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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027323D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal


Disclosed is a method for informing printing system users of a "media policy" governing a printing system. The media policy of a device, which can be specified by a system administrator, provides a set of rules for loading a specific output tray with a particular type of media. Generally, information concerning a print media policy is made accessible either at the printing system or at a remote network user's location. Defining a "media policy" for a particular machine or a cite is advantageous because incorrect guesses of media typically loaded in a paper supply are eliminated. Consequently, wasted printing resources such as toner and paper are minimized. Information is provided to a user concerning a printing system's implemented media policy when loading paper in a tray or when deciding which tray to select when printing remotely. For example, a user printing from a remote location would define default paper selection criteria in accordance with a printing system's or a cite's implemented media policy.