Method of Providing Printer Sharing Transparency
Original Publication Date: 1987-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
When a single printer is shared between multiple users, the appearnace of each user having his or her own printer may be given by the use of a method that stores the formatting parameters for each user. With the IBM TYPE 5218 printer driver program and its printer sharing scheme, each PC sharing the printer has its own PC memory resident copy of the printer driver program. This has the nice effect that the printer driver program in each PC remembers the user's formatting parameters such as pitch, line spacing, margins, emphasis print, etc. Then when the user prints something, even after other user's have printed something the printing has the same formatting as this user's previously printed document. Therefore, the printer sharing scheme is said to be "transparent" to the user.