05706434 is referenced by 191 patents and cites 14 patents.

A method and apparatus is provided to accomplish creation and serving of data objects among various communication protocols. The method and apparatus can be used in such applications as an on-line classified advertising system on the Internet involving the World Wide Web and electronic mail. In the apparatus, a request decoder receives an incoming request, decodes the request using configurations from a configuration database in order to identify which protocol was used to transmit the request, and generates from the request a corresponding abstract data object. A data processor merges data from a main database with the abstract data object. An object formatter formats the abstract data object including the merged data. An object deliverer formats the object for outgoing transmission according to a protocol of an intended recipient. The functions of object deliverer may be performed by the object formatter.

Title
Integrated request-response system and method generating responses to request objects formatted according to various communication protocols
Application Number
8/498943
Publication Number
5706434
Application Date
July 6, 1995
Publication Date
January 6, 1998
Inventor
Piyush Bansidhar Shah
Mill Valley
CA, US
Scott M Fraize
San Francisco
CA, US
Peng Tsin Ong
Redwood City
CA, US
Kevin Scott Kunzelman
San Francisco
CA, US
Gary Kremen
San Francisco
CA, US
Agent
Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt P A
Assignee
Electric Classifieds
CA, US
IPC
G06F 15/163
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