FEATURE DISABLING AND MESSAGE MASKING
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Certain features on an Electronic Reprographic System can be disabled by the operator in case of a fault allowing the system to continue to run even though certain features may not be usable. The features that can be disabled are, for example, the binder, bypass transport, duplex inverter, finisher and individual paper trays. Disabling a feature due to a fault is a short term solution to keep the system running until a Service Representative can be called. If a feature is disabled, the operator is not allowed to run a job that requires that feature. Once the operator has disabled a feature, the message on the User Interface (which is associated with that feature) is masked and therefore no longer displayed. However, a reminder message (Feature Disabled) is displayed. The Feature Disabled message reminds the operator that a feature has been disabled and a fault associated with that feature may be the reason why the system is not fully operational.