Samba and Fax

Simon Hyde shyde at
Sat Sep 20 18:03:42 GMT 1997

On Sun, 21 Sep 1997 03:29:48 +1000, you wrote:

>> I looked at this, however this simply uses a substring search to find
>> the faxnumber in the body of the document.
>> This is a problem for two reasons - one, we have to train everyone to
>> enter faxes a certain way, and typing and syntax mistakes are not
>> immediately obvious.
>> As a result, this will end up an administrative and support nightmare
>> for us.
>> Any other solutions?
>there are fields in microtoss word documents and others (msvc programmers
>will be familiar with the implementation of these, in storage/streams; 
>users will be familiar with viewing specialised streams: pulling up the
>"properties" on a microtoss word or excel document will give you info on
>these fields contain "author", "revision", "comments", version info, etc etc.
>some systems dedicate one of these fields, which can be entered under the 
>document properties (somewhere - don't ask me where), to have a specific 
>e.g the "comment" field can contain "fax: +44 1xxx xxx xxxx".
>Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton (lkcl at
>Web site under construction  (
>"Confront difficulties while they are still easy"

A simple macro could probably be written to do the following:
1. Add a fax number to the comment field
2. Turn on printing of Summary Info as the first page
3. Switch the current printer driver to the fax device
4. Print the document

This could be put on one of the toolbar's and maybe a File, Fax option added
and then the (at least for word) could be copied to a central 
location from where it could be retrieved upon re-install of word, not 
too much work when you're setting up a system I would say.

Then on the Samba system you would simply analyse and delete the first page.
Throwing out the job if it isn't summary info (ie the user didn't print through
the macro).

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