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RE: What a prior art product must do

From: Richard M. Smith <rms@computerbytesman.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 11:32:05 -0400
To: <randeg@alum.rpi.edu>, "W3C Public Web Plugins List" <public-web-plugins@w3.org>
Message-ID: <02cd01c38768$00ad93f0$550ffea9@rms>

Don't helper applications display content in their own windows?


-----Original Message-----
From: public-web-plugins-request@w3.org [mailto:public-web-plugins-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Glenn Randers-Pehrson
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 11:28 AM
To: public-web-plugins@w3.org
Subject: Re: What a prior art product must do

> From: Richard M. Smith <rms@computerbytesman.com 
> Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2003 16:10:21 -0400
> To: "'Public-Web-Plugins@W3. Org'" <public-web-plugins@w3.org 
> Message-ID: <016601c36f32$bde75c10$550ffea9@rms>
>Looking over just claim #1 of the '906 patent, here's my reading what a
>product must do as a minimum to be prior art for the '906 patent:
>1.  There must be a browser application that runs on a client computer.
>2.  The browser must display documents which are supplied over
>    a network from a server computer.
>3.  The browser must accept a command in a document to
>    display an embedded file which is also supplied by a server.
>4.  An external program residing on the client computer is automatically
>    loaded and executed to display the embedded file within a designated
>area of the
>    browser window.
>5.  The browser must allow a user to interact with the external
>    which is displaying the external.
I believe mosaic-0.9 (released in March 1993) did all 5 of those 
things.  It used "helper" applications
to display images, movies, etc. The user could interact with some 
helpers such as "mpeg_play".

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