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Personal Area Network Clipboard with Dynamic Data Exchange

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028238D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Providing Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) on a Personal Area Network (PAN) would allow users to cut, copy, and paste data between multiple applications on multiple machines on a PAN. Today exchanging data on a PAN is usually handled via FTP, email, messengers, and synchronization software which can be cumbersome and time consuming, because the data must be in softcopy format. By making one machine a DDE host machine on the PAN, many devices can access the PAN DDE to retrieve data, allowing users to do things like copy a line of text on a PC and paste it on a PDA.

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Personal Area Network Clipboard with Dynamic Data Exchange

Most current operating systems allow the use of Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) which is a system capable of exchanging information to and from different applications or form areas. A common implementation of DDE is a OS System Clipboard area which allows a user to cut and paste information from one application/form to another. However, sometimes the information you want to copy is on another device or system in the same room. To transfer this information today, one might use FTP, Email, network shares, etc, if both devices have that capability. These methods can prove to be tedious and lengthy because it requires a user to make a softcopy instance of the data to send it via these mediums. This publication defines a Personal Area Network (such as bluetooth) DDE, where in all connected devices can utilize the network DDE in addition to their own DDE systems. To make things extremely easy for users, this system could automatically populate itself with data when a user copies information to their local DDE, which would allow a user to use System Commands or Key Strokes for that device type to perform such actions as cut, copy, and paste between two networked systems via a PAN Clipboard DDE.

The PAN DDE can either be a process running on one host machine or a stand-alone PAN device that contains storage space. Devices can then be programmed via drivers to automatically send clipboard events to the PAN DDE Host, a...