Request Alternate Destination When No Printer Available for IBM 3287 Emulation Printing With Word Processors
Original Publication Date: 1984-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
The word processor emulating an IBM 3287 printer can experience a delay to the printing of host data if there is a printing operation already taking place at the word processor when the host attempts to print. There are situations where more than one word processor shares a common printer and another word processor may be controlling the printer when a print operation to the word processor performing a 3287 emulation is attempted. Normally, this would result in the host (for example, an IBM System/370) waiting until the shared printer becomes available to the word processor performing the 3287 emulation; however, this situation will result in a waste of host computer time and of network resources. This problem is solved by causing the data, received from the host to be printed, to be stored on diskette instead.