Distributed hypermedia method for automatically invoking external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document

DC CAFC
  • US 5,838,906 A
  • Filed: 10/17/1994
  • Issued: 11/17/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/17/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for running an application program in a computer network environment, comprising:

  • providing at least one client workstation and one network server coupled to said network environment, wherein said network environment is a distributed hypermedia environment;

    executing, at said client workstation, a browser application, that parses a first distributed hypermedia document to identify text formats included in said distributed hypermedia document and for responding to predetermined text formats to initiate processing specified by said text formats;

    utilizing said browser to display, on said client workstation, at least a portion of a first hypermedia document received over said network from said server, wherein the portion of said first hypermedia document is displayed within a first browser-controlled window on said client workstation, wherein said first distributed hypermedia document includes an embed text format, located at a first location in said first distributed hypermedia document, that specifies the location of at least a portion of an object external to the first distributed hypermedia document, wherein said object has type information associated with it utilized by said browser to identify and locate an executable application external to the first distributed hypermedia document, and wherein said embed text format is parsed by said browser to automatically invoke said executable application to execute on said client workstation in order to display said object and enable interactive processing of said object within a display area created at said first location within the portion of said first distributed hypermedia document being displayed in said first browser-controlled window.

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