The assignee for this patent application is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "With the explosion of the Internet and the World Wide Web, there has been an increasing demand for Web development tools. Web development or design (the terms 'development' and 'design' are used interchangeably herein, as are 'developer' and 'designer') involves creating a Web site, which is a collection of web pages that are hosted on one or more servers and are accessible by the Internet, portable communication devices, and other communication means. The first Web sites were made up of straightforward web pages that contained nothing more than text and hyperlinks to other web pages. Web pages were, and typically still are, written in a markup language such as hypertext markup language (HTML) and displayable by an application called a browser. Initially, the limited functionality and simplicity of HTML allowed nearly any user to create a simple web page. As the Internet proliferated, however, the complexity of web pages and the underlying source code increased. Web developers began to incorporate images, tables, and other forms of media into web pages. With each added function, the complexity of the source code defining web pages increased. As the complexity of source code defining web pages increased, a need for web page development tools arose.
"In response to the increasing demand for web developers and tools for designing web pages, companies like
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The present invention is directed generally to systems and methods that allow users to create templates for use in web page authoring. According to certain embodiments, a template authoring tool is provided that enables creation of template source code that defines editable regions within the output presentation of the template. Embodiments of the present invention provide an improved template creation solution that enables a user-friendly way for a user to create a web page template from a pre-existing output presentation. For instance, according to certain embodiments of the present invention, a template authoring tool is provided that enables a template to be authored from an existing web page. In one embodiment, the authoring tool enables a user to designate portions of a web page that are to be extracted to form a template. And in one embodiment, the authoring tool further enables the user to designate what regions in the extracted portion of the web page are to be editable in the template.
"Further, in certain embodiments, the template authoring tool enables the template author to designate, in the template page source code, a level of edit capability that is afforded to the authorized user for a designated editable region of the template page. That is, the designer may designate which of a plurality of editing functions, such as edit formatting capabilities, the authorized user is to be afforded when editing a given portion of the web page. For instance, the template author may designate that in a first region of the template page the authorized user is permitted to edit the text, but is unable to perform formatting edits, whereas the designer may designate that in a second region of the web page the authorized user is permitted to edit the text as well as perform certain formatting edits.
"Further still, in certain embodiments, the template authoring tool captures the attributes of regions designated as editable by the template author and enables the template author to designate, in the web template source code, that these attributes may not be altered by the authorized user. That is, the template authoring tool captures the formatting, and the authorized user is only able to edit the content of the region. For instance, the template author may design a first region of the template page the authorized user is permitted to edit. The authoring tool captures the formatting of the selected region and any textual, or content, edits the authorized user makes conform with the formatting attributes captured by the template authoring tool.
"The template authoring tool disclosed herein may be incorporated into a number of products. For example, in certain embodiments, the template authoring tool may be included in a web page authoring tool such as DREAMWEAVER or CONTRIBUTE. In other embodiments, the template authoring tool may be a separate application.
"The foregoing has outlined rather broadly the features and technical advantages of the present invention in order that the detailed description of the invention that follows may be better understood. Additional features and advantages of the invention will be described hereinafter which form the subject of the claims of the invention. It should be appreciated by those skilled in the art that the conception and specific embodiment disclosed may be readily utilized as a basis for modifying or designing other structures for carrying out the same purposes of the present invention. It should also be realized by those skilled in the art that such equivalent constructions do not depart from the spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the appended claims. The novel features which are believed to be characteristic of the invention, both as to its organization and method of operation, together with further objects and advantages will be better understood from the following description when considered in connection with the accompanying figures. It is to be expressly understood, however, that each of the figures is provided for the purpose of illustration and description only and is not intended as a definition of the limits of the present invention.
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"For a more complete understanding of the present invention, reference is now made to the following descriptions taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, in which:
"FIGS. 1A-B show an exemplary system illustrating a common web page authoring and deployment technique of the prior art;
"FIG. 2 shows a block diagram of an exemplary system according to one embodiment of the present invention;
"FIGS. 3A-3C show a an exemplary scenario of an authorized user performing template authoring according to an embodiment of the present invention;
"FIG. 4 shows an exemplary operational flow diagram for a template authoring tool according to one embodiment of the present invention;
"FIG. 5 shows an exemplary operational flow diagram for authoring a template according to one embodiment of the present invention;
"FIG. 6 shows an exemplary system on which embodiments of the present invention may be implemented."
For more information, see this patent application: Gopalakrishna, Ramesh; Edwin, Anand S. Visual Template Extraction. Filed
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