Encapsulated network entity reference of a network component system

  • US 5,929,852 A
  • Filed: 01/15/1998
  • Issued: 07/27/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/05/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of efficiently accessing information from a network resource located on a computer network for display on a computer coupled to the network, the network resource having one or more associated data types, each data type being accessible by a corresponding object-oriented software component, the method comprising the steps of:

  • defining at least one network component that integrates the object-oriented software components needed to access the one or more data types associated with the network resource;

    creating an encapsulated entity component containing a reference to a location of the network resource on the computer network, the encapsulated entity component also identifying the at least one network component that was defined for the network resource;

    storing the encapsulated entity component as a visual object on the computer;

    in response to manipulation of the visual object with a pointing device, displaying the contents of the network resource on a screen of the computer by invoking the object-oriented software components integrated by the at least one identified network component.

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