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Soft Labelling of Computer Products

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117283D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Sawdon, D: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of providing product standards compliance (and other) information on demand by taking advantage of developments in the interface to the Visual Display Unit (VDU).

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Soft Labelling of Computer Products

      Disclosed is a method of providing product standards compliance
(and other) information on demand by taking advantage of developments
in the interface to the Visual Display Unit (VDU).

      Computer products require many labels or marks to show that
they comply with the market or state requirements for countries in
which they are marketed.  Declarations of conformance are now
becoming common but it is difficult (expensive and time consuming) to
get them to the customer.  Conflicting labelling/marking pressures
are:
  o  To show the full range of certifications and compliances,
  o  "Dilution" of the trade mark by having other marks on products,
  o  Lack of physical space on some products, especially portables,
  o  Legal labelling requirements.

      Although a small number of labels/marks are legally required to
be displayed on the product the majority simply need to appear
"somewhere".  Another class of label/mark would enhance the marketing
of the product but their application is not mandatory.

      The solution proposed here is to take advantage of the fact
that virtually all computer products have an associated monitor
screen to put the marks into firmware inside the product and to
display them on the monitor during the power-up sequence or in
response to a hot-key request to do so.

      The latest generation of VDU interfaces (SIM, P&P and DDC) all
permit devices to  be queried in order...