Original Publication Date: 1999-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-08
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Disclosed is the use of an Internet protocol address or a centralized name server for the purpose of providing networked printing capabilities to electrophotographic printing machines. Machines having Internet addresses allow for worldwide connectivity between the printers and network numbers assigned by the Network Information Center (NIC). This allows organizations to submit applications to the NIC for printer addresses. The NIC assigns a network number and a range of addresses appropriate for the number of printers on the network. The printers are then treated like any other host device. There are a number of candidate protocols that may be used in an Internet environment to communicate between printers including FTP, Telnet, HTTP, NNTP, and MIME. These protocols provide for the negotiation of data representation and thereby allow networked based printers to be manufactured independently of the development of new and advanced document representations. If the Internet protocol addressing is not supported by the local area network in which the printers operate, then a local naming service such as Novell Name Service can be used.