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Methodology for Confirmation of Segmental Access

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107809D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Keller, RS: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Often an originator wishes to know if a recipient has viewed a specific portion of a document. Prior methods allow an originator to be notified of document access (e.g., filed, deleted, viewed). However, there is no conveying of the extent of the access for the document. Such confirmation is desirable when the pertinent information is within the media. The concern of the originator may not be the accessing of a document, but if viewing has occurred at a particular segment of the document.

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Methodology for Confirmation of Segmental Access

       Often an originator wishes to know if a recipient has
viewed a specific portion of a document. Prior methods allow an
originator to be notified of document access (e.g., filed, deleted,
viewed). However, there is no conveying of the extent of the access
for the document.  Such confirmation is desirable when the pertinent
information is within the media. The concern of the originator may
not be the accessing of a document, but if viewing has occurred at a
particular segment of the document.

      The creation of a Confirmation of Access (COA) object can be
incorporated into a distribution object. The COA is cognizant of the
sequence of events within the object. A service at the originating
node allows the user to specify the segment within the distribution
that a notification should be sent back to the originator. This
method allows the originator to get multiple notifications on a
single distribution. For example, there may be three scenes within a
video message. The originator may want to know when the recipient has
played these three scenes.

      Often a recipient only views the first few pages of a document,
before discarding the document. When particular document segments are
accessed, this invention allows the originator to receive
notifications. The COA can be self-contained within a distributed
object. This permits the return address for notification to be
incorporated within the COA. The status...