Patent Number: 6,253,254

Title: Hyper media object management

Abstract: A method and apparatus that uses a hypermedia approach to managing distributed objects. A first embodiment of the present invention uses the World Wide Web hypermedia system. A user initializes browser software that allows the user to browse and change various attributes of objects in the system. The browser communicates with a server that includes an http adapter and a gateway. The gateway can access objects in the system and generate HTML code in accordance with the objects. One embodiment of the present invention uses hierarchical tree-oriented objects. These objects are "self-describing" (also called "introspective"). The server queries the objects in response to the queries from the browser and each queried object responds with information about itself. In another preferred embodiment, the server initiates queries of the objects and retains this information for use in responding to later queries from the browser.

Inventors: Erlenkoetter; Ansgar (Neu-Anspach, DE), De Borst; Jeroen Peter (Bad Homberg, DE), Bonham; Peter Douglas (Bad Homberg, DE)

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International Classification: G06F 17/30 (20060101); G06F 017/30 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018