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Generic Printer Data Stream Implementation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039261D
Original Publication Date: 1987-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Chen, JN Chukran, RE Henson, LW Williams, SC [+details]

Abstract

Most printers have unique data streams which require applications to provide different support for each printer. If an attached system printer does not match the support provided by an application, the application users may not get their desired output. The problem of trying to support different types of printers in a multi-user, multi-printer environment has two major solution strategies: 1. Each application writes special code to support every potential printer and requires the application users to link in this special code for the appropriate printer (this is the DOS Application approach), or 2.