Requesting computer user's context data

  • US 8,677,248 B2
  • Filed: 05/14/2009
  • Issued: 03/18/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/18/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method in a computer for providing information about a current state that is modeled with multiple state attributes, comprising:

  • through an application programming interface on the computer, receiving from a first source an indication of one of the state attributes of the modeled current state for which the first source is adapted to supply values, the modeled current state indicating a context of at least one of the computer, a user of the computer, and/or a surrounding physical environment;

    through the application programming interface, receiving from a second source an indication of the state attributes of the modeled current state for which the second source is adapted to supply values; and

    in response to receiving a request from a first client for a value of the indicated one attribute and to receiving an indication of a condition from the first client for testing the indicated one attribute;

    determining that the first source is available to supply the value;

    obtaining the value from the first source; and

    supplying a value obtained from the first source to the first client.

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