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Content display system

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Content display system


A content display system includes a communication device and an information display device. The communication device may store location information of summarized content information, acquire the summarized content information based on the location information, display titles included in the summarized content information, allow a user to select at least one title from the titles, specify first location information of a first content corresponding to a first title selected by the user, and send a command for displaying the first content corresponding to the first location information. The information display device may receive the command, and activate a browser in accordance with a first type of command when the browser has been closed which had been activated in accordance with another first type of command sent from the communication device before receiving the first type of command.
Related Terms: Browse Browser

USPTO Applicaton #: #20130019190 - Class: 715760 (USPTO) - 01/17/13 - Class 715 
Data Processing: Presentation Processing Of Document, Operator Interface Processing, And Screen Saver Display Processing > Operator Interface (e.g., Graphical User Interface) >Mark Up Language Interface (e.g., Html)

Inventors: Munehisa Matsuda

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130019190, Content display system.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims priority to Japanese Patent Application No. 2008-302657, filed on Nov. 27, 2008, the contents of which are hereby incorporated by reference into the present application.

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present specification discloses a system for displaying contents published on a network.

DESCRIPTION OF RELATED ART

A variety of contents is published on a network. A server that publishes summarized content information including a URL and a title of each content is connected to the network. One example of the summarized content information is feed information. Formats for the feed information include, for example, RSS and Atom. A software for acquiring the feed information from the server and displaying a plurality of contents based on the feed information is disclosed on a website (http://www. forest.impress.co.jp/article/2004/05/26/dirtynewsreader.html) located on the Internet on Jul. 29, 2008, titled “Dirty News Reader displays titles of distributed articles on RSS sites like an electronic signboard”, published May 26, 2004 by Impress Corporation and written by Tomoyuki Otsu. When this software is installed on a PC, a user can view the title of each content. When the user clicks on one of the titles, the PC activates a browser, and accesses the URL of the content corresponding to that title. The content is thereby displayed on the PC.

SUMMARY

Summarized content information can be viewed without any problem even on a comparatively small display unit, because the summarized content information is information (title, etc.) in which the content is summarized. However, unlike the summarized content information, the content may include a large number of letter strings. In addition, the content may also include image data. When the content is displayed on a small display unit, the user must scroll through several screens in order to see all of the content. This operation is cumbersome for the user, and moreover, it would be difficult to view the entire information. The present specification discloses technology that can eliminate these types of inconveniences.

One type of technology disclosed in the present specification is a content display system. The content display system may comprise a communication device and an information display device configured to be connected with the communication device in a communicable manner. The information display device may be configured to display a content by utilizing a browser. The aforementioned term “communication device” is a concept including any device that can be connected with the information display device in a communicable manner. The communication device may be, but not limited to, a printer, scanner, multi-function device, or portable terminal (mobile phone, PDL, etc.). The aforementioned term “information display device” is a concept including any device that can display information. The information display device may be, but not limited to, a PC, or television.

The communication device may comprise a location information storage unit, a summarized content information acquiring unit, a title display unit, a title selection allowing unit, a location information specifying unit, and a command sending unit. The location information storage unit may be configured to store location information of summarized content information. The aforementioned term “location information” is a concept including any information that can specify a location of content. The location information may be, but not limited to, URL (Uniform Resource Locator). The summarized content information may include location information of each content and a title of each content. The summarized content information acquiring unit may be configured to acquire the summarized content information based on the location information of the summarized content information. The title display unit may be configured to display titles included in the summarized content information, The title selection allowing unit may be configured to allow a user to select at least one title from the titles. The location information specifying unit may be configured to specify, from the summarized content information, first location information of a first content corresponding to a first title selected by the user. The command sending unit may be configured to send, to the information display device, a command for displaying the first content corresponding to the first location information. The information display device may comprise a command receiving unit and a browser activating unit The command receiving unit may be configured to receive the command. The browser activating unit may be configured to newly activate the browser in accordance with a first type of command in a specific case where the browser has been closed which had been activated in accordance with an other first type of command having been sent from the communication device before receiving the first type of command.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 shows the configuration of a multi-function device system. FIG. 2 shows the configuration of a multi-function device. FIG. 3 shows an example of the stored contents of a URL storage area. FIG. 4 shows an example of the stored contents of a display information storage area. FIG. 5 shows a flowchart of a feed information analyzing process executed by the multi-function device. FIG. 6 shows a flowchart of a display process executed by the multi-function device. FIG. 7 shows a continuation of the flowchart of FIG. 6. FIG. 8 shows a flowchart of a list display process executed by the multi-function device. FIG. 9 shows a flowchart of a content display process executed by the multi-function device. FIG. 10 shows a continuation of the flowchart of FIG. 9. FIG. 11 shows a continuation of the flowchart of FIG. 10. FIG. 12 shows how the displayed contents of a display panel change. FIG. 13 shows a flowchart of a browser activating software process executed by a PC. FIG. 14 shows a flowchart of a browser process executed by the PC. FIG. 15 shows a continuation of the flowchart of FIG. 14. FIG. 16 shows an example of a window displayed by the PC. FIG. 17 is a sequence diagram of processes executed by the multi-function device and the PC. FIG. 18 shows a continuation of the sequence diagram of FIG. 17.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT First Embodiment

