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Dial-A-Web Browser

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123274D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Doganata, YN: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The Key Idea Disclosed is a mechanism for accessing, interpreting, navigating, and processing web pages through a telephone device using dial tones and/or voice. In this system, access and control flow from the telephone device to a Web browser agent client through dial tones/voice. Web page data is processed and converted to voice and flow from the Web browser agent client to the telephone device. Personalized information is stored and accessed through the browser. Web page processing controls, such as hyperlinking, printing/FAXing, storing, are provided to the phone user. In short, the invention may be characterized as phone access to the Web through a novel audio browser with audio/DTMF controls.

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Dial-A-Web Browser

   The Key Idea

   Disclosed is a mechanism for accessing, interpreting,
navigating, and processing web pages through a telephone device
using dial tones and/or voice.  In this system, access and control
flow from the telephone device to a Web browser agent client through
dial tones/voice.  Web page data is processed and converted to voice
and flow from the Web browser agent client to the telephone device.
Personalized information is stored and accessed through the browser.
Web page processing controls, such as hyperlinking, printing/FAXing,
storing, are provided to the phone user.  In short, the invention may
be characterized as phone access to the Web through a novel audio
browser with audio/DTMF controls.

   The Invention

   This invention teaches a means to access, browse and run
applications on the internet through a legacy phone.  This is done by
means of an interactive voice response unit (IVRU) which takes
requests from the user through voice recognition or by simple
dial-tones.  The interactive voice response unit passes the requests
to a processor which converts the requests into a communication
protocol command set such as Hypertext Transport Protocol (http).
The requests are then sent to a WEB server by using this protocol.
The WEB server which is on the internet then sends a reply to the
request to an audio web browser in a format that a browser can
interpret, such as MIME.  The audio WEB browser then converts the
content of the MIME message into audio and passes the audio  signal
to the IVRU.  Finally the IVRU sends the content of the browser to
the telephone user.

   The Claim
  1.  A system for providing telephone access to internet
      applications, said system comprising of:
      -  a Telephony Access Point (TAP) for receiving dial
         tone and audio signals from a telephone device,
         processing said signals to generate commands to
         an Internet Access Agent (IAA...