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Format for Communicating Display Unit Information in an Online Presentation Development System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000059792D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bezviner, DE: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A method is described for communicating Display Unit Information between the OP Compiler and the OP Compressor. The Online Presentation Control Language (OPCL) is a programming language designed to create stand-alone online presentations. An information developer, typically a non-programmer, uses the OPCL's commands to specify document structure, displayable text, sounds, animation, and other parts of the presentation. The Online Presentation Development System (OPDS) is a group of programs designed to create stand-alone online presentations. Online presentations include such items as product demonstrations, tutorials, and other programs in which the computer is used to present information.

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Format for Communicating Display Unit Information in an Online Presentation Development System

A method is described for communicating Display Unit Information between the OP Compiler and the OP Compressor. The Online Presentation Control Language (OPCL) is a programming language designed to create stand-alone online presentations. An information developer, typically a non-programmer, uses the OPCL's commands to specify document structure, displayable text, sounds, animation, and other parts of the presentation. The Online Presentation Development System (OPDS) is a group of programs designed to create stand- alone online presentations. Online presentations include such items as product demonstrations, tutorials, and other programs in which the computer is used to present information. The OPDS consists of three tools: -the OP Compiler which converts the OPCL into object format, -the OP Compressor which formats and compresses displayable picture elements of text and graphic shapes, and -the OP Processor which loads and executes the object code with its corresponding picture elements. A display unit (DU) is a fixed length block of data to be displayed in an online presentation. A DU may contain text, blank spaces, a picture, or a mixture of all three. Once defined, a DU may be reused on different screens or at different locations on the same screen. After an online presentation has been created, the content of a DU can be altered offline (for example, for translation), without changing how the DU is processed when the document is viewed. This method describes the format of the Display Unit Table File (DUTF). This DUTF provides communications between the OP Compiler and the OP Compressor. The DUTF is...