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Method for presenting on-line content as a cyber book

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000005067D
Publication Date: 2001-Aug-07
Document File: 4 page(s) / 108K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for presenting on-line content as a cyber book. Benefits include improved east of locating, updating, and distributing on-line information.

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Method for presenting on-line content as a cyber book

Disclosed is a method for presenting on-line content as a cyber book. Benefits include improved east of locating, updating, and distributing on-line information.

Background

Conventional methods of accessing the Internet using a browser allow the user unlimited access to all unrestricted websites. When lists of websites are organized, they are currently maintained as a set of related links under listed topics. Users follow a link to a website and start looking at its web pages. The target page may or may not have material pertaining to the subject of interest to the user. Even with the addition of software components to prevent access to objectionable websites, focus on the target subject of interest cannot be guaranteed.

Description

A user's time can be made productive if the rich information on the Internet is made available in a way that is analogous to paper books. The information in the book is limited and does not include subjects outside the scope of the book's topic. In addition, the content of the book is organized as chapters with a formal table of contents and, often, a keyword index. The author of a cyber book could layout chapters about a particular subject. Individual chapters may be written by other authors and may be located on a variety of websites. The cyber book binds the sites together seamlessly without indication to the reader/user (see Figure 1). Other information and website content are not available to the reader, as is the case with printed book.

The implementation mechanism restricts the reader to only the contents of the cyber book (see Figure 2). This mechanism becomes useful for developing on-line material for young readers who may accidentally visit websites that do not have contents appropriate for the child's age or relevant to the subject the child is attempting to learn.

Cyber books can contain rich media formats such as audio, video, still images, and animation. This variety helps people researching a topic by make available a wide variety of relevant materials.

The analogy of accessing the Internet content through books can be extended to visiting the library. The user can locate a book about a subject of interest. He/she may read an abstract and examine the table of contents. If the book is one the reader wants, he/she can check it out.

Unlike paper books, cyber Books are available for the user to read online.

The cyber book implementation mechanism utilizes a database to store book content and structure (see Figure 3). When a translated version of a book is created, a new source file with structure information is process with existing content. When a book is updated, a new source file with structure and content information is compared against the structure and content information from the cyber book database to create an updated version of the cyber book dat...