CN1124010C - Kiosk and server connected to computer network - Google Patents

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CN1124010C
CN1124010C CN98803278A CN98803278A CN1124010C CN 1124010 C CN1124010 C CN 1124010C CN 98803278 A CN98803278 A CN 98803278A CN 98803278 A CN98803278 A CN 98803278A CN 1124010 C CN1124010 C CN 1124010C
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一个服务器系统195通过网络150,如因特网,社团或政府内部网,外部网等,连到很多个信息站。 A server system 195 through a network 150, such as the Internet, corporate or government intranets, extranets, etc., connected to a number of kiosks. 信息站具有一个或多个预定义的输入/输出设备130(如显示器,键盘,纸张打印机,电话等)及每个输入/输出设备的一个或多个驱动器程序440(本地API)。 A kiosk having one or more predefined input / output devices 130 (such as a display, keyboard, printer paper, phone, etc.) and each input / output device 440 or a plurality of the driver program (local API). 显示器用于为信息站的用户显示一个或多个图形用户界面105和视频图象。 A display for displaying one or more graphical user interfaces 105 and video image information for the user station. 信息站有一浏览器160,它用于从服务器得到素材。 The kiosk 160 has a browser, which is used to obtain the material from the server. 服务器具有服务于信息站的一个或多个应用文件175或配置集。 Service station server has the information, one or more application files 175 or configuration set. 配置集是专门的应用(应用的使用使得信息站被配置或重配置)。 A configuration set is specialized application (application use such information station is configured or reconfigured). 在配置集中的一个或多个文件包括用于为信息站的设备控制本地API的一个或多个嵌入控制程序620。 In one or more centralized configuration file comprises device information for the station for one or more local control API 620 embedded control program. 这样,设备被控制以配置信息站实现应用。 Thus, the control device is configured to implement application kiosk.

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连到计算机网络上的信息站和服务器 Connected to the computer network and the server kiosk

本发明涉及连到计算机网络上的信息站(kiosk)和服务器,并允许服务器去配置信息站。 The present invention relates to a computer network connected to the kiosk (Kiosk) and the server, and allows to configure the server kiosk.

典型的信息站通常例如是放在公共场合的一种机器,通过用户或客户访问,以便服务提供者能为这些用户/客户提供服务。 Typical kiosk is typically placed in public places, for example, a machine accessible by the user or customer to the service provider to provide services to the user / client. 一般,这些服务是客户处理的“自助式服务”,无需服务提供者提供代理对客户给予专门的帮助。 Generally, these services are clients of "self-service" to provide agents for customers without the need to give special assistance service provider. 因此,这类服务趋于重复、简单和专门的任务,比如:1)获取信息,和/或2)完成某些简单的事务(如买票,提现金,查看百货商店的楼层图等)。 Therefore, these services tend to repeat simple and specialized tasks, such as: 1) access to information, and / or 2) complete some simple transaction (such as a ticket, put cash to view the floor plan of the department store, etc.).

要处理的任务需要预先规划和确定,并且必需能自助。 Tasks to be processed and to determine the need for pre-planning, and must be able to help themselves. 因此,信息站的设计是固定的,并且对具体用户不提供特定的帮助。 Thus, the design information station is fixed, and does not provide specific help particular user.

一般这些事务需要使用某些设备,如一台或多台监视器,卡片阅读器,票券打印机,激光打印机,自动提款机等。 In general, these transactions require the use of certain equipment, such as a monitor or more, card readers, ticket printer, a laser printer, cash dispenser and the like. 这些设备一般在信息站中是专为预定的任务固定设计的,因此,这些设备没有其它用途。 These devices are generally in the kiosk is designed for a predetermined fixed design task, and therefore, these devices do not have other uses.

信息站的优点是方便和可靠。 Advantage of the kiosk is easily and reliably. 信息站不需要全时操作人员执行其任务,因此可节省操作成本及提高工作效率。 Information station does not need a full-time operator to carry out their tasks, thus saving operating costs and improve efficiency.

