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Isosynchronous State Driven Inbasket

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110242D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 90K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

Multimedia objects similar to text-based objects can be distributed to users within an electronic network. Certain characteristics of multimedia objects do differ from static objects, such as textual and graphical information. Multimedia presentations are isosynchronous by nature, i.e., timing characteristics are the basis for the information.

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Isosynchronous State Driven Inbasket

       Multimedia objects similar to text-based objects can be
distributed to users within an electronic network.  Certain
characteristics of multimedia objects do differ from static objects,
such as textual and graphical information.  Multimedia presentations
are isosynchronous by nature, i.e., timing characteristics are the
basis for the information.

      This article describes a mechanism that allows the
isosynchronous states of a media object to be registered with the
inbasket.  This method allows the user to set the invocation state of
the media object within a mail inbasket repository.  A State
Configurator allows the user to set a profile state for particular
entries within the inbasket.  This allows each entry within the
inbasket to function differently upon its invocation.  For example,
it may be desirable to start a particular media presentation from the
beginning.  Some users may prefer to see a particular segment within
the presentation played every time upon invocation.  Figure 1
illustrates a user interface to allow the user to set a desired
invocation state for a particular inbasket entry or set of entries.

      This interface controls the presentation state actions of the
individual inbasket entries.  The Mode operation can govern such
aspects as always rewind and play upon opening.  The Mode also can be
used to allow the user to set a designated position with the
presentation that should be con...