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Combining Multimedia Presentation Scripts Using Identifiers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111245D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 86K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, DB: AUTHOR [+7]

Abstract

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. Techniques also exist to connect elements in one part of an on-line document to elements in another part of the same document or in a separate one-line document or in an external file or data base, called hypertext links. Links can be thought of as similar to cross-references in a printed document. A hypertext link is accomplished through the use of a link tag (called a source link tag) in a source document which points to a target portion of a document to which the source document's author wishes to refer.

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Combining Multimedia Presentation Scripts Using Identifiers

      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.  Techniques also exist to connect elements in one part of
an on-line document to elements in another part of the same document
or in a separate one-line document or in an external file or data
base, called hypertext links.  Links can be thought of as similar to
cross-references in a printed document.  A hypertext link is
accomplished through the use of a link tag (called a source link tag)
in a source document which points to a target portion of a document
to which the source document's author wishes to refer.  An
author-defined link is created by a document's author to establish a
relationship between a source location within the softcopy text and a
target location within the same text or the text in another softcopy
document.  For example, the author can place a link tag in the
location of the softcopy book which is the source or referencing
location.  Then the author can include a link description tag at the
beginning of the softcopy book, which describes the information
necessary to create a link from the source link tag to the target
location.

      However, there is no present capability for a first set of
vendors to market multimedia presentations and a second vendor to
market a multimedia presentation containing abstract references to
presentations produced and marketed by the first set of vendors
without the second vendor having knowledge of the first vendors'
presentations and by making use of hypertext links, or their
equivalent, within the presentation.  This invention provides a
method for the resolution of abstract names (referring to
presentations) that are in the second vendor's presentation to actual
presentations provided by the first set of vendors.  This allows the
author of the second vendor's presentation to not necessarily know to
what actual presentation that a presentation reference will resolve
to when run by a user.

      The invention makes use of a set of "unresolved" presentation
identifiers (L1,...