现有技术中某些信息站通过网络连接,如银行ATM机,航空售票机等。 Some prior art kiosk via a network connection, such as a bank ATM machine, airline ticket vending machine. 亦存在一些单独信息站,如在购物街上的信息亭。 Also, there are some stand alone information, such as information kiosks in shopping street.

现有技术包括试图在银行代理和用户/客户之间建立连接,为银行业应用的具有视频会议的信息站。 Prior art attempts to establish a connection between the bank and the agent user / client, kiosks with video conference for banking applications. 这通过简单地把视频会议系统加到传统型的信息站上来实现。 This is accomplished by simply onto the conventional video conference system is added to the kiosk.

现有技术也已经把信息站和因特网结合起来。 The prior art also has the Internet kiosk, and combined. 这种信息站具有一浏览器,在信息站的屏幕上显示HTML页面。 This kiosk has a browser to display HTML pages on the screen kiosk. 在信息站上的显示屏由用户选择的超链接来控制。 On the kiosk screen is controlled by user-selected hyperlinks. 这些信息站适合信息访问,客户/用户能通过选择请求超链接的“软”按钮而提供的信息进行浏览。 These kiosks for information access, client / user can select the information request hyperlinks "soft" buttons provided to navigate. 这些信息站亦可用于某些个人通信,像电子邮件。 This information can also be used in some personal communication station, such as e-mail. 在这些系统中,屏幕通常是专门设计的,以提供一用户界面(如具有导航按钮等),信息站还充当过滤器,以限制客户能通过的URL,使只有由信息站建造者定义的HTML页(URL)能够被访问。 In these systems, the screen is usually designed to provide a user interface (e.g., a navigation button, etc.), kiosk also acts as a filter to limit the customer through the URL, so that HTML is only defined by the kiosk builder page (URL) can be accessed.

大部分现有技术的信息站是固定的,它们不能容易地,便宜地及很快地被改变或重配置,因为它们的编程一般是专门设计开发的(通常用高级计算机编程语言如C++)并为专门应用安装到信息站上。 Most prior art kiosk are fixed, they can not be easily, quickly and inexpensively be changed or reconfigured, since they are generally designed to develop programming (usually a high-level computer programming language such as C ++), and for the specific application installed on the kiosk. 任务改变都需重新编码,重新编译,重新安装及在信息站上重新测试程序。 Job changes are to be re-coded and re-compile, re-installation and re-test program on the kiosk. 这些一般必须由信息站制造商完成。 These typically be done by the manufacturer kiosk. 改变已存在的信息站是困难的,尤其是如果此领域有大量信息站需要更新时。 Change existing information station is difficult, especially if there is a lot of information in this field station needs to be updated.

现有技术的信息站未能根据应用提供有效的“面对面”的服务,即在需要代理去咨询和/或指导用户或客户以实现服务或事务的情况下。 Art kiosk depending on the application failed to provide an effective "face to face" service, that requires a proxy to consult and / or situation or guide the user in order to achieve customer service or transaction. 一个有效的“面对面”的用户服务环境不仅需要视频/音频,而且要同步地共享屏幕(例如用户/客户在代理商输入数据的同时看到该数据)及远程设备控制(例如代理能为信息站用户/客户打印收据)。 An effective "face to face" customer service environment requires not only video / audio, but also to share the screen in synchronization (such as user / customer to see the data while the agents of the input data) and remote control devices (such as proxy for the information station can user / customer to print a receipt). 现有技术不提供同步地共享屏幕或信息站的远程设备控制。 The prior art does not provide a remote control device or screen sharing synchronization information station.

而某些现有技术提供在电话上来自代理的用户帮助,通常代理不能直接看到信息站屏幕。 And some prior art available on the phone user from the agent's help, agents usually can not directly see the kiosk screen. 因此,代理必须依靠用户说明信息站的任何问题。 Therefore, the agency must rely on user indicate any problems kiosk. 代理不能直接看信息站屏幕以确定问题。 Agent can not look directly into the kiosk screen to determine the problem. 而且,代理不能远程改变信息站的程序/函数,以修复任何信息站的问题。 Moreover, the agent can not be changed remotely kiosk program / function to fix any problems kiosk. 值得注意的是某些银行业应用中的信息站提供银行代理看信息站屏幕的内容。 It is noteworthy that some banks provide banking application information see the contents of the station proxy kiosk screen. 而且,这些内容通过运行在代理工作站上独立的应用程序来显示,而不是应用程序使在信息站上显示屏幕内容。 Further, the content displayed by the agent workstation running on a standalone application, rather than the application display contents of the screen on the kiosk.

