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Specifying Method for Printing 3270 Attributes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120543D
Original Publication Date: 1991-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Malcolm, JW: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article relates to the Communications Manager portion of IBM OS/2 Extended Edition. The user needs to be able to specify how 3270 field and character attributes will be handled when the presentation space is printed.

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Specifying Method for Printing 3270 Attributes

      This article relates to the Communications Manager
portion of IBM OS/2 Extended Edition.  The user needs to be able to
specify how 3270 field and character attributes will be handled when
the presentation space is printed.

      Each character in a 3270 presentation space has certain host
attributes associated with it.  In a 3270 terminal emulator, many of
these attributes are represented to the user by different foreground
and background colors on the display.  Other host attributes, such as
underscore, are represented by the expected appearance (e.g., by
underscoring the character).

      The host also supports a 'non-display' attribute.  The text
exists in the presentation space, but is not displayed on the screen.
These fields are used for passwords, etc.

      When the presentation space is printed, the user may or may not
wish to have these attributes included in the printed output.  Some
examples of criteria for the decision are:
    Performance of printing (printing attributes may
    take longer to print).
    Printer resource usage (printing a black
    background would use more ribbon/toner).
    The ultimate use for the printed output (make into
    a chart for a presentation vs. printing a note for
    personal reference).

      Also, a security problem might exist if the text in non-display
fields was printed.

      The user has specified the desired colors for displaying the
various attributes on the display.

      The following set of rules was developed to cover the different
user requirements.

      The user is asked to select from three options how the 3270 at-
tributes and colors will be mapped to the printer:
      1.  Ignore all attributes
      2.  Honor foreground attribu...