Glossary

The following terms are defined as they are used in InfoPrint® 4100 documentation.

The following cross-references are used in this glossary:

A

Adapter
See Network adapter.
Advanced Function Common Control Unit (AFCCU™)
An IBM® RISC-based control unit with code common to all printers that use the AFCCU.
Advanced Function Image and Graphics Facility
A capability of the InfoPrint 4100 to directly process IO1 image and DR2 vector graphics data streams.
all-points addressability
The capability to address, reference, and position text, overlays, and images at any defined point on the printable area of a page.
application
The use to which an information processing system is put; for example, a payroll application, an airline reservation application, a network application.
application program
A program written for or by a user that applies to the user's work, such as a program that does inventory control or payroll.
application programmer
A person who develops application programs. Contrast with system programmer.
auto load
In the InfoPrint 4100, the automatic forms threading facility.

B

bar code
An array of elements, such as bars, spaces, and two-dimensional modules that together represent data elements or characters in a particular symbology. The elements are arranged in a predetermined pattern following unambiguous rules define by the symbology.
bar code symbol
A combination of characters including start and stop characters, quiet zones, data characters, and check characters required by a particular symbology, that form a complete scannable entity.
bar code symbology
A bar code language. Bar code symbologies are defined and controlled by various industry groups and standards organizations. Bar code symbologies are described in public domain bar code specification documents.
basis weight
The weight in pounds of a ream (500 sheets) of paper cut to a given standard size for that grade; for example, 25 x 38 inches for book papers,   17 x 22 inches for bond papers, and other sizes for other grades. The basis weight of continuous forms for computer output is based on the size for bond papers.
binder holes
A series of holes or slots punched at set intervals that allows the form to be inserted in a loose-leaf or ring binder.
bond (paper)
Paper formulated with at least 80% wood pulp. Bond-paper forms work best in the InfoPrint 4100.

C

calender
A process to make paper smooth or glossy by passing it through a series of metal rollers during the last steps of a paper-making machine.
calender cut
Slits, glazed lines, or discolored lines across the paper caused when wrinkles pass through the calender rollers.
caliper
The thickness of forms. This is usually expressed in thousandths of an inch.
chad
(1) The material separated from a data medium when punching a hole.
(2) The residue separated from the carrier holes in continuous forms.
change
As used in InfoPrint 4100 action messages, instructs the printer operator to remove and discard a used component and then install a new one. For example, the CHANGE TONER COLLECTOR message indicates that the operator should take out the toner-collector bottle, throw it away, and put in a new one.
channel command
An instruction directing a data channel, control unit, or device to perform an operation or set of operations.
character
A letter, number, punctuation mark, or special graphic used for the production of text.
character set
(1) A finite set of different characters that is complete for a given purpose; for example, the character set in ISO Standard 646, "7-bit Coded Character Set of Information Processing Interchange."
(2) A group of characters used for a specific reason; for example, the set of characters a printer can print.
check
As used in InfoPrint 4100 action messages, instructs the printer operator to inspect a component. For example, the CHECK TONER COLLECTOR message indicates that the operator should look at the toner-collector bottle and ensure that it is physically present, in the proper place, and correctly installed.
clear
As used in InfoPrint 4100 action messages, instructs the printer operator to remove crumpled forms, paper scraps, and other debris from the printer. For example, the CLEAR UPPER TRACTOR message indicates that forms are wedged in the transfer station area, and the operator must remove them before the printer can operate.
coated paper
Paper that has had a surface coating applied to produce smoothness.
configuration
(1) The arrangement of a computer system or network as defined by the nature, the number, and the chief characteristics of its functional units. More specifically, the term configuration may refer to a hardware configuration or a software configuration.
(2) The devices and programs that make up a system, subsystem, or network.
configure
The procedure used to customize the InfoPrint 4100 to a specific operating and communication environment.
connector
A means of establishing electrical flow.
constant data
Data that does not change; for example, the company letterhead and standard text in form letters, or the headings and boxes on a preprinted form. Contrast with variable data.
continuous forms
A series of connected forms that feed continuously through a printing device. The connection between the forms is perforated to allow the user to tear them apart.
controlled-access area
An area where access is limited to authorized personnel.
controlling computer
The processing unit to which the InfoPrint 4100 are attached through a channel interface.
controlling computer system
The data-processing system to which a network is connected and with which the system can communicate.
corner cut
In a form, a cut or opening of any size containing one or more right angles.
corona
A small diameter wire (or wires, depending on the function) to which a high voltage is applied, causing ionization of the air. The ionization creates an electrical charge to perform various functions during the printing process.
cure
The process of drying ink sufficiently for minimum transfer of the ink to any parts of the printer it contacts.
Customer Support Specialist
(formerly service representative). An InfoPrint Solutions Company employee who services InfoPrint Solutions Company products in the field.
cut
The severed part of a perforation. Cuts are separated by ties. See also perforation.
cutout
A part of the form that has been eliminated or perforated for subsequent removal; for example, corner cuts and binder holes.

