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Electronic newspaper


A system for conveying printed information to a user, the system including a server receiving a data file representing an image, a software hosted on the server to generate an HyperText Markup Language environment including the image represented by the data file, wherein the HyperText Markup Language environment facilitates the manipulation of the image represented by the data file, and a user interface having a web browser to display the HyperText Markup Language environment to the user, wherein the image represented by the data file is viewable by the user.
Related Terms: Hypertext Markup Language

Inventors: Allan James Block, John David Crisp, Erlend I. Viddal, Ronnie Jack Willis, JR.
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120266057 - Class: 715202 (USPTO) - 10/18/12 - Class 715 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120266057, Electronic newspaper.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This application claims the benefit of U.S. provisional patent application Ser. No. 61/476,411 filed Apr. 18, 2011 and U.S. provisional patent application Ser. No. 61/606,073 filed Mar. 2, 2012.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates generally to a system and method for conveying information to a user. In particular, the invention is directed to an electronic newspaper.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Advances in computer systems have increased accessibility of information in such systems to unsophisticated users. Advances in display technology, and the capability of computer systems for storing large quantities of useful information, has increased the need for access of such systems by people who do not use them often enough to feel comfortable with traditional information display technology. Intensive efforts are underway in the computer industry generally to find improved ways to display information, and otherwise interact with relatively unsophisticated users.

For example, improvements in data storage and display technologies have combined to make an electronic book possible. Various proposals exist for making a device having the approximate size and shape of a hardback book. A goal of manufactures of conventional electronic books or e-readers is typically to display pages on a screen to look like an actual printed book. Such display technologies can be used with traditional computer display screens.

Conventional systems typically use an Adobe® Flash® compatible software as a plug-in application to convey information such as an electronic version of a newspaper to a user through a communication network such as the Internet. However, the use of the Adobe® Flash compatible software limits a tracking of the information being conveyed to the user and is reliant upon an intermediate software (i.e. Adobe® Flash®) to convey the information to the user. Accordingly, certain devices not equipped with Adobe® Flash® software are not able to view the information intended for the user.

It would therefore be desirable to provide a system and method for conveying information to a user which are usable in an intuitive manner by a user without using Adobe® Flash® software. It is further desirable for the system and method to include a user interface that emulates an actual paper reading material such as a book or newspaper, for example.

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

Concordant and consistent with the present invention, a system and method for conveying information to a user which are usable in an intuitive manner by a user without using Adobe® Flash® software, wherein the system and method include a user interface that emulates an actual paper reading material such as a book or newspaper, has surprisingly been discovered.

In one embodiment, a system for conveying information to a user, the system comprises: a server receiving a data file representing an image; a software hosted on the server to generate an HyperText Markup Language environment including the image represented by the data file, wherein the HyperText Markup Language environment facilitates the manipulation of the image represented by the data file; and a user interface having a web browser to display the HyperText Markup Language environment to the user, wherein the image represented by the data file is viewable by the user.

The invention also provides methods for conveying information to a user.

One method comprises the steps of: generating a data file representing an image; generating a HyperText Markup Language environment; embedding the image represented by the data file into the HyperText Markup Language environment, wherein the HyperText Markup Language environment facilitates the manipulation of the image represented by the data file; and displaying the HyperText Markup Language environment to the user, wherein the image represented by the data file is viewable by the user.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The above, as well as other advantages of the present invention will become readily apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment when considered in the light of the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a schematic representation of a data management system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a screen shot of a log-in page of the system of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a screen shot of a landing page of the system of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a screen shot of a page of the system of FIG. 1 illustrating a single page viewing mode;

FIG. 5 is a screen shot of a page of the system of FIG. 1 illustrating a two-page viewing mode with zoom;

FIG. 6 is a screen shot of a page of the system of FIG. 1 illustrating a full two-page viewing mode;

FIG. 7 is a screen shot of a page of the system of FIG. 1 showing a toolbar;

FIG. 8 is a screen shot of a page of the system of FIG. 1 showing additional control/display features;

FIG. 9 is a screen shot of a page of the system of FIG. 1 showing a section/edition feature;

FIG. 10 is a screen shot of a page of the system of FIG. 1 showing an advertisement; and

FIG. 11 through FIG. 28 are screen shots related to the User Interface that are described in more detail below.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

OF EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION

The following detailed description and appended drawings describe and illustrate various embodiments of the invention. The description and drawings serve to enable one skilled in the art to make and use the invention, and are not intended to limit the scope of the invention in any manner. In respect of the methods disclosed, the steps presented are exemplary in nature, and thus, the order of the steps is not necessary or critical.

Referring to FIG. 1 there is illustrated a data management system 10 according to an embodiment of the present invention. The data management system 10 includes a database 12, a server system 14, and a user interface 16.

