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Combining Multimedia Objects Using Object Identifiers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111099D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 122K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, DB: AUTHOR [+7]

Abstract

Prior art techniques exist for the creation of multimedia presentations using a special editor program. Users may either purchase multimedia presentations from a vendor or they may be created by the users themselves. Also known existing references to other multimedia objects or presentations may be accessed by an author by using hypertext links in a way that allows the user to access a prior reference presentation.

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Combining Multimedia Objects Using Object Identifiers

      Prior art techniques exist for the creation of multimedia
presentations using a special editor program.  Users may either
purchase multimedia presentations from a vendor or they may be
created by the users themselves.  Also known existing references to
other multimedia objects or presentations may be accessed by an
author by using hypertext links in a way that allows the user to
access a prior reference presentation.  However, there is no present
capability for a first set of vendors to market files of data objects
(text, image, graphic, voice) and a second vendor to market a
multimedia presentation containing data object names, or references,
to the objects in the data object files of the first vendors without
the knowledge by the author of the second vendor's multimedia
presentation of the first vendors' files and the use of hypertext
links in the presentation.  What is provided by this invention is a
method for the resolution of abstract and variable names that are in
the second vendor's presentation to actual multimedia objects in
other vendor's files.  In one embodiment, this may be done by dynamic
resolution of hypertext links, although this is not the only way this
could be done.  This allows the author of the second vendor's
presentation to compose a presentation without necessarily knowing
all actual objects a presentation reference will resolve to when run
by a user.  It also allows for easy updates and enhancements to
existing presentations.  The advantages of such an approach are
illustrated through the use of an example entitled "Johnson's Living
Dictionary."

      JOHNSON'S LIVING DICTIONARY - Johnson markets a presentation
consisting of dictionary words, with normal and variant spelling of a
word, an indication of the syllables, part of speech information, and
synonyms and antonyms for each word.  Johnson may also provide the
text for the dictionary entries.  However, Johnson may decide to
provide only hooks for the dictionary entries that can be provided by
Webster and/or others.  Johnson also includes identifiers for graphic
objects and voice objects.  The graphic and voice objects are not
supplied by Johnson but added to the presentation to allow other
vendors to supply them.  For example, one vendor may supply voice
objects or voice objects only for animals.  Another vendor may supply
voice for famous people (duplicating their exact speech).

      The invention provides a presentation object identifier to data
object identifier mapping table which will allow all presentation
object identifiers to be resolved to their correct data objects
during a compilation step that produces a complete architected data
stream envelope from a partial architected data stream envelope and
one or more data object files.

      The invention makes use of a set of data object identifiers
(D1, D2, ..., Di) associated with the data objects in a data objec...