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Device Output Path Redirector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110197D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 89K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A methodology is described which manages communicating status from devices to users in a manner ensuring status is communicated.

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Device Output Path Redirector

      A methodology is described which manages communicating status
from devices to users in a manner ensuring status is communicated.

      Current peripheral methodologies allow users to poll the status
of a peripheral (e.g. printer) or query the activity of it.  This
creates a burden on the user because time is spent polling the device
to see some status (e.g. how close document is to being completed
printed).  If a user does not currently have access to a polling
device (e.g. personal computer), then polling cannot be performed.
It is desirable to receive peripheral status through a different
medium than was used to originally interface to the particular
device.  A user may be at a different location than where the device
request was initiated.  This implies being able to receive device
status through equipment which is conveniently located to a user at
any point in time.  A method is needed whereby status is conveniently
reported to a user in a timely fashion through available media.

      Before a document is sent to a printer for printing, the user
configures the medium by which a print complete status should be
reported in.  Provided here is a method for taking alternate paths
through a variety of media to ensure a report of status.  Status may
be configured to be received in different mediums.  For example,
print status can be communicated through a telephone call with an
automated voice, a facsimile image or a different computer than the
print job was sent from.  Each medium used will have an embodiment
customary to itself.  For example, text strings are customarily used
for electronic mail notification.  Also, a text to speech service is
provided to perform audio transformation of textual information.  In
the case of having status reported through a phone call, the
automated voice sig...