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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000025791D
Original Publication Date: 1988-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-04

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Xerox Disclosure Journal


The capability to interrupt a job in a copy machine is often desired to allow an operator to perform manual operations or make settings useful for certain limited pre-programmed operation of the machine. In the past, several approaches have been tried, primarily directed to programming the machine to operate for a preset number of iterations before pausing. Unfortunately, the page number indicated on any particular document is often not an accurate document count, because it fails to include title pages, tables of contents, revision pages, and other pages not in a normal numerical sequence. Accordingly this method of operation is not favored by operators because it requires manually counting documents until the desired pause position is reached to accurately program the machine as to where in the document the pause should occur. Other arrangements for separating document jobs automatically have included separate job sheets insertable between groups of documents, and coded machine readable messages.