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Intelligent highlighting tools for Web conference presentations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000191216D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Dec-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Dec-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is an Intelligent highlighting tools for Web conference presentations

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Intelligent highlighting tools for Web conference presentations

When presenting uploaded files in a meeting or a slide show of a presentation, many web conferencing products offer tools for marking up the presentation, either for the presenter or for

participants in the meeting. However, mark-up tools that are in web conferences do not reflect

the size of what a user wants to highlight. For example, highlighters are either provided in a fixed width, which is unlikely to be the size needed, or the width has to be chosen, which slows down the task of presenting. When users are presenting, the object is to just show the content and move on; without having to start thinking about things like highlighter widths).

What is needed is intelligent highlighting tools, that can respond to the content being presented.

This method builds upon existing capabilities for recognizing differences in colors in images. There are already programs having this capability. The present method uses that capability to make it easy for users to highlight the intended object, especially important in a presentation environment, where annotation is taking place not within an editor, but on top of a picture of existing documents (or a picture of a screen snapshot).

One embodiment of this method would work as follows:

1. The user hovers over a letter on a slide, and the user's...