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

  • US 7,599,985 B2
  • Filed: 08/09/2002
  • Issued: 10/06/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/17/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method for running an application program in a distributed hypermedia network environment, wherein the network environment comprises at least one client workstation and one network server coupled to the network environment, the method comprising:

  • receiving, at the client workstation from the network server over the network environment, at least one file containing information to enable a browser application to display at least a portion of a distributed hypermedia document within a browser-controlled window;

    executing the browser application on the client workstation, with the browser application;

    responding to text formats to initiate processing specified by the text formats;

    displaying at least a portion of the document within the browser-controlled window;

    identifying an embed text format which corresponds to a first location in the document, where the embed text format specifies the location of at least a portion of an object external to the file, where the object has type information associated with it;

    utilizing the type information to identify and locate an executable application external to the file; and

    automatically invoking the executable application, in response to the identifying of the embed text format, to execute on the client workstation in order to display the object and enable an end-user to directly interact with the object while the object is being displayed within a display area created at the first location within the portion of the hypermedia document being displayed in the browser-controlled window.

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