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

  • US 8,082,293 B1
  • Filed: 11/02/2006
  • Issued: 12/20/2011
  • 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 distributed hypermedia network environment comprises at least one client workstation and one remote network server coupled to the distributed hypermedia network environment, the method comprising:

  • receiving, at the client workstation from the network server over the distributed hypermedia 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 distributed hypermedia document;

    automatically invoking program code, in response to the identifying of the embed text format, in order to enable an end-user to directly interact with an object, when the object is displayed within a display area created at the first location within the portion of the distributed hypermedia document displayed in the browser-controlled window, wherein program code is part of a distributed application, wherein said direct interaction involves information sent to and received from at least a portion of the distributed application located on two or more remote computers coupled to the distributed hypermedia network environment.

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