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Method for Associating Help with Host Application Functions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112064D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A user is provided with capability to specify an object within any application and assign associated audio segments with voice, prerecordings or text which is ultimately converted to a synthesized voice.

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Method for Associating Help with Host Application Functions

      A user is provided with capability to specify an object within
any application and assign associated audio segments with voice,
prerecordings or text which is ultimately converted to a synthesized
voice.

      With the proliferation of educational software programs
available on computer systems, methods for integrating audio with
graphical entities is desirable.  There is no method for assigning
arbitrary audio components to arbitrary objects in a computer system
and have the audio segments attached to the object for all subsequent
accesses wherein the audio segment is played when the user invokes
play of audio on the object.  A method should be provided where audio
help can be assigned independently of any particular application or
objects and live with the objects throughout a system reboot or
power-off.

      This article runs independently of any other program, session
or application which may run on the computer system.  A user is
provided with capability to specify an object within any application
and assign associated audio segments with voice, prerecordings or
text which is ultimately converted to a synthesized voice.  Invoking
help on a defined region on the object at any time will cause the
audio segment to play.  An important feature is it operates without
knowledge by the applications which may happen to display an object
that is configured for audio play and the audio segments remain
intact with the objects through system power-off, reboot or
application termination.  The object and assigned audio segments is
remembered.  Optionally, the user may specify multiple audio
components to an object.  The user assigns an audio component to a
region defined on the user interface object.  The user may a) upon
entering a trace mode, the mouse can be used to freehand or polygon
draw (snap and unsnap supported) an enclosed region on an object for
assigning an audio component, b) select an object displayed text
string as a region, c) select a closed g...