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User Customizable System Pages for Infoprint Manager

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014764D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A program is disclosed that provides an Infoprint Manager (IpM) user with customizable system pages, including headers and trailers. These system pages can be customized on the fly, without any recompiles, downtime of Infoprint Manager, or knowledge of the Mixed Object Document Content Architecture (MODCA), which have been necessary for headers and trailers in the past. Infoprint Manager is a print server which manages a set of heterogeneous printers. This disclosure is related to the Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) printers. The system is comprised of three related parts. The key software piece is a module which is linked into the PSF portion of IpM like other custom headers and trailers. It is responsible for the generation of MODCA used to print the system page. During system page generation, this software reads user created attributes and values and the user specified configuration file. It places no restrictions on those attributes or values defined by the user. The system page is generated by matching the users attributes and values with the attributes defined in the configuration file. The other two parts are the set of input attributes and values and the configuration file. For the input data, the user is required to use the passthru