某些现有技术提供视频会议,作为信息站的功能。 Some prior art video conferencing, as a function of the kiosk. 然而,当视频会议向客户提供音频/视频连到其它组件时,这种结构在市场上还没有成功。 However, when video conferencing to provide customers with audio / video connected to other components, this structure has not been successful in the market. 因为在音频/视频通信和信息站屏幕的内容之间缺乏紧密的集成。 Because of the lack of tight integration between the content of the audio / video communications and information station screen. 当客户存在在信息站屏幕上某一输入问题时,在代理的屏幕上,代理可能没有与客户信息站屏幕上相同的信息。 When there is a problem on the input screen kiosk customers on the agent's screen, the agent does not have the same screen information kiosks on the client might. 例如,信息站在屏幕范围内有一含糊或错误值,但代理在视频会议期间将看不到该错误值。 For example, there is a vague or incorrect values ​​in the range of screen information stand, but the agent will not see the error value during a video conference. 而且,代理既不能指出客户屏幕上的位置,也不能控制客户的屏幕。 Moreover, the agency pointed out that neither position on the client screen, we can not control the customer's screen. 此外,代理不能通过未预先编程提供的信息站,向客户提供一般的信息。 In addition, the agent can not advance through programming station information provided, to provide general information to the customer. 作为另一例子,如果用户需要一个在信息站设计中不可得到的信息,代理只能提供语音或摄象机的视频信息,不可能在客户的信息站屏幕上或通过其它的信息站设备提供任何信息。 As another example, if the user requires information kiosk in a design is not obtained, the agent can only provide voice or video camera, is not possible on the client kiosk screen, or any other information via station apparatus information.

某些现有技术公开了简单的基于因特网/浏览器的信息站,这些信息站只能处理有限的及专门的应用,即限制信息的浏览。 Some prior art discloses a simple Internet-based / browser kiosk, information stations can only handle a limited and specialized applications that browse restriction information. 这些信息站不能用灵活的应用程序提供有效的客户服务环境,因为缺乏信息站的控制能力和客户与代理之间的协同。 These kiosks do not provide effective customer service environment with flexible application, because of the lack of control and synergy between customer and agent information station.

因此,本发明根据所附权利要求书的定义提供一信息站和服务器。 Accordingly, the present invention provides a kiosk and the server according to the definition of the appended claims.

这里所叙述的方法受益于灵活性,可重配置性及协同信息站结构,为各种各样的应用提供普遍存在的、可配置的及可直接访问的网络界面,包括“面对面”代理对客户的服务和事务处理,及保证公众访问许多通信网,如因特网(TCP/IP),公共服务电话网(PSTN),综合服务数字网(ISDN)等。 The method described herein benefit from the flexibility, reconfigurability and Co kiosk structure that provides for a variety of ubiquitous applications, and can be configured to direct access to the network interface, comprising a "face to face" proxy client services and transaction processing, and ensure public access to many communication network such as the Internet (TCP / IP), public service telephone network (PSTN), integrated services digital network (ISDN) and so on. 因此,网络服务系统能递交非常多的应用(潜在地被创建,开发和存贮在一个或多个网络服务器上),以对不同应用以不同方法在网络上重配置远程信息站和信息站设备,尤其是支持对不同应用以不同方法使用的各种输入输出设备。 Thus, the network service system can submit a lot of application (potentially be created, developed and stored in one or more web servers) to different remote reconfiguration method and an information kiosk station apparatus for various applications on the network , especially in support of the various input and output devices for different applications using different methods.

