【目的】 端末装置を印刷データの受信や印刷実行のた めに長時間専有するのをなくし、端末装置の有効利用を 図る。
【構成】 端末装置から所定の処理データを入力したと きに、帳票の印刷を後で行うように印刷方法を指定する と、ホストコンピュータから送り返された印刷データは プリンタに送らず、一旦記憶装置に格納される。こうし て、格納された印刷データはその後随時個別に取り出さ れて印刷される。
PURPOSE: To prevent terminal equipment from being occupied for a long time by immediately storing data not to be printed in a storage device when printing data are received from a host computer and executing printing at any arbitrary timing later.
CONSTITUTION: A host computer 1 and terminal equipment 3 are connected through a communication line 2. When prescribed processing data are inputted from the terminal equipment 3 and a printing method is designated to perform the printing of a form later, the printing data sent back from the host computer 1 are not transmitted to a printer 11 but are temporarily stored in a storage device (magnetic disk device) 12. The printing data stored like this are successively individually extracted and printed later. In this case, the printing method for printing data can be stored in the storage device 12 together when transferring the printing data from the host computer 1. Besides, the other printing data are periodically erased excepting for such case that it is necessary to preserve the printing data after the storage of printing data in the storage device 12 so that a storage area can be effectively utilized.