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Multimedia Support of Help, Cross Reference, and Related Articles

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109896D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eisen, I: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a method for using help and cross-referencing in a multimedia system. As multi-media becomes more widely used, it will become difficult to support worldwide users. With distributed multimedia presentations, it will be essential for viewers to be able to relate associated material dynamically. This disclosure deals primarily with educational presentations, but it also applies to many other areas. A student taking a class via multimedia watches the visual portion and has the spoken text presented at the bottom of the screen. However, he has no way to ask questions (i.e., for additional information, clarification of a point, etc.).

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Multimedia Support of Help, Cross Reference, and Related Articles

       This article describes a method for using help and
cross-referencing in a multimedia system.  As multi-media becomes
more widely used, it will become difficult to support worldwide
users.  With distributed multimedia presentations, it will be
essential for viewers to be able to relate associated material
dynamically.  This disclosure deals primarily with educational
presentations, but it also applies to many other areas.  A student
taking a class via multimedia watches the visual portion and has the
spoken text presented at the bottom of the screen.  However, he has
no way to ask questions (i.e., for additional information,
clarification of a point, etc.).

      Provide machine readable information (MRI) text integrated with
multimedia presentations in a separate window, and provide the
ability for the viewer to denote phrases (through highlighting or
touch-screen support) for which they want detailed information.

      All phrases eligible for selection can be highlighted or
displayed in a different color, if the user so desires.  Major
sections can be annotated, if clarification of an entire subject is
desired.  The additional material presented can be used to clarify a
point or provide help if the source material references material with
which the viewer may be unfamiliar.  Providing an index of referenced
material would permit the viewer to review a previous topic or to get
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