An embodiment will be described with reference to the drawings. The multi-function device system 2 as shown in FIG. 1 comprises a multi-function device 10, a PC 70, and a plurality of content servers 90, 91. Although only one multi-function device 10, one PC 70, and two content servers 90, 91 are shown in FIG. 1, the exact numbers of these can be changed as desired. The multi-function device 10 is connected to a LAN line 4. PC 70 is connected to the LAN line 4. The LAN line 4 is connected to the Internet 8 via a router 6. Each content server 90, 91 is connected to the Internet 8. In the present embodiment, the content server 90 publishes one site, and the content server 91 publishes another site. Each site includes a plurality of contents. Furthermore, each content server (e.g., 90) stores feed information (e.g., RSS type feed information) which is summarized information of the plurality of contents that the content server includes.

Configuration of the PC

FIG. 1 shows the schematic configuration of PC 70. The PC 70 has a CPU 72, a hard disk 74, a display portion 82, an operation portion 84, etc. Although not shown in FIG. 1, the PC 70 has a network interface that configures itself to be connected to the LAN line 4.

The CPU 72 executes various processes in accordance with programs 76, 78 stored in the hard disk 74. The processes executed by the CPU 72 will be described in detail later. A basic program 76 is a program for controlling basic operations of the PC 70. The basic program 76 includes, e.g., a browser 76a for downloading and displaying one or more contents from one or more sites on the Internet 8. A user can activate the browser 76a by, e.g., performing a predetermined operation on the operation portion 84. A program for activating the browser 76a by the user\'s operation on the operation portion 84 is not a browser activating software 78 (to be described), but is included in the basic program 76. The browser activating software 78 is a program to activate the browser 76a in accordance with a command from the multi-function device 10. The browser activating software 78 is installed on the PC 70 from, e.g., a computer-readable medium. The browser activating software 78 may, e.g., be downloaded from a site on the Internet 8 for installation.

The hard disk 74 has an other storage area 80. The other storage area 80 stores a Java Script instruction 86. The browser 76a activated by the browser activating software 78 executes processes in accordance with the Java Script instruction 86. The Java Script instruction 86 includes instructions 86a to 86e described using Java Script (registered trademark). A request sending instruction 86a commands the browser 76a to send a request to the multi-function device 10 when the browser activating software 78 has activated the browser 76a. A request re-sending instruction 86b commands the browser 76a to re-send the request to the multi-function device 10 if a response to the former request has been received. A list display instruction 86c commands the browser 76a to display a list 204 in a list display area 202 (to be described: see FIG. 16) and to add a content title to the list 204. A content display instruction 86d commands the browser 76a to display contents in a content display area 206 (to be described: see FIG. 16). Another instruction 86e commands the browser 76a to, e.g., delete the content title from the list 204 and to clear the list 204 in accordance with a command from the multi-function device 10. The processes executed by the browser 76a in accordance with the Java Script instruction 86 will be described in detail later. The Java Script instruction 86 is installed on the PC 70 front, e.g., a computer readable medium. Further, the Java Script instruction 86 may, e.g. be downloaded from a site on the Internet 8 for installation.

The display portion 82 is capable of displaying a variety of information. The display portion 82 has a comparatively large display screen. The display portion 82 has a display screen larger than a display panel 50 (see FIG. 2) of the multi-function device 10. The operation portion 84 includes a keyboard and a mouse. The user can input commands and information to the PC 70 by operating the operation portion 84.

Configuration of the Multi-Function Device

FIG. 2 shows the configuration of the multi-function device 10. The multi-function device 10 has a control portion 12, a display panel 50, a key pad 52, a print portion 54, a scan portion 56, a fax portion 58, a network interface 60, a PSTN interface 62, etc. The control portion 12 has a CPU 14, ROM 16, RAM 30, NVRAM 40, etc.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20130019190 A1
Publish Date
01/17/2013
Document #
13559368
File Date
07/26/2012
USPTO Class
715760
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
06F3/01
Drawings
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