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Multiple Language Support by Selective Storage

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114217D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Basham, R: AUTHOR [+9]

Abstract

Support for multiple languages, which requires multiple fonts, is needed on tape drives. Multiple fonts require a large amount of storage space. On some drives, this storage space is limited and cannot support all languages needed. A method that does not involve storing all languages, while maintaining support, is disclosed.

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Multiple Language Support by Selective Storage

      Support for multiple languages, which requires multiple fonts,
is needed on tape drives.  Multiple fonts require a large amount of
storage space.  On some drives, this storage space is limited and
cannot support all languages needed.  A method that does not involve
storing all languages, while maintaining support, is disclosed.

      Multiple Language Support - When a microcode update occurs, a
new level of code is transferred to the system which completely
replaces the old one.  This method works fine when all needed support
is in that new level and the system can store all of it.  A better
method is to transfer the needed code plus support for all languages
as one image.  The system decides what language is needed, then
stores the code plus the support for that language only.  The system
then discards the rest of the transferred image.

      The system must somehow decide which language to choose from
the image.  There are two methods.  One method is to alter the
microcode update function to accommodate the selection of a language
or language group.  Another method uses a message display panel that
comes with a tape drive.  A "select language" option is used on the
panel to determine which language is stored.

      This method solves the problem of supporting multiple languages
without adding much complexity to the host support.  The host still
just transfers an image to the system.  The...