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Generic data stream format for generating final output in Printer Data Language

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000124101D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Apr-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A Generic data stream format for generating final output in a Printer Data Language.

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Generic data stream format for generating final output in Printer Data Language

Disclosed is a "generic" printer data stream from which actual printer data streams or web content can be produced easily.

     Today's high function printers can print pages in many data languages. Any one or more of these languages can be "available" (or installed) at any one time. These high function printers also need a way to print internally generated "jobs" (a set of pages for one particular topic) for the customer, service personnel, or development personnel. The dilemma comes when you only have one of the several printer data languages installed in a customers printer and want to print an internal job. The internal job must be printed in a data language that is installed.

     One could always generate the job in an available data language, from scratch, but this is a difficult task and the work for coding (programming) the different data language generators has little overlap with the work to code another.

     Additionally the same information from these internal print jobs needs to be displayed from the high function printer's web page. This is additional work the developer would need to accomplish in processing the same information as the "printable" version of the job. The web page is always available and virtually adds one more "language" that the printer must work with (i.e. HTML)

     If an internal job is created first into a generic data stream (meaning one that has many common aspects...