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National Language Support Duration Specification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104812D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

Multimedia presentations are isochronous by nature, i.e., timing characteristics are the basis for conveying the information. For example, video frames must be presented in a particular order and at particular speed to convey the desired information. A particular introductory segment may be 5 minutes long; thus, at least 5 minutes will be necessary for the user to hear the entire introductory segment. Recent advances in multimedia authoring applications permit users to designate particular segments of a presentation for audio recording. These segments allow a user to record a message within a designated time range. However, to speak a phrase in one language may differ in duration from another language. Thus, the amount of time reserved for a vocal response in one language may be insufficient in another language.

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National Language Support Duration Specification

      Multimedia presentations are isochronous by nature, i.e.,
timing characteristics are the basis for conveying the information.
For example, video frames must be presented in a particular order and
at particular speed to convey the desired information.  A particular
introductory segment may be 5 minutes long; thus, at least 5 minutes
will be necessary for the user to hear the entire introductory
segment.  Recent advances in multimedia authoring applications permit
users to designate particular segments of a presentation for audio
recording.  These segments allow a user to record a message within a
designated time range.  However, to speak a phrase in one language
may differ in duration from another language.  Thus, the amount of
time reserved for a vocal response in one language may be
insufficient in another language.  It is desirable to have a method
and apparatus for interchanging National Language Support (NLS)
within a multimedia environment.

      This article addresses a method by which a multimedia
presentation that has designated segments for recording can be
modified to encompass the differing characteristics of languages; in
particular, the typical durations that may be necessary for specified
segments in an audio presentation.  This allows for all recording
segments to be expanded for longer or shorter durations based on the
language used to present the multimedia object.  A creation of a
special attribute designates duration deltas that can be added or
deleted to the duration times spe...