D

data streaming
A noninterlocked method of data transfer used by the printer channel to decrease data transfer time during write operations.
developed image
The image that has been exposed onto the photoconductor and covered with toner by the developer.
developer mix
A combination of carrier beads and toner in which the beads electrically charge the toner.
diagnostic
Pertaining to the detection and isolation of errors in programs and faults in equipment.
diagnostic mode
The operational mode in which the printer can check itself in case of a malfunction. When the InfoPrint 4100 is in diagnostic mode, it is not accepting information from the attached controlling computer system. In the InfoPrint 4100, only Customer Support Specialists can use diagnostic mode. Contrast with print mode and test mode.
direct attach
The environment in which an application program directly allocates the InfoPrint 4100 printing subsystem.
dishing
The curve a stack of forms takes when folded or refolded at the fold perforation.
diskette
A thin, flexible, magnetic disk enclosed in a protective jacket.
Document Composition Facility (DCF)
A licensed program that provides text formatting for the InfoPrint 4100.
dots per inch (dpi)
A measure of the resolution of a screen image or printed page.
down fold
Fanfold forms are alternately folded. When fanfold forms are unfolded and held horizontally, a fold is a down fold if it points down from the horizontal surface.
drag
The resistance to forms feeding freely into the printer; for example, the form rubbing against the carton.
duplex printing
A mode of printing on both sides of a form. Contrast with simplex printing.

E

electronic overlay
A collection of constant data electronically composed in the controlling computer. Can be merged with variable data on a page during printing. An electronic overlay defines its own environment. It can be in coded form or raster pattern form. See also preprinted form.
electrophotographic process
The creation of an image on forms by uniformly charging the photoconductor, creating an electrostatic image on the photoconductor, attracting negatively charged toner to the discharged areas of the photoconductor, and transferring and fusing the toner to forms.
emboss
To press and raise the surface of paper into a design. Embossed paper appears thicker than nonembossed paper, can increase printer wear, and can degrade print quality.
end-of-forms sensor
A sensor that detects when the last sheet of a form enters the printer.
error log
(1) A data set or file in a product or system where error information is stored for later access.
(2) A record of machine checks, device errors, and volume statistical data.
ESCON® channel
A channel having an Enterprise Systems Connection channel-to-control unit I/O interface that uses optical cable as a transmission medium.
Ethernet
A local area network that allows protocols to transmit on the network without prior coordination.

F

fanfold
Continuous forms that are alternately folded at regular intervals, usually on a perforation.
Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI)
An ANSI standard for a 100 Mbps LAN using optical fiber cables.
fold memory
The ability of a form to refold at the fold perforation after exposure to heat during the fusing process.
fold perforation
The perforation on which a form is folded during manufacture and refolded after printing. See also page perforation.
Font Library Service Facility (FLSF)
A licensed program that provides a way to make changes to a font while retaining its correct format, as defined by the architecture and as required by Print Services Facility™.
format
(1) The arrangement or layout of data on a data medium.
(2) The size, style, type of page, margins, printing requirements, and so on, of a printed page.
forms
The material on which output data is printed, such as paper. The area between perforations on continuous printer forms. See electronic overlay and preprinted form.
forms path
The entire route that forms travel during processing. The forms path usually begins where the forms are loaded and ends at the forms exit area. Synonym for paper path.
form definition (FORMDEF)
A statement that specifies the attributes of a physical page, such as the number of copies and one-sided or two-sided printing.
fuse
To use heat and pressure to blend toner onto forms to make a permanent bond.

