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Original Publication Date: 1998-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-08

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal


Disclosed is a machine recognizable Thermal Ink Jet (TIJ) ink cartridge which can provide relevant specifications of the cartridge, for example, ink color, number of colors, and the like, to a machine sensor or sensors by, for example, pins or notches that are molded into the cartridge body, and wherein different color inks have cartridge bodies with a common or interchangeable geometry and size. The relevant specification information is communicated to the applicable drivers and to the user to indicate, for example, ink incompatibilities, product variations, and the like, but still permit printing capability if appropriate. The machine recognizable ink cartridge enables a multitude of black and white, and color print modes depending upon the particular cartridges selected for use by the user. The printer driver combination endeavors to provide optimal printing and color characteristics based upon the availability of resident recognized cartridges.