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Multimedia Response Time Presentation Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110107D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 88K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Clark, DK: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Often within a data processing system a user must await a response for a particular request. Response durations can consume much of a user's time. A user may desire to ascertain supplementary information about activities within an enterprise during this response interval. Prior methods expound on applications that can convey multimedia information. However, such application requires the user to execute/load the application for a multimedia presentation. Such multimedia applications, typically, execute independently of other applications.

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Multimedia Response Time Presentation Mechanism

       Often within a data processing system a user must await a
response for a particular request.  Response durations can consume
much of a user's time.  A user may desire to ascertain supplementary
information about activities within an enterprise during this
response interval.  Prior methods expound on applications that can
convey multimedia information.  However, such application requires
the user to execute/load the application for a multimedia
presentation.  Such multimedia applications, typically, execute
independently of other applications.

      A user may desire to view/hear a multimedia presentation during
the execution of a peripheral application.  For example, a user
searching within a library service, may wish to see a multimedia
presentation during the search process.  Furthermore, if the user
found the multimedia presentation more interesting than the document,
the user may wish to cancel or suspend the search and continue
viewing the multimedia presentation.  Current methods present icons
and other indicators that an operation is in process.  For example,
an hour glass icon may be presented to the user to indicate an
operation is in process.

      A mechanism that allows the user to exchange the application
request for the media presentation is advantageous.  Users can
determine when a request has completed by the completion of the
multimedia presentation.  For example, music may play during the
response time interval.  After the music has finished, the user is
assured that the response has been completed.

      This article describes a method which allows a multimedia
presentation to be presented while an operation is in process.  A
co-resident service can be provided with existing applications.  This
service can be activated to play presentations from a multimedia
channel(s) during a response interval.  For example, many
applications currently show the presence of an hour glass during a
response interval.  This method would allow the hour glass to be
replaced with a pre-recorded or live multimedia presentation.  A
Telephone Service Interface service allows standby music or audio
signals to be redirected to the P...