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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026187D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05

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Xerox Disclosure Journal


In a reprographic system capable of scanning a wide variety of input documents in an open-platen mode, it is desirable to have an alternate Start Copy or Start Scan switch that is operated by the user's foot. For example, when copying a bound document, it is generally easier to hold the document in a flat, registered position using two hands. However, reprographic systems which are currently available require the user to depress a Start button located on, or in the vicinity of, the user interface. The present invention is intended to enhance machine/operator productivity by facilitating the initiation of the copy or scan operations. In general, the alternate Start button is not limited to a foot actuated switch, but may be any type of switch suitable for non-manual actuation, thereby freeing the hands for document placement operations.