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Method to Include Audio Objects and Non-Text Objects in Text

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040724D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Elliott, JA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A method is described to add audio annotation and non-text objects, such as graphs, to text documents. The text part of a document consists of readable characters, such as letters, members, and symbols, and formatting information, such as tabs, carrier returns, and controls describing the layout of these characters on the page. The Include Non-Text Object (INTO) control was used for pictures, but audio objects need not be actually shown on the page. Thus, the AUDO control was added. The information in it includes: a. Typical control header information. b. Name of the audio object that is accessible from this location. The text processor needs no knowledge of the real content of the audio object. There is no effect on the pagination process since the audio annotation does not take up space on the text page.

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Method to Include Audio Objects and Non-Text Objects in Text

A method is described to add audio annotation and non-text objects, such as graphs, to text documents. The text part of a document consists of readable characters, such as letters, members, and symbols, and formatting information, such as tabs, carrier returns, and controls describing the layout of these characters on the page. The Include Non-Text Object (INTO) control was used for pictures, but audio objects need not be actually shown on the page. Thus, the AUDO control was added. The information in it includes: a. Typical control header information. b. Name of the audio object that is accessible from this

location. The text processor needs no knowledge of the real content of the audio object. There is no effect on the pagination process since the audio annotation does not take up space on the text page. The performance of the text processor is not impacted by the large volume of data required to define the message. The actual definition of the message content is placed in a Non-Text Segment (NTS). Access to the audio message is provided only when the user cursors the AUDO control in the text and chooses to playback the recorded message. The actual datastream is not integrated. The AUDO referencing the message is related to the NTS defining the message via the object name in each structure. There may be multiple AUDO and INTO controls in any one document. The integration of graphics with text required some method of mixing these two environments. The solution was the creation of the Include Non-Text Object (INTO) control in the datastream. The INTO control defines a "hole" in the text where some non-text information is to be displ...