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Graphical Printer Queue

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110975D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Provided is a technique to present printer queues graphically to allow the user to see and manipulate the documents in the queue more easily. The Figure illustrates the graphical printer queue. Documents stacked on top of the printer represent those in the queue. Each document is identified so that users can determine where their document is in the queue. Additionally, documents are represented in proportion to their actual size. This allows the user to visually determine the approximate wait time.

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Graphical Printer Queue

      Provided is a technique to present printer queues graphically
to allow the user to see and manipulate the documents in the queue
more easily.  The Figure illustrates the graphical printer queue.
Documents stacked on top of the printer represent those in the queue.
Each document is identified so that users can determine where their
document is in the queue.  Additionally, documents are represented in
proportion to their actual size.  This allows the user to visually
determine the approximate wait time.

      Because of the graphical view, direct manipulation of the
documents in the queue is now possible as well.  For example, users
could select their document out of the queue and drag it to another
printer or to the trashcan.  Under some circumstances, select users
might be authorized to also drag their document to the front of the
queue.

      In the case of very long queues, mini-scroll bars can be added
to enable scrolling through the list.