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Original Publication Date: 2000-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

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Described is a usability enhancement for the association of physical characteristics with print engine control parameters, optimized to the media's end use application. This usability enhancement allows for a single operator action to switch between media of different sizes and optimized engine control parameters. A print engine has potentially varying optimal operating points, depending on the physical characteristics of the media being used. For example, the engine parameters effecting optimal fusing can vary between paper media and vinyl label media. For a second example, engine control parameters for optimal readability of bar code symbols may be different than those settings for a high optical density, desired with normal text printing. Previous embodiments of printer customization for media types involved the setting of media sizes, followed by the setting of engine control parameters in separate steps by the operator of the print engine. These steps had to be repeated each time the media was changed. The usability enhancement described here removes the multiple step process of printer engine setup each time the physical media characteristics and optimal engine control parameters change. In the typical embodiment of this enhancement, a group of structures, called media types, which hold engine parameter settings, is made available to the user. Contained in each media type is a group of engine parameters, which can be altered to optimize print engine performance for a particular media. Each media type may be uniquely named by the user. Several predefined media types are filled out for common media types, such as paper, plastic and vinyl. A second group of structures, called form definitions, is provided which hold the physical media characteristics, such as size, weight, and number of perforations per sheet. One form definition is associated with each different media being used in the print engine. Each form definition may be uniquely named by the user. Several predefined form definitions are filled out for common physical media characteristics, such as letter, legal, and ledger.