因此,在优选实施例中,信息站系统可连接到一个或多个网络上,如因特网,社团或政府的企业内部网等。 Thus, in a preferred embodiment, the kiosk system may be connected to one or more networks, such as the Internet, corporate or government intranet and the like. 信息站具有一个或多个输入/输出设备(如显示器,键盘,纸张打印机,电话等)及每个输入输出站用户显示一个或多个图形用户界面和视频图象。 Kiosk having one or more input / output devices (e.g. monitor, keyboard, printer paper, phone, etc.), and input and output of each user station display one or more graphical user interfaces and video images. 某些界面针对特定应用(一应用是一种用途,信息站针对该用途被配置和重配置)。 Some interface for a particular application (an application uses a kiosk configured and reconfigured for this purpose). 信息站定物(一应用是一种用途,对这用途信息站被配置和重配置)信息站具有从网络上的一个或多个服务器上取一个或多个应用文件(在配置集中)的浏览器。 Was stood information (an application is a use, and configured to use this information reconfiguration station) takes kiosk having one or more application files (configuration set) from one or more servers on a network browsing device. 应用文件(配置集)包括一个HTML文件集,文件是由信息站的浏览器按次序(由应用决定)提供的。 Application files (configuration set) comprises a set of HTML files, files are provided by the browser in order, the kiosk (determined by the application) is. 一个或多个HTML文件包括用于控制信息站上一个或多个设备的本地API的嵌入(控制)程序。 It comprises one or more HTML files for controlling the embedding API on the local station the one or more information devices (control) program. 一个或多个文件亦可以包括其他HTML文件、多媒体组件(如图象或声音)和/或到其它HTML文件的超链接、多媒体组件、嵌入程序和/或其它应用文件。 One or more files may also include other HTML documents, hyperlink multimedia components (e.g., video or audio) and / or to other HTML files, multimedia components, the program is embedded, and / or other application files. 第一个应用文件是从服务器上利用信息站上的选择功能(如语音,软按钮,超链接等)选择的。 The first is the application file (such as voice, soft buttons, hyperlinks, etc.) selected using the selection function on the kiosk from the server. 与选择(选择功能)相应的应用文件(配置集),相应地配置信息站。 And select (select) the appropriate application file (current configuration), the configuration information corresponding station. 因此,信息站可配置和重配置以实现由应用文件定义的各种应用。 Thus, the kiosk may be configured and re-configured to enable a variety of applications is defined by the application file.

在某些优先实施例中,一个或多个应用文件具有一个或多个预定的选择链接(如超链接)。 In certain preferred embodiments, one or more application files having one or more predetermined selection links (e.g., hyperlinks). 当浏览器提交或解释应用文件(例如逐个文件)预定义的选择链接呈现在用户的图形用户界面上,作为附加选择。 When the browser submits the application or interpretation file (for example, file by file) predefined user selecting a link presented on a graphical user interface, as an additional option. 通过一个或多个选择功能选定一个或多个选择,用户能选择和请求一个或多个包括零个或多个其它嵌入控制程序的其它配置集,HTML文件等。 Select one or more functions of one or more selection choice, and the user can select one or more requests include zero or more other configuration sets other embedded control program, HTML files. 因此,通过用户的这些附加选择,由浏览器提交的HTML文件内容的序列,以及事实上序列中的文件能被改变,以按不同方式重配置信息站,从用户那里得到信息,和/或提供信息给用户。 Thus, by the user selecting these additional sequence submissions HTML content by the browser, and the fact that the sequence file can be changed, in different ways station reconfiguration information, information obtained from the user, and / or providing information to the user. 依次序提交的HTML文件内容配置信息站,提供交互式屏幕的一屏或多屏序列,并且如果需要,对设备动作排序(由嵌入程序控制),所述设备动作结合针对专门选择的应用重配置信息站。 HTML documents submitted in order, the content configuration information station, providing a screen or sequence of screens of the interactive screen, and if desired, sorting operation devices (the embedded control program), the operation of the device in conjunction with reconfiguration specially selected for the application information station. 在这些实施例中,用户(或信息站或服务器中其它功能)通过选择信息站上不同的选择功能,为其它的应用能重配置信息站。 In these embodiments, a user (or a server kiosk or other functions) by selecting a different station selecting function information for other applications to reconfigure the kiosk.

