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Plug and Play Multimedia Controls

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113452D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bardon, DD: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method is described for providing consistent multimedia control panels from object to object and product to product.

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Plug and Play Multimedia Controls

      A method is described for providing consistent multimedia
control panels from object to object and product to product.

      In this solution, each view of an object has an access point or
docking point where appropriate controls can be "plugged".  For
instance, the user might have one preferred audio (or other,
depending on data type) control, which moves with him from task to
task.

      A solution under the OS/2* Presentation Manager system would be
the following.  The window handle of the control can be queried by
the application.  From this handle the class of control can be
recognized.  If the class of control is acceptable, the control can
be subclassed to get the messages into the application.  This can be
generalized for a group of controls.

      With this solution, users will be able to use the controls
which they prefer, and which they have learned.  This will increase
the learning and comfort level with the system, and make it more
pleasant to use.  Another obvious benefit is that there is much more
free real estate on the desktop by eliminating redundant controls.

      The approach is a significant departure from the progression of
the multimedia market for development of multimedia objects.  The
approach addresses a solution for consistency and real estate
preservation.  It also solves the problem of proliferation of
redundant controls.

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