Method of Detecting Printer Inactivity
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
In an impact printer/typewriter, the ribbon is moved to a visibility position to allow the operator to view the output during periods of printer inactivity. The "view text" function of the printer/typewriter mechanism determines or specifies when the ribbon should be moved to allow the printed output to be examined by the operator. Another function of the inactivity time out is to place the printer in a "low power consumption" mode. This function is applicable even for printers not employing a "visibility" position for the ribbon.