在某些优先实施例中,应用部分包括Web页共享功能,以允许代理或客户通过信息站和服务器,在网络上协同工作。 In certain preferred embodiments, the application portion includes a Web page sharing feature allows the broker to client or by the server and station information, work together on a network. 一优选实施例实现“瘦”客户机结构,即其中没有专门的应用软件驻留在信息站上。 A preferred embodiment to achieve "thin" client architecture, in which there is no specific information on the application software resides in the station.

本发明的各种实施例,在此仅参考下面附图的图例方法,给予详述。 Various embodiments of the present invention, a method herein below illustration only with reference to the accompanying drawings, detailed description given.

图1是信息站的一个优选实施例的方块图。 FIG. 1 is a block diagram of an embodiment of the preferred kiosk.

图2是信息站的另一优选实施例的方块图。 FIG 2 is a block diagram of another preferred embodiment of the kiosk.

图3是信息站中所用的图形用户界面示例的方块图。 FIG 3 is a block diagram of an example of a user interface used in kiosk pattern.

图4是显示配置集(应用文件)的方块图,配置集由用户选择和执行以配置信息站。 FIG 4 is a configuration set (application files) block diagram of the configuration set by the user selection and configuration information to perform stop.

图5是应用文件集(配置集)的方块图,包括一个或多个HTML文件以及与至少包括一个嵌入控制程序的相关的超文本部分。 FIG 5 is a set of application files (configuration set) of a block diagram, comprising one or more HTML files and embedded at least comprises a portion of a control program related to hypertext.

图6是一方块图,显示一个执行应用文件及同本地API程序交互以配置信息站的控制程序/函数的一个优选实施例。 FIG 6 is a block diagram showing a file, and execution of the application program to interact with the native API configuration control program kiosk embodiment / preferred function.

图6A-6D的方块图,显示了信息站控制制的各种不同的优选实施例。 Figures 6A-6D is a block diagram showing the control system of the kiosk of various preferred embodiments.

图7是一流程图,显示了用API控制函数执行一个应用文件的实现步骤。 FIG. 7 is a flow chart showing the steps implemented by the control function to perform an API application file.

图8是一流程图,显示了在典型服务器中执行的步骤。 FIG 8 is a flow chart showing the steps performed in a typical server.

图9是一方块图,显示了使用ActiveX的优选的信息站软件结构。 FIG 9 is a block diagram showing the software configuration of the preferred kiosk use of ActiveX.

图9A-9D的方块图,显示使用ActiveX的信息站控制机制的各种另外的优选实施例。 Figures 9A-9D is a block diagram showing a further embodiment of the various control mechanisms of the kiosk using ActiveX preferred.

图10是一方块图,使用插件的另外的信息站控制实施例。 FIG 10 is a block diagram used to insert additional information control station embodiment.

