created on the Office Window.  This invention will
allow users to avoid this list of printers.  If only one printer
instance has been created, the user does not receive a list.  The
single printer is selected automatically.

      OS/2 Office printer instances change characteristics through
property modification.  U...