05884262 is referenced by 498 patents and cites 29 patents.

The computer document audio access and conversion system allows a user to access information originally formatted for audio/visual interfacing on a computer network via a simple telephone. Of course, files formatted specifically for audio interfacing can also be accessed by the system. A user can call a designated telephone number and request a file via dual-tone multi-frequency (DTMF) signalling or through voice commands. The system analyzes the request and accesses a predetermined document. The document may be in a standard document file format, such as hyper-text mark-up language (HTML) which is used on the World Wide Web. The document is analyzed by the system, and depending on the different types of formats used in the document, information is translated from an audio/visual format to an audio format and played to the user via the telephone interface. The document may contain links to other documents which can be invoked to access such other documents. In addition, the system can have a native command capability which allows the system to act independently of the accessed document contents to replay a document or carry out functions similar to those available in conventional web browsers.

Title
Computer network audio access and conversion system
Application Number
8/623103
Publication Number
5884262
Application Date
March 28, 1996
Publication Date
March 16, 1999
Inventor
James E Curry
Herndon
VA, US
Efstathios Mavrotheris
Hyattsville
MD, US
Laird H Wise
Ellicott City
MD, US
Agent
Fulbright & Jaworski
Assignee
Bell Atlantic Network Services
VA, US
IPC
H04M 1/66
G06F 19/00
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