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Distributing Uniform Resource Locators as Bar Code Images

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117209D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Martinez, SJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method allowing end users to specify Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) for entering various documents and sites on the World-Wide Web by scanning bar codes. A software program is used to create bar code images, which are distributed to users in a variety of ways without requiring the use of a computer in the distribution process.

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Distributing Uniform Resource Locators as Bar Code Images

      Disclosed is a method allowing end users to specify Uniform
Resource Locators (URLs) for entering various documents and sites on
the World-Wide Web by scanning bar codes.  A software program is used
to create bar code images, which are distributed to users in a
variety of ways without requiring the use of a computer in the
distribution process.

      Without this method, users link to information on the Web by
Web surfing, or by manually entering URLs shared among friends and
coworkers or distributed by advertisements.  However, URLs which
cannot be currently located are often difficult to remember, and
often a URL is entered incorrectly by typing.

      The presently disclosed method includes a program, resident on
a computer, for the creation of URL bar codes.  This program creates
a bar code image of a URL which has been typed-in, passed from
another program, or entered through the clipboard.  The program
displays the bar code, allowing the user to apply coloring or other
types of visual formatting.  The bar code is then saved using an
image format, such as the bitmap, Joint Photographic Experts Group
(JPEG), Tagged Image File Format (TIFF), or Graphics Interchange
Format (GIF) format.  The bar code image can also be transferred to
another program, automatically or through the clipboard, so that an
image processing program, or the bar code image routines within a
word processing program,...