参考图1它是信息站100的一个优选实施例的方块图,其中信息站100包括计算机110(如IBM的PC350或PC750个人计算机),它具有合适的大家知道的网络接口155。 Referring to Figure 1 which is a block diagram of an embodiment 100 of a preferred kiosk, where the kiosk 100 includes a computer 110 (PC350 or PC750 such as IBM Personal Computer), we know that it has an appropriate network interface 155. 网络150可能是任意一已知的局域网(LAN)或广域网(WAN)。 Network 150 may be any of a known local area network (LAN) or a wide area network (WAN). 在优选实施例中,网络150是因特网,而其它的一般网络150预期包括:像社团网,政府网,教育网那样的企业内部网,社团间的外部网(extranet)以及一个或多个零售商用的网,这些网能通过电话网,有线电视网,ISDN网等实现。 In a preferred embodiment, the network 150 is the Internet, and other network 150 is generally expected to include: image associations, extranet between governmental network, intranet networks such as education, community (Extranet) and one or more retailer with network, which network through the telephone network, cable television network, ISDN network or the like. 计算机100具有一个或多个输入和/或输出设备(下面)130。 Computer 100 has one or more input and / or output devices (below) 130. 它们作为信息站100的一部分被安装。 They are installed as part of the information station 100. 计算机110一般有大家熟知的一个或多个主存贮器,一个或多个外存贮器(如硬盘驱动器,CD-ROM等)110M及一个或多个熟悉的中央处理单元(CPU)110C。 The computer 110 typically has one or more well-known main memory, one or more external memory (such as hard drives, CD-ROM, etc.) or 110M and a more familiar central processing unit (CPU) 110C. 此外,为了维护目的计算机110还有可选配的硬件键盘135及鼠标134等。 In addition, computer 110 for maintenance purposes as well as an optional hardware keyboard 135 and mouse 134 and the like. 用户访问各种(外部设备130)输入和/或输出设备(集体号为130),以通过计算机110和网络150向连到网络150上的其它客户机和/或服务器195,和/或从连到网络150上的其它客户机和/或服务器195传送信息。 User access various (external device 130) input and / or output devices (collectively No. 130), computer 110 through the network 150 and connected to the other clients on the network 150 and / or server 195 and / or from a connected to other clients and / or servers 195 on the network 150 to transmit information. 这些输入/输出设备130的例子包括具有屏幕105的触摸终端103,打印机109,任何熟知的一般信息读入器111(如为阅读磁卡,信用卡或智能卡的卡片读入器121),扫描仪(如激光扫描仪)112,任何熟知的一般信息写入器113(如打印机,票券打印机),如软盘驱动的介质打印机,财务报表打印机,或单据打印机),自动售货机(如为销售滞销货或计算机盘)或任何其它设备130,这些设备以有形介质113A上的信息提供给用户。 Examples of these input / output device 130 includes a touch terminal having a screen 105 of 103, the printer 109, any well-known general information reading device 111 (e.g., reading is to read the card magnetic card, credit card or smart card 121), a scanner (e.g. laser scanner) 112, any well-known general information writer 113 (such as a printer, ticket printer), a printer such as a floppy disk drive media, financial statement printer, printer or documents), vending machines (e.g., sales of goods or unsalable computer disk) 130 or any other device, the device to the information on the tangible medium 113A provided to the user. 其它输入/输出设备130包括下列设备中的一个或多个:自动提款机,扫描仪,存款机,笔输入136,卡片发行器,票券发行器,CRT,键盘,触摸屏,程序可控制摄象机,一个或多个人体传感器(如红外线)。 Other input / output devices 130 include one or more of the following devices: an ATM, a scanner, a cash machine, pen 136, a card issuer, a ticket issuer, CRT, keyboard, touch screen, camera control program like machines, one or more body sensors (such as infrared). 一个或多个照明,CD-ROM播放器,音频输入/输出设备(如话筒133,扬声器132或电话装置107)及存贮器113B。 One or more illumination, CD-ROM player, an audio input / output devices (e.g., microphone 133, speaker 132 or the telephone device 107) and a memory 113B. 信息站100能被提供有熟知的通信设备如电话107或视频会议系统114如PictureTel PCS-100桌面ISDN视频会议系统(PictureTel是PictureTel公司的注册商标)。 Kiosk 100 can be provided with well-known communication device 107 such as a telephone or video conference system 114 as ISDN PictureTel PCS-100 Desktop video conferencing system (PictureTel PictureTel is a registered trademark of the company). 视频会议系统包括摄象机131,扬声器132,话筒133和/或经过合适的网络接口155的一个或多个ISDN相连的或不相连的网络连接。 Video conference system comprising a camera 131, a speaker 132, a microphone 133, and / or through a suitable network interface 155 is connected to one or more or not connected to ISDN network connection. 连接能够做到连到其它网络151上,如经电话107,扬声器132,和/或ISDN线123的普通老式电话系统(POTS)电话网122。 Connected to the connector can do other networks 151, such as via telephone 107, a speaker 132, and a Plain Old Telephone System / 123 or an ISDN line (POTS) telephone network 122. 其它的外部设备130亦能用已知的接口,独立地连到网络(150,151)上。 Other external devices 130 can also interface with a known, is independently connected to the network (150, 151).

