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Multimedia Extensions to Tutorial Manager for Officevision

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101307D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Baber, R: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is a method for adding multimedia (image, audio, motion video) capability to the Tutorial Manager application.

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Multimedia Extensions to Tutorial Manager for Officevision

       Described is a method for adding multimedia (image,
audio, motion video) capability to the Tutorial Manager application.

      OfficeVision for OS/2* provides a tutorial facility programmed
via an authoring language (Tutorial Manager) that uses
BookMaster*-like tags.  It does not, however, provide tags for
inclusion of the multimedia tutorials (audio, image, and motion
video). Powerful multimedia educational systems, such as InfoWindow*
and others, are offered, but these are inappropriate when a quick
tutorial or other help is needed by the user on the same workstation
that runs the product.

      The problem is easily solved by the addition of multimedia tags
to Tutorial Manager, which in turn call the APIs that interface with
low level device drivers. Initially the tags will allow hardcoding of
playback (i.e., play video from frame 100 to 450, play audio file x,
etc.), but tags will also be included which can be used later by
object handlers to enable authoring of presentations by users.

      This solution uses APIs and drivers common to other multimedia
OV/2 applications.  There are at least four advantages to this
approach:
     1) It supports a common set of hardware devices (laser disk
players, CD-ROM, scanners, etc.).
     2) It supports a common set of file formats and software
protocols.
     3) Tutorial Manager need not be updated as new devices are
added.
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