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Mailing Multimedia Hyperlinked Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105204D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, IR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method for mailing multimedia hyperlinked documents. With the advent of massive on-line research libraries and Multimedia, many of the documents produced for business and pleasure will contain multimedia hyperlinks. How will these documents be distributed so that the recipients can later read them with their hyperlinks intact?

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Mailing Multimedia Hyperlinked Documents

       This article describes a method for mailing multimedia
hyperlinked documents.  With the advent of massive on-line
research libraries and Multimedia, many of the documents
produced for business and pleasure will contain multimedia
hyperlinks.  How will these documents be distributed so that the
recipients can later read them with their hyperlinks intact?

       Documents that are mailed locally require no special
handling because only the reference to the document is sent.
However, documents mailed remotely do require special handling.
Multimedia documents packaged for electronic mailing must
contain the following information:

     A multimedia type indicator.
     o   Hyperlink references (i.e. document name or identifier,
         chapter, page, offset, etc.) one for each hyperlink
         contained in the document.
     o   The offset into the mailed document for each hyperlink
         reference.
     o   The visible attributes of each indicator (i.e. highlighted
         text, icon).
     o   Bitmap used for the hyperlink icon (optional).
     o   Color and length of hyperlink text for each hyperlink
         reference (optional).
     o   The text of the mailed document.

     The receiving mail system will search for each hyperlink
reference.  If the reference is found locally, then the
reference will be updated with path id...