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Architecture for Graphic Printer Queue Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114010D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 408K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bowman, M: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Disclosed is an architecture that provides a general structure for a graphical user interface application to support printer and print queue management that is composed of a standard set of building blocks. There are two types of building blocks which are comprised of the following: 1. Templates a. Queue templates--providing default sets of values for queue definition determined dynamically by user selection b. Printer templates--providing default sets of values for printer definition determined dynamically by user selection 2. Objects a. Queues--providing iconic visual indication of type and state and connectivity b. Printers--providing iconic visual indication of type and state and connectivity c.

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Architecture for Graphic Printer Queue Interface

      Disclosed is an architecture that provides a general structure
for a graphical user interface application to support printer and
print queue management that is composed of a standard set of building
blocks.  There are two types of building blocks which are comprised
of the following:
 1.  Templates
     a.  Queue templates--providing default sets of values for queue
        definition determined dynamically by user selection
     b.  Printer templates--providing default sets of values for
        printer definition determined dynamically by user selection
 2.  Objects
     a.  Queues--providing iconic visual indication of type and state
        and connectivity
     b.  Printers--providing iconic visual indication of type and
        state and connectivity
     c.  Print Jobs--providing iconic visual indication of state and
        order within a queue
     See the Figure for an example of the Printer and Queue Manager
    main display.

      The general structure and relationships among these objects are
shown using icons within a work area.  Two panes are defined within
this work area.  The first pane shows the set of defined queues in a
two-dimensional grid.  Any of these queues may be "opened" using the
mouse to show the print jobs within that queue.  The print jobs are
shown using a "well".  This mechanism is a scrollable area con...