Human Factors Design Control Panel for Printers
Original Publication Date: 1985-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
A human factors approach to formatting printers at the printer without the benefit of having an attached workstation is described. Some computers store data as unformatted files. The task of formatting the data for correct printout can be done in two ways. Either modify the computer programs to send formatted data to the printer, or have the printer apply formatting statements to rearrange the data into a readable format. Since reprogramming is costly, the economical choice is to not modify the programs, but to make the printer programmable to the extent that it applies formatting controls which govern margins, line lengths, paper size, etc. Each of the format controls usually requires a dedicated push button -- a margin button, a paper length button, a line spacing button, a typestyle button, etc.