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Printer Device Driver Property Settings Dialog On an Open Action

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121068D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 3 page(s) / 166K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Boeving, RD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method for which an OS/2* Office printer may have its associated device driver property settings changed in a quick and efficient manner. Through an open action on an OS/2 Office printer, a dialog box is displayed giving end users and system administrators immediate access to a device driver's property settings. The property settings may then be inspected and, if needed, changes can be made and then saved. Changes saved are permanent and are only cancelled by further changes.

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Printer Device Driver Property Settings Dialog On an Open Action

      This article describes a method for which an OS/2* Office
printer may have its associated device driver property settings
changed in a quick and efficient manner.  Through an open action on
an OS/2 Office printer, a dialog box is displayed giving end users
and system administrators immediate access to a device driver's
property settings. The property settings may then be inspected and,
if needed, changes can be made and then saved.  Changes saved are
permanent and are only cancelled by further changes.

      Currently, within OS/2 Office, there is no method for changing
the device driver property settings of an OS/2 Office printer other
than at print time from the "Print/Plot" dialog box.  Users may
change device driver property settings from within OS/2 Print
Manager.  Changing an OS/2 Office printer's settings using the OS/2
Print Manager demands knowledge of all the connections used to
complete the association of the OS/2 Office printer with the device
driver.  For instance, if the Print Manager defined printer name is
not known, users must use the Print Manager queue name to find the
associated Print Manager printer name.  If the OS/2 Office printer is
associated with a Print Manager, direct printer users must instead
find the printer name through the OS/2 Office printer instance Device
Properties panel.  If the OS/2 Print Manager defined queue name is
not known, users must find it through the OS/2 Office printer
instance Device Properties panel.  Performing such time-consuming
indirect actions are not intuitive, and most novice users will not,
in all likelihood, be able to make such changes in this fashion.

      In OS/2 Office, a Printer is a device object existing on the
OS/2 Office window as an instance or within the New Icons Folder
(NIF) window as a basic template.  A printer instance is represented
by an icon and processing for the instance is handled by a Printer
Icon Procedure (IPROC). Every Printer IPROC associates itself with a
Print Manager defined queue or direct printer (printers without an
attached queue).  This association is controlled by the end user but
may have been preset by a system administrator. This invention
involves any OS/2 Office printer associated with either a Print
Manager queue or Printer Manager direct printer.

      The OS/2 Office window allows the existence of multiple
printers.  Each printer instance is created by the end user and/or
the system administrator.  The end user is the initiator of the print
process. An OS/2 Office printer allows certain objects to be
"dropped" upon its icon.  When one or more objects are dropped upon a
printer's icon, the end user will receive a "Print/Plot" dialog box
if the "Review" option is set to affirmative for that printer.  A
second method of printing involves the end user first selecting the
desired object(s) and then selecting "Print/Plot" from the "File"
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