G

graphic
A symbol produced by a process such as handwriting, drawing, or printing. See also vector graphics.
Graphical Data Display Manager (GDDM®)
A licensed program that allows pictures to be defined and displayed through function routines.

I

IBM World Trade Corporation
A subsidiary of IBM that manufactures and markets IBM products outside of the United States of America.
impact printer
A printer in which printing is the result of mechanical impacts. Contrast with nonimpact printer.
InfoPrint POWER® Controller
The latest production printer controller based on proven AFCCU technology and enhanced for future flexibiliby.
installation
(1) In system development, preparing and placing a functional unit in position for use.
(2) A particular computing system, including the work it does and the people who manage it, operate it, apply it to problems, service it, and use the results it produces.
Installation planning representative
An InfoPrint Solutions Company representative who assists customers in planning and meeting the requirements for installing hardware.
installation verification procedure
A procedure distributed with InfoPrint licensed programs that tests the newly installed InfoPrint programs to verify that the basic facilities of the programs are functioning correctly.
Intelligent Printer Data Stream™ (IPDS™)
Information the system sends to printers that contains decision-making capability. Generally, this information contains basic formatting, error recovery, and character data.
IPM
Impressions Per Minute
ISO sizes
Pertaining to a set of paper sizes selected from those standardized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for use in data processing.

J

jam
In a printer, a condition where forms have become blocked or wedged in the forms path so the printer cannot operate.
JES2
An MVS™ subsystem that receives jobs into the system, converts them to internal format, selects them for running, processes their output, and purges them from the system. In an installation with more than one processor, each JES2 processor independently controls its job input, scheduling, and output processing. See also JES3.
JES3
An MVS subsystem that receives jobs into the system, converts them to internal format, selects them for running, processes their output, and purges them from the system. In complexes that have several loosely coupled processing units, the JES3 program manages processors so that the global processor exercises centralized control over the local processors and distributes jobs to them via a common job queue. See also JES2.

L

LAN Adapter and Protocol Support
A subsystem that includes the software that manages and controls the network adapter cards, including the device drivers for those cards as well as the protocols that are used to communicate with other adapters on the network.
landscape orientation
Text and images that are printed parallel to the longer side of the forms. Contrast with portrait orientation.
laser (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation)
A device that emits a beam of coherent light.
latent image
In a printer, the invisible image that exists in the sensitized material after exposure but before development.
layout plan
A list of requirements, such as electrical and space, that must be considered before installing the InfoPrint 4100.
library
A collection of related files. For example, one line of an invoice may form an item, a complete invoice may form a file, and the collection of inventory control files may form a library. The libraries used by an organization are known as the data bank.
licensed program
A separately priced program that is offered to customers under the terms and conditions of the Agreement for InfoPrint Solutions Company Licensed Programs.
line printer
A printer that prints a line of characters as a unit. Contrast with page printer.
logical page
The area allocated for print on the page, such as composed text, graphics, and fonts within defined margins. Contrast with physical page.
logo
An identifying emblem, statement, or motto of a company.

M

marketing representative
An InfoPrint Solutions Company representative who takes your order.
MICR printing
The ability of a printer either to print with magnetic toner or to allow magnetic character ink recognition through a postprocessing device.
microcode
In the InfoPrint 4100, refers to the microprogramming stored on the microcode (or EC) diskette. Microcode is used by the control unit to manage the printer and its functions.
microperforation
Extremely small perforations. After forms are separated, those with microperforations typically have smoother edges than those with regular perforations.
Multiple Virtual Storage/System Product (MVS/SP™)
Consisting of MVS/System Product Version 1 and the MVS/370 Data Facility Product operating on a System/370™ processor.

N

Network adapter
A mechanism for connecting two unlike parts or machines, or for electrically or physically connecting a device to a computer or to another device.
Network protocol
See LAN Adapter and Protocol Support.
nonimpact printer
A printer in which printing is not the result of mechanical impacts. Contrast with impact printer.
nonprocess runout (NPRO)
An operation that moves forms through the forms path without printing.

