public class MultipleDocumentHandling
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Class MultipleDocumentHandling is a printing attribute class, an enumeration, that controls finishing operations and the placement of one or more print-stream pages into impressions and onto media sheets. When the value of the Copies attribute exceeds 1, MultipleDocumentHandling also controls the order in which the copies that result from processing the documents are produced. This attribute is relevant only for a multidoc print job consisting of two or more individual docs.

Briefly, MultipleDocumentHandling determines the relationship between the multiple input (electronic) documents fed into a multidoc print job and the output (physical) document or documents produced by the multidoc print job. There are two possibilities:

In the detailed explanations below, if " a" represents an instance of document data, then the result of processing the data in document " a" is a sequence of media sheets represented by " a(*)".

The standard MultipleDocumentHandling values are:

SINGLE_DOCUMENT is the same as SEPARATE_DOCUMENTS_COLLATED_COPIES with respect to ordering of print-stream pages, but not media sheet generation, since SINGLE_DOCUMENT will put the first page of the next document on the back side of a sheet if an odd number of pages have been produced so far for the job, while SEPARATE_DOCUMENTS_COLLATED_COPIES always forces the next document or document copy on to a new sheet.

In addition, if a Finishings attribute of STAPLE is specified, then:

Note: None of these values provide means to produce uncollated sheets within a document, i.e., where multiple copies of sheet n are produced before sheet n+1 of the same document. To specify that, see the SheetCollate attribute.

IPP Compatibility: The category name returned by getName() is the IPP attribute name. The enumeration's integer value is the IPP enum value. The toString() method returns the IPP string representation of the attribute value.

extends EnumSyntax implements PrintRequestAttribute, PrintJobAttribute

See also:
Copies, Finishings, NumberUp, PageRanges, SheetCollate, Sides