计算机CPU110C执行软件程序包括控制进程和程序库125及在某些优选实施例中的一个或多个协同进程170。 CPU110C computer executing a software program comprising a control process and a library of embodiment 125, and one or more cooperating processes In certain preferred embodiments 170. 控制进程125具有二部分:一个或多个嵌入控制函数/程序620及一个或多个控制机制640(见下面图5,6-6D)。 Process control 125 has two parts: one or more embedded control functions / programs 620 and one or more control mechanisms 640 (see FIG below 5,6-6D). 嵌入控制程序/函数620是满足专门处理的(如为银行业汽车贷款,卡片机购物等),而用了不满足专门控制的机制640去控制与各个输入/输出设备(或其子集)130相关的本地应用程序接口680(API)。 Embedded control program / function 620 to meet special processing (e.g., car loans as banking, shopping card machine, etc.), but does not meet with the special control mechanism 640 to control the respective input / output devices (or a subset thereof) 130 associated local application programming interface 680 (API). 因此,输入/输出设备130在某些意义上说专门由应用内容控制。 Therefore, the input / output device 130 in some sense a special control of the application content. 在另一实施例中,控制机制能从网络150动态地装载到计算机110。 In another embodiment, the control mechanism 150 from a network is dynamically loaded into the computer 110.

协同进程170包括API和其它执行函数的程序,它建立来自信息站100的协同会话。 Coprocess 170 includes API functions and other program execution, it establishes collaborative session information from the station 100. 协同进程说明在美国专利申请08/722,287中,以题目为“因特网网页共享”,由Fin等人在1996年9月27日申请,在此对它全文引为参考。 Collaborative process described in US patent application 08 / 722,287, entitled to "Internet pages sharing", filed by Fin et al, 1996 September 27, in its entirety herein by reference. (见欧洲专利(EP)申请97307536.0,公开号833260)计算机还执行与网络150交互所需的程序,包括Web浏览器程序160,如Netscape Navigator浏览器。 (See European Patent (EP) Application 97307536.0, Publication No. 833 260) further executes the computer program needed for interaction with the network 150, 160 comprises a Web browser program such as Netscape Navigator browser. (Netscape Navigator是Netscape通信公司的注册商标)。 (Netscape Navigator is a registered trademark of Netscape Communications Corporation).

图2是本发明的另一实施例的方块图,显示的信息站100在封闭空间或部分封闭空间200中。 FIG 2 is a block diagram of another embodiment of the present invention, the information displayed in the station 100 or in the closed space partially enclosed space 200. 封闭空间200能够是任何类型的空间,如房间,小室或任何其它私人或半私人区域,在该区域内驻留信息站100同一个或多个用户。 Enclosure 200 can be any type of space, such as a room, chamber, or any other private or semi-private area, reside in the region 100 with the one or more user stations information. 在此实施例中,计算机110被连到一个或多个已知的周边外部设备130上。 In this embodiment, the computer 110 is connected to one or more external devices 130 known in the periphery. 由计算机100控制为用户在空间200中创建环境。 Creating the environment in the space controlled by the computer 200 100 users. 例如,周边的外部设备可以包括空间照明205,传送附加信息(如销售信息)的空间200中的显示器210和/或环境要素(如景色或虚拟世界的可变显示),和/或对空间200和/或从空间200的安全访问215。 For example, the external peripheral device 205 may include a space lighting and / or environmental factors in spatial transmission of additional information (e.g., sales information) 200, display 210 (e.g., variable or virtual world views shown), and / or space 200 and / or secure access space 215 from 200. 此外,这(部分)封闭空间可能具有类似于上述那些外部设备130的其它周边外部设备130,如声音,视频会议等。 Further, this (part) may have a closed space external device 130 similar to those described above, such as sound, video conferencing other peripheral external device 130 and the like. 虚拟世界的例子是大家熟知的。 The virtual world is well-known examples.

