(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,332,062 Bi
Phillips et al. (45) Date of Patent: Dec. 18,2001
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 09/479,957
(22) Filed: Jan. 10, 2000
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation-in-part of application No. 09/410,989, filed on Oct. 1, 1999.
(51) Int. CI.7 G03G 15/00; G03G 15/08
(52) U.S. CI 399/12; 399/24; 399/81
(58) Field of Search 399/24, 25, 27,
399/29, 12, 81
(56) References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
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Primary Examiner—Fred L. Braun (57) ABSTRACT
Systems and methods are described that allow customization of user messages in a printing system. A printing device includes a replaceable component that includes component memory. First and second message data are stored in the component memory, the message data being message text or a pointer to message text. If the message data is a pointer to message text, the message text is stored in printing device memory, in memory of a host computer or on a remote site accessible via a host computer. A first message is displayed to a user in response to detection of a first event. A second message is displayed to the user in response to detection of a second event. If the message data are pointers to message text external to the printing device, an entity delivering the messages can change the message text without reconfiguring the printing device.
26 Claims, 5 Drawing Sheets