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Integrating Multimedia into General User Interface Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111519D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Berry, RE: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A single "atomic" data object is disclosed which can display more than one "information element" (using one or more media types), without requiring the user to be aware of the multiple files, file formats, and media technologies needed to implement it.

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Integrating Multimedia into General User Interface Objects

      A single "atomic" data object is disclosed which can display
more than one "information element" (using one or more media types),
without requiring the user to be aware of the multiple files, file
formats, and media technologies needed to implement it.

      In the past, user-interface objects have been tied too directly
to the file system, typically reflecting a one-to-one relationship of
object to file.  Objects have also been tied too closely to media
type, such that a unique class of single-media objects is required
for each type of audio, video, and other media type in the system.
Finally, "player" objects have been required (again, one for each
media type) in order to access the contents of the data objects.

      A more task-oriented object perspective is outlined for the
user, by making fuller use of the concept of views.  It provides a
method of more fully integrating multimedia by enabling it to become
an aspect of any object.

      Rather than being tied to an underlying file object and data
format, objects would be classified by the user's task or purpose,
e.g., a "report" or a "memo".  The underlying object is more powerful
and abstract than a file object.  It is a semantic construct that
makes sense to the user, in a particular task, to be treated as a
single object.

      These objects can be thought of as having multiple facets, or
ways of looking at them.  The user...