Browse Prior Art Database

Host File Print on MFI (Medialess) Terminal

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109816D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fukushima, H: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In the art, there are two printing methods available in present MFI terminals. One is to print the file on a printer attached to the display terminal under the control of the host application programs. The other is to print the screen image directly on a printer attached to the display terminal. The former method needs system reconfiguration and installation of an appropriate host application. The latter does not need such an additional setup operation, but it is often inconvenient to use the screen print function in case of multiple pages.

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 88% of the total text.

Host File Print on MFI (Medialess) Terminal

       In the art, there are two printing methods available in
present MFI terminals.  One is to print the file on a printer
attached to the display terminal under the control of the host
application programs.  The other is to print the screen image
directly on a printer attached to the display terminal.  The former
method needs system reconfiguration and installation of an
appropriate host application.  The latter does not need such an
additional setup operation, but it is often inconvenient to use the
screen print function in case of multiple pages.

      This new host file print on the MFI terminal function is
proposed based on the above background.  The existing file transfer
program used in the PC world provides for SEND/RECEIVE or
UPLOAD/DOWNLOAD. It is composed of the two elements; the one in the
host and the other in the PC.  The host part can be used without any
modification for the file transfer from the host to the
display/printer.  Only the "RECEIVE" is used for the host file print
function.  In the case of the PC, the received file is always stored
in the disk or diskette.  However, in this new host file print, the
terminal element sends the data to the attached printer instead of to
the disk/diskette.

      In addition, the display terminal can provide a variety of
optional data translations, for example, control code conversion,
command conversion, formatting, etc.  The host data can also be...