The database 12 is in data communication with the server system 14. The database 12 is adapted to store information in an electronic medium. As a non-limiting example, the database 12 includes a plurality of data files 18 having a Portable Document Format (PDF). As a further non-limiting example, the data files 18 represent a replica of a printed material such as a daily newspaper. In certain embodiments, the data files 18 collectively represent a complete edition of a daily newspaper and are categorized by a standardized naming schema. However, it is understood that the data files 18 can have any format such as Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format for selective presentation to a user through a web browser, for example. As a further non-limiting example, the database 12 can include any data including data relating to conveying and displaying information in a HyperText Markup Language (HTML) environment 21 (e.g. an HTML based webpage, a web-based viewable space coded in HTML, and the like).

The server system 14 is adapted to manage a data (e.g. the data files 18) stored in the database 12 and interconnections between the database 12 and various resources not stored on the database 12. The server system 14 may also be adapted to perform operations such as, a user query, a data transfer, a data retrieval, and a data processing, for example. It is understood that other devices may be used to manage the data stored in the database 12 such as a software engine and a software package, for example.

In certain embodiments, the server system 14 includes a software 20. The software 20 includes processor executable instructions to import the data files 18 from a periodic (i.e. daily) or constant feed (e.g. the data base 12). The software 20 includes instructions to convert the data files 18 to a HTML standard with graphic and multimedia objects, XML, RSS or Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format for selective presentation to a user through a web browser 22. The software 20 has instructions to present the data files 18 having the HTML standard with graphic and multimedia objects, XML, RSS or PNG format as objects in the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) environment 21, wherein the HTML environment 21 facilitates the interaction (e.g. the manipulation of the image represented by the data files 18) and tracking of each of the data files 18 that are presented to a user.

The user interface 16 is interconnected to the server system 14 to transfer data between the user interface 16 and the server system 14. As a non-limiting example, the user interface 16 is interconnected to the server system 14 through at least one of a private intranet, a public Internet, a local area network (LAN), a dial-up-connection, a cable modem, and a high speed ISDN line, for example. Other network devices may be used to interconnect the user interface 16 and the server system 14 such as a wireless network, for example. In one embodiment, the user interface 16 is a computer including the web browser 22 and is adapted for data transfer between the user interface 16 and the server system 14. The web browser 22 may be any browser for providing remote user access to the server system 14 such as Windows® Internet Explorer® (IE), Mozilla Firefox, Google® Chrome, Apple® Safari, and the like.

It is understood that the user interface 16 may be any user access device capable of interconnecting to the server system 14 such as a web-capable mobile phone, a personal digital assistant (PDA), and other mobile electronic devices, for example. It is further understood that the user interface 16, may include any number of user access devices, as desired. Any number of user interfaces 16 may be interconnected to the server system 14, as desired.

In use, a periodic or constant feed of the data files 18 is transferred to the server system 16 (e.g. from the database 12). In certain embodiments, the server system 14 converts the data files 18 to a HTML standard page with graphic and multimedia objects. The data files 18 are selectively presented to a user through the web browser 22 of the user interface 16. As a non-limiting example, the data files 18 having the HTML standard, with graphic and multimedia objects, format are presented to the user as objects in the HTML environment 21.

The user can view the data file 18 (representing the replica of the pages of the daily newspaper) on any browser-enabled device (e.g. user interface 16) without the use of the Adobe® Flash® formatted software. The HTML environment 21 allows the user to navigate to the data files 18 representing any portion of the collective data such as section fronts, pages, previous archived editions, and the like. The HTML environment 21 also provides a page viewing experience including: mouse following, keyboard/mouse support for page up and down scrolling, email features, search features, and customized viewing preferences such as mouse clicks for zoom in and out, for example. The HTML environment 21 allows the user to have full interaction with each page of the daily newspaper (represented by the data files 18) while providing data tracking to a browser-based analytics, now known or later developed. User tracking relative to various ones of the data files 18 presented through the web browser 22 can provide a feedback that is not currently available in the Adobe® Flash® format.

FIG. 2 illustrates a registered subscriber log-in page 24 that is displayed on the user interface 16. Subscribers (i.e. registered users) enter credentials on the log-in page 24 to gain access to the data files 18 (e.g. the image(s) represented by the data files 18). Once the credentials are verified and accepted by the server system 14, an initial landing page 26 is displayed on the user interface 16, as shown in FIG. 3.