O

offset paper
A grade of paper to which sizing is added to resist moisture and surface during printing by ink presses.
operating environment
The physical environment; for example, temperature, humidity, layout, or power requirements.
operating requirements
A list of requirements, such as environmental, electrical, and space, that must be satisfied before the InfoPrint 4100 can be installed.
Operating System/Virtual Storage (OS/VS)
A compatible extension of the IBM System/360™ Operating System that supports hardware and the extended control facilities of System/370
optical character recognition (OCR)
Character recognition that uses optical means to identify graphic characters.
orientation
The number of degrees an object is rotated relative to a reference; for example, the orientation of an overlay relative to the page point of origin. See also text orientation.
overlay
See electronic overlay.
Overlay Generation Language/370 (OGL/370)
The licensed program that is used to create electronic overlays.

P

page
A printed form. See also logical page and physical page.
page definition (PAGEDEF)
A statement that specifies attributes of a logical page, such as the width of its margins and the orientation of text.
page perforation
The perforation that defines the page of a form. It may or may not be at a fold in the form. A form may have several pages between each fold. See also fold perforation.
page printer
A device that prints one page as a unit. Contrast with line printer.
Page Printer Formatting Aid (PPFA)
A licensed program that creates form definitions (FORMDEFs) and page definitions (PAGEDEFs).
page segment
An AFP™ resource object containing text, image, graphics, or bar code data that can be positioned on any addressable point on a page or an electronic overlay.
pallet
A portable platform for handling, storing, or moving materials.
paper break
A separation, either at a perforation or from a tear, of the continuous-forms paper.
paper path
The entire route that forms travel while they are being processed. The paper path usually begins where the forms are loaded and ends at the forms exit area. Because not all forms are paper, the term forms path is preferred.
parallel channel
A channel having a System/360 or System/370 channel-to-control unit interface that uses bus-and-tag cables as a transmission medium. Contrast with ESCON channel.
parameter
A variable that is given a constant value for a specified application and that may denote the application.
PC drum
A hollow cylinder that is covered with photoconductive material.
pel (picture element)
(1) An element of a raster pattern; a point where a toned area on the photoconductor may appear.
(2) On an all-points-addressable output medium, each pel is an addressable unit. On a row-column addressable output medium, the only pel addressable is the beginning of a character cell.
perforation
A linear series of unconnected cuts in the continuous-forms paper. The interval between cuts is referred to as a tie. The perforation defines either a fold or page boundary. See also cut, fold perforation, microperforation, and page perforation.
photoconductor
The material that is wrapped about the drum. The medium for transferring images to paper.
physical page
The form on which the printer is printing, such as an 81/2 x 11-inch sheet of paper. Contrast with logical page.
physical planner
The person in an organization who plans the environmental, electrical, and space requirements for your facility.
planning coordinator
The person in your organization who is responsible for coordinating all the planning and installation activities for the InfoPrint 4100.
plant
A manufacturing location.
point of origin
The location of the first print position on a logical page. The point of origin is usually stated in terms of X and Y coordinates. The point of origin used by a printer can be affected by factors such as printable area and forms orientation.
portrait orientation
Pertaining to a display or hard copy with greater height than width. Contrast with landscape orientation.
preprinted form
A sheet of forms containing a preprinted design of constant data with which variable data can be combined. See also electronic overlay.
Print Management Facility (PMF)
An interactive menu-driven program that can be used to create and modify fonts and to define output formatting for data printed on the InfoPrint 4100.
print mode
The operational mode in which information is received from the attached controlling computer system and printed output is produced. Contrast with test mode and diagnostic mode.
print position
The physical positions of the characters constituting a print line relative to the form.
print quality
The quality of printed output relative to existing standards and in comparison with jobs printed earlier.
Print Quality Enhancement (PQE)
A printer facility that provides edge smoothing along diagonal lines, fine fidelity protection, and independent boldness control.
Print Services Access Facility (PSAF)
A menu-driven, print-parameter selection program for page printers controlled by PSF.
print surface
The side of a form that receives the printed image.
printer utility module (PUM)
A section of Printer 1 in a duplex configuration. It includes:
Protocol
See LAN Adapter and Protocol Support.

