Eolas releases WebRouser via the Internet

Hi all..

Just a few comments :
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9/18/95 Chicago: Eolas Technologies announced today that it has
    released its WebRouser(TM) applet-enabled World Wide Web
    browser, royalty-free for individual non-commercial use.


    Many other Weblets are currently under development by Eolas
    and others, including Weblet-based interpreters for several
    popular programming languages, such as Safe-Tcl/Tk, PERL,
    and the GRASP animation language.  Plans are in the works
    for the creation of both JAVA and Visual Basic Weblets as
Hmmm. do Microsoft and SUN know this ? And is support for JAVA
a backtrack ? How is this going to be affected by the patent ?
( If I was SUN, I wouldn't license my technology to someone trying
to patent the whole methodology .... )

    Other unique features of WebRouser include client-side image
    map support, and the ability for the browser's button bar
    and menu structure to be dynamically modified by simple
    commands within HTML documents.

I don't regard this as "unique". I know HotJava does this, and I think
I've seen some other browsers do it as well. It's also in the HTML3 spec.

    Client-side image maps, for example, allow HTML authors to
    create graphical interfaces to their content that can be
    distributed on CD ROM, using the same image-map-based front
    ends as the online versions.  Many publishers are attempting
    to create hybrid CD ROMs that use Web browsers as their
    front-end, capitalizing on the ability to develop one body
    of content that can be used both for CD and online
    distribution.  These projects are often stymied by the fact
    that the image maps that are currently all the rage on the Web
    cannot be used to front-end the CD content.

This can certainly be done...we run a MS-Windows server as the back
end to our CD, and Netscape on the front end. This allows us to do
Image maps and CGI searches with no problem. Is this a case of having
to invent excuses for features to attempt to sell them ?

    The currrent approach on the Web is to use ISMAP-based image
    maps that require that a remote server decode the hotspots
    on the image.  Since the ISMAP-based image maps are served
    up by the remote machine, they can't be used to front-end
    CDROM-based content, where oftentimes a network connection
    is not available.  WebRouser's client-side maps can be
    loaded directly from the CD ROM, with no network connection

See above.

    Another major advantage of WebRouser is the ability of Web
    documents to dynamically modify the browser's button bar and
    menu structure.  According to Eolas CEO, Mike Doyle, "Most
    Web designers try to build in some sort of navigation system
    into their documents, usually at the top of the page.  The
    problem arises when the user scrolls down the page and
    suddenly the navigation GUI is no longer visible.  WebRouser's
    <LINK> command allows the Web document to place a button bar
    at the top of the screen, as a part of the WebRouser GUI.
    When the user scrolls down the document, the navigation
    buttons remain in place.  Since the document drives the
    definition of the buttons' functions, each Web site can have
    its own Netscape-style "What's New," "What's Cool," etc.
    button bar pointing to their own content, not to some
    hard-coded browser company location, such as in other browsers."

This has been in the HTML-3 spec for some time. Are Eolas going
to try to patent this too ?

    Similarly, a <GROUP> command allows a Web document to define
    a new menu option in the WebRouser menu bar, allowing the
    user to quickly jump to a particular Web page within a
    large, complex Web site hierarchy.

    "This represent a new paradigm, since these technologies empower
    Web designers to personalize their Web sites, and to deliver new
    levels of interactivity via the web.  Taken together,these
    enhancements represent a quantum leap in the ability of Web
    site designers to build compelling functionality into their
    Web pages."

    Eolas also announced the launching of their commercial
    licensing program for both WebRouser and the development of
    Weblet-based commercial applications.  Further information
    can be found at the Eolas WWW site (http://www.eolas.com),
    or by calling (312-337-8740), faxing (312-337-8743), or
    emailing (info@eolas.com) Eolas directly.

* Eolas Technologies Incorporated           *
* 10 East Ontario Street, Suite 5106        *
* Chicago, IL  60611                        *
*                                           *
* voice: (312)337-8740                      *
* fax:   (312)337-8743                      *
* Web: http://www.eolas.com                 *

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