Referring to FIGS. 3-6, the landing page 26, as well as other pages, can typically be presented to the user as a single page (shown in FIGS. 3-4), a two-page reader spread with zoom (shown in FIG. 5), or a full two-page spread (shown in FIG. 6). FIG. 3 shows the landing page 26 as the first page of the newspaper. FIG. 4 shows another page 26a that is page 2 of Section A of the newspaper. FIG. 5 shows the two-page reader spread with zoom as a portion of the page 26a and a portion of a third page 26b that is page 3 of Section A. FIG. 6 shows the full two-page spread 26c. It is understood that the user can select a viewing mode to control the manner in which the images/pages are presented on the user interface 16. As a non-limiting example, a front page (i.e. cover) of any publication represented by the data files 18 is displayed as a single page viewing mode since there is no facing page. However, any image or publication represented by the data files 18 can be viewed in a single page or a two-page viewing mode. As a further non-limiting example, each image displayed on the user interface 16 is automatically sized to a space provided by a window of the web browser 22. It is understood that other formats and viewing controls can be provided to the user.

Referring to FIGS. 7-8, a toolbar 28 and a plurality of navigation features 30 can be accessed from the landing page 26 and from all other pages or data files 18 representing pages. As a non-limiting example, the following tools can be made available to the user: 1) Go to HOME or the Initial Page View Mode; 2) BACK one page; 3) FORWARD one page; 4) SEARCH; 5) Email; 6) 2-page Full Height and Width View; 7) 2-page Wide View; 8) 1-page Wide View; 9) 2-page Single Page Wide View; 10) Reduce page magnification; 11) Increase page magnification up to 400%. It is understood that other tools and navigation controls can be made available to the user.

A plurality of page advance arrows 32 (e.g. arrows on the on the left and right of the viewable area 26d in FIG. 8) can be selectively engaged by the user to navigate through the data files 18 or images represented by the data files 18 in a sequential manner.

In certain embodiments, mouse-following navigation is enabled, wherein the user can navigate through the data files 18 or images presented by the data files 18 by moving the mouse in a right-left (previous page) or left-right direction (next page). Portions of the page in a non-viewable area of the user interface 16 can be accessed by moving a cursor of the mouse toward the non-viewable section. Accordingly, the image presented on the user interface 16 is manipulated to allow a user to view previously non-viewable section of the page. As a non-limiting example, a mouse wheel can be engaged to scroll and/or zoom. In certain embodiments, the user can access additional navigation and control features by moving the mouse or pointer to an edge of the window of the web browser.

As shown in FIG. 9, a section/edition feature 34 is presented along a periphery of the view space of the web browser 22. The users can select an appropriate section or edition 26e of the printed publication represented by the data files 18 by selecting a thumbnail representation of the associated data file 18 or portion of the data file 18. It is understood that other means for quickly navigating between sections and editions of the publications represented by the data files 18 can be used.

As shown in FIG. 10, an advertisement 36 can be conveyed to the user through the user interface 16. As a non-limiting example, the advertisement can be embedded in the HTML environment 21 and customized in a conventional manner. It is understood that the advertisements 36 embedded in the HTML environment 21 can be configured to disappear from the user interface 16 after a pre-determined time period.

In certain embodiments, the system 10 conveys information associated with the data files 18 to the user, wherein the information includes accessible hyperlinks that can be selected by the user to re-direct the user from the HTML environment 21 to another webpage.

The system 10 and method of the present invention provides an accurate and complete electronic rendition of the newspaper and other publications. The system 10 and method of the present invention are usable in an intuitive manner by a user without using Adobe® Flash® software and without requiring specific user training or instructive documentation.

The above description of a system and method for an electronic newspaper is included in the co-pending U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/476,411 filed Apr. 18, 2011. The following relates to improvements in that system and method.

The system according to the invention utilizes a modified version of the Libercus Content Management System available from E. Viddal & Associates, 1413 S. Howard Avenue, Suite 220, Tampa, Fla. 33606. All access to the system database and functionality is accomplished through a standard web browser. Supported browsers include: Firefox versions 3.6 and later; Safari versions 5.0 and later; Google Chrome versions 10.0 and later; and Internet Explorer versions 8.0 and later. Supported operating systems include any operating system on which the above browsers are supported. To access all the system functionality, the incoming connection to the client machine should support a minimum speed of 3 Mbit download and 1 Mbit upload.

The basic requirements for page layout include: 1) Associating a story with a page; 2) Viewing stories assigned to a page; 3) Associating stories with shapes on page; 4) Shapes, defined; 5) Text editing and the database; and 6) Jumps. Under requirement 1), a user must be able to associate a story to a page from a Stories list or a Budgets list. The user must be able to associate a story to a page from within the page layout program. Assigning a Story to a Page will cause that story to take on a Page Link Status of “Assigned to Page”.

Under requirement 2), from within the page layout program, the user is able to view the Slug data for Stories that are assigned to the page currently in use. From within the Pages list window in the UI (user interface described below), the user is able to view the Slug data for the stories assigned to a selected page.



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Application #
US 20120266057 A1
Publish Date
10/18/2012
Document #
13449973
File Date
04/18/2012
USPTO Class
715202
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
06F17/00
Drawings
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