Configurable graphical user interface useful in managing devices connected to a network

  • US 5,887,139 A
  • Filed: 08/19/1996
  • Issued: 03/23/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/19/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for providing a configurable graphical user interface for one or more variables of interest specifying the current state of one or more external electronic devices comprisinga server connected to receive and send information relating to said one or more variables of interest specifying the current state of said one or more external electronic devices, anda client communicating with said server via a client/server protocol and providing a user interface for receiving requests from a user and displaying information to said user relating to said one or more variables of interest,said client being programmed to initiate a graphical user interface in response to a user input by sending an initiation message to said server,said server being programmed to respond to said initiation message by sending resource information establishing a context for interpretation and for display of data relating to said one or more variables to said client and to thereafter send a data stream of data relating to the current state of said one or more variables, andsaid client being programmed to create a graphical user interface that provides a display relating to the state of said one or more variables based upon said resource information and data in said data stream, said resource information providing a context for data in said data stream.

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