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News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The disclosures herein generally relate to an information processing apparatus, a setting information management method and a recording medium.
"A print control method has been known in which, in order to provide a print environment that is effective for reducing operational costs of a printing apparatus without greatly changing the print settings of the print data set by a user, predetermined priorities are set for multiple setting items of the print settings and at least one of the multiple setting items of the print settings set by the user at the time of printing of the print data is changed according to the predetermined set priorities (refer to, for example, Patent Document 1).
"An information processing apparatus such as a PC (Personal Computer) or a server apparatus performs a process defined in advance by a program.
"The information processing apparatus may be able to change the contents of the process (operation of the program) according to the situation. The information processing apparatus reads setting values (or properties) from outside the program and changes the operation according to the setting values. In this kind of information processing apparatus which changes the operation according to the setting values, the user-friendliness has been improved by allowing the setting values to be changed by the user according to the user environment.
"In this kind of information processing apparatus which changes the operation according to the setting values, not only the user but also, for example, an administrator may have a request for controlling the setting values. There is a problem that in this kind of information processing apparatus which changes the operation according to the setting values, it cannot handle the request from a person who is not the user, for example, an administrator, for controlling the setting values.
"[Patent Document 1] Japanese Patent Application Publication No. 2006-139603"
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "It is a general object of at least one embodiment of the present invention to provide an information processing apparatus, a setting information management method and a recording medium in which an administrator can easily perform the management of the setting values that determine the operation of the program.
"In one embodiment, an information processing apparatus is disclosed. The information processing apparatus includes a memory unit configured to store first setting values associated with setting items for a program in accordance with multiple priority levels, a given one of the setting items being associated with one or more of the first setting values, and each of the first setting values having one of the priority levels assigned thereto; a setting information management unit configured to obtain the first setting values from the memory unit, and to create second setting values for the program by selecting, as one of the second setting values, one of the first setting values for any given setting item from one or more of the first setting values associated with the given setting item such that the one of the first setting values selected for the given setting item has a highest priority level among the one or more of the first setting values associated with the given setting item; and a program management unit configured to start the program that operates based on the created second setting values.
"According to the present embodiment, it becomes easy for the administrator to control the setting values that determine the operation of the program.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"Other objects and further features of embodiments will become apparent from the following detailed description when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
"FIG. 1 is a drawing illustrating a configuration example of an information processing system according to the present embodiment.
"FIG. 2 is a hardware configuration example of a computer according to the present embodiment.
"FIG. 3 is an example of a process block diagram of an information processing apparatus.
"FIG. 4 is an example of a process block diagram of a setting unit.
"FIG. 5 is an example of a flowchart illustrating a procedure of a start-up process.
"FIG. 6 is a drawing illustrating a configuration example of setting information stored in a memory unit.
"FIGS. 7A through 7C are drawings illustrating contents of setting files.
"FIG. 8 is a drawing illustrating contents of a created setting file.
"FIG. 9 is a flowchart illustrating a procedure of a setting change process.
"FIG. 10 is a drawing illustrating contents of setting information transmitted to a setting change UI unit.
"FIG. 11 is a drawing illustrating an image of a setting change screen.
"FIG. 12 is a drawing illustrating contents of a setting file of Priority B after the change.
"FIG. 13 is a flowchart illustrating another example of the procedure of the setting change process.
"FIG. 14 is a drawing illustrating a configuration example of the setting information stored in a setting management apparatus."
For additional information on this patent application, see: TAKIGAWA, Minako. Information Processing Apparatus, Setting Information Management Method and Recording Medium. Filed
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