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Temporary Multimedia Presentation State Container

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105107D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

With the advent of graphical desktops, graphical applications often present users with an overwhelming number of objects on their desktops. Desktops are often cluttered with objects that are not necessary. A more specific problem is the situation of icons which represent multimedia presentations. Often, these icons will exist on a desktop even after the user has viewed the entire presentation. Current graphical interfaces, typically, require the user to perform some delete action on the icon to remove the icon from the desktop. For example, drag and drop the icon into the trash container. Many times users wish to delete multimedia icons after viewing the presentation. Moreover, some multimedia presentations are distributed to users with importance attributes, i.e., importance indicator, sensitivity indicators, etc.

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Temporary Multimedia Presentation State Container

      With the advent of graphical desktops, graphical applications
often present users with an overwhelming number of objects on their
desktops.  Desktops are often cluttered with objects that are not
necessary.  A more specific problem is the situation of icons which
represent multimedia presentations.  Often, these icons will exist on
a desktop even after the user has viewed the entire presentation.
Current graphical interfaces, typically, require the user to perform
some delete action on the icon to remove the icon from the desktop.
For example, drag and drop the icon into the trash container.  Many
times users wish to delete multimedia icons after viewing the
presentation.  Moreover, some multimedia presentations are
distributed to users with importance attributes, i.e., importance
indicator, sensitivity indicators, etc.  Thus, users are given an
indication of the significance of the multimedia presentation.  Yet,
users must still manually drag and drop such items to a disposal
repository after viewing/hearing the entire presentation.  Users
desire a mechanism by which the multimedia icon will automatically
delete itself after being completely viewed/heard by the user based
on the presentation's attributes.  For example, a user may wish for
all LOW importance presentations to be automatically placed in the
trash can when the presentation has been played to it's entirety.
Thus, allowing the user to retrieve the presentation from the trash
can if the object is considered more significant.  Current systems to
not take into account the viewing state of a multimedia presentation
as a criteria for automatic disposal.

      This article addresses a method and apparatus for controlling
multimedia presentation containers on a desktop.  More specifically,
it allows users to control presentation of multimedia icons based on
user criterion in relation to viewing state of the presentation.  A
Registration service allows the user to define a state for which the
presentation can be considered completed, e.g., end-of-file reached
during a play operation.  This allows the user to define criteria for
which the presentation may be considered comple...