R

raster
(1) In computer graphics, a predetermined pattern of lines that provides uniform coverage of a display space.
(2) The coordinate grid that divides the display area of a display device.
(3) In the InfoPrint 4100 Printer Subsystem, an on/off pattern of electrostatic images produced by the laser print head under control of the character generator.
raster pattern
A series of picture elements (pels) arranged in scan lines to form an image.
registration
In printing, refers to the relative print positions of images that are printed at different times. For example, when you process preprinted forms, the registration is good if the new image printed by the InfoPrint 4100 aligns correctly with the preprinted image. Print that extends beyond box edges and text that overlaps other text are examples of poor registration.
resource
(1) People, equipment, or material used to perform a task or a project.
(2) Any facility of a computing system or operating system required by a job or task, including main storage, input/output devices, processing units, data sets, and controller processing programs; for example, page printers use resources such as form definitions, page definitions, and fonts.
reverse heading
A heading where each character is highlighted by reversing the color of the character with its background; for example, changing a black character on a white background to a white character on a black background.

S

scanner
A device that examines OCR, graphics, MICR, or bar-code patterns and generates electrical signals corresponding to the pattern. It sends the signals to a computing device for processing.
screen or screening
In document printing, a sheet of material, usually film, carrying a regular pattern of small dots. When printing, ink adheres only to the dots, and many dots close together appear solid. This method prints large areas of ink on paper but uses much less ink than printing the same area with solid ink.
security paper
Specially formulated paper used for negotiable documents, such as checks, which improves the anti-fraud characteristics of the document.
service representative
This title has been changed. See theCustomer Support Specialist entry.
shift
A scheduled work period. For example, a 24-hour day is often divided into three 8-hour shifts.
simplex printing
Pertaining to printing on only one side of a form. Contrast with duplex printing.
sizing
A process where paper is treated to give it resistance against penetration of liquids.
special-purpose materials
Printable items other than blank forms; for example, preprinted forms.
stack lean
A measurable slope from the vertical of a stack of forms. Excessive stack lean can cause failures when feeding and refolding forms.
Synchronous Data Link Control (SDLC)
For managing synchronous, code-transparent, serial-by-bit, information transfer over a link connection.
system reference code
A code that contains information, such as a failing field-replaceable unit, for a Customer Support Specialist.
system programmer
A programmer who plans, generates, maintains, extends, and controls the use of an operating system, with the aim of improving overall productivity of an installation. Contrast with application programmer.
System/370
An upward-compatible extension of the IBM System/360. A large collection of computing system devices that can be combined to produce a wide range of computing systems that share many characteristics, including a common machine language.

T

task
A basic unit of work to be accomplished by a device or an operator.
TCP/IP
Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. A set of communication protocols that support peer-to-peer connectivity functions for both local and wide area networks.
tensile strength
A measure of the force that the paper forms can withstand without tearing.
test mode
The operational mode in which the printer can produce print samples, accept configuration changes, and control traces. When the InfoPrint 4100 are in test mode, they is not accepting information from the attached controlling computer system. Contrast with print mode and diagnostic mode.
text orientation
The position of text as a combination of print direction and baseline direction.
tie
The interval between cuts of a perforation. See also perforation.
Token
In a local area network, a particular message or bit pattern passed successively from one attaching device to another to indicate which protocol has permission to transmit.
Token ring
A network with a ring topology that passes tokens from one attaching device to another.
toner
The material that forms the image on the paper.
trace
(1) A record of the running of a computer program. It exhibits the sequences in which the instructions were executed.
(2) To record a series of events as they occur.
(3) In the InfoPrint 4100, a Customer Support Specialist and customer analysis procedure.
tractor
The mechanism that controls movement of continuous forms by way of holes (see tractor holes).
tractor holes
The holes in the side margins on continuous forms. When placed on the tractor pins, the holes maintain printer alignment and registration, and control the movement of the paper.
Two-Channel Switch
A hardware facility that allows an input or output device to be attached to two channels. In a 3900 Advanced Function Printing™ System, this facility is automatically supplied when two System/370 Parallel channels are installed.

U

up fold
Fanfold forms are alternately folded. When fanfold forms are unfolded and held horizontally, a fold is an up fold if it points up from the horizontal surface.

V

variable data
The data that can vary; for example, the names and addresses in form letters.
vector graphics
Computer graphics in which display images are generated from display commands and coordinate data. Contrast with raster pattern.
Virtual Storage Extended (VSE)
An operating system that is an extension of Disk Operating System/Virtual Storage.
Virtual Storage Extended/Advanced Functions (VSE/AF)
The minimum operating system support for a VSE-controlled installation.
void
(1) A missing part of the printed character.
(2) A missing piece of a continuous form.