在系统100和200的优先实施例中,用户(使用选择功能)选择一应用,如银行业,针对该应用信息站将被配置,且浏览器160在因特网(通用网络)150上同一个或多个web服务器195交互,去取一个或多个配置集175。 In the preferred embodiment of system 100 and 200 of the embodiment, a user (using the selection function) to select an application, such as banking, application information for the station to be configured, and the Internet browser 160 (universal network) 150 with one or more a web server 195 interaction, pick up one or more configuration sets 175. 任意选择的数据通信在服务器195和信息站(100,200)的浏览器160之间开始。 160 arbitrarily selected between the start of data communication in the browser 195 and the information server station (100, 200). 然后,应用文件175逐个文件地被浏览器160执行,用以:1)任意请求驱动器程序(本地API680),它们控制随同各个应用使用的一个或多个输入/输出设备(如触摸终端103或显示器)130;2)任意选择使一系列输入/输出设备130发生动作,如在终端/显示器上显示一系列web页;3)任意选择地通知用户从输入设备130输入到服务器195;及4)还根据用户的输入任意选择应用文件175进一步由浏览器160执行。 Then, the application file 175 file by file 160 is executing a browser, to: 1) an arbitrary request driver program (local API680), which controls one or more input / output devices (e.g., terminal 103 along with a touch each application or use of the display ) 130; 2) optionally selected so that a series of input / output device 130 generates the operation, as displayed on the terminal / display a series of web pages; 3) arbitrarily selected notify the user input from input device 130 to the server 195; and 4) also the user input 175 arbitrarily selected application file 160 is further executed by the browser. 因此,用户能用第一选择功能选择第一种应用(并且它的相关应用文件175在服务器195上),它针对第一种专门选择的应用重配置信息站。 Thus, the user can select a first selection of an application (and its associated application file 175 on the server 195), which station reconfiguration information for a special application selection. 当选择第二种应用时,信息站针对第二种应用,再一次重配置等等。 When selecting a second application, a second application for the kiosk, and so again reconfiguration. 对任何后面的配置,选择功能以前面配置形式提供给用户。 Any of the following configuration, selection function available to the user in front of configurations.

应用是信息站被配置的任何用途。 Application of any station is configured to use the information. 例如应用包括在下列方面的用途(配置):财政、商业、信息(新闻,广告)、通信(电子邮件)、web访问、视频会议、零售、市场交易、服务(如政府规划)。 For example applications include use (configuration) in the following areas: finance, business, information (news, advertising), communications (e-mail), web access, video conferencing, retail, market transactions, services (such as government planning). 应用的所有者是配置信息站来提供应用的任何个人、组织或企业。 The owner of the kiosk application is configured to provide any person, organization or enterprise applications. 例如一个银行或共同基金应该用一个或多个金融应用来配置信息站。 Such as a bank or mutual fund should use one or more financial information to configure the application station. 这些金融应用的例子包括提供用户金融信息、开帐号、分发现金、支付帐单、提供贷款、做存款及从代理那里得到帮助。 Examples of these applications include providing financial users of financial information, open an account, dispensing cash, pay bills, loans, make deposits and get help from an agent there. 服务业主的一个例子是汽车租赁公司,它将配置信息站,以提供汽车租赁/租约等。 An example of the service is the owner of the car rental company, it will configure the kiosk to provide car rental / lease and so on.

在另一优选实施例中,信息站(100,200)不是由用户,而是由服务器195重配置。 In another preferred embodiment, the kiosk (100, 200) is not, but the server configured by the user 195 by the weight. 例如,信息站能置于公共场合,像购物商业街,浏览器能做成一开始或周期性地从位于网络150上的一个或多个服务器195或从缺省或代理服务器195A上取(或者服务器能做成“推送”)配置集(应用文件)175给信息站100。 For example, the kiosk can be placed in a public place, like a shopping mall, a browser can be made to start or periodically taken from a 195 or 150 is located on a network server from one or more default or proxy server 195A (or the server can be made to "push") configuration set (application file) 175 to the information station 100. 因此,系统设计者从服务器195的远程位置能控制信息站的配置。 Thus, the system designer from a remote location server 195 can control the configuration information for the station. 作为一例子,在商业街上的信息站能被初始配置以显示商业街的地图,播放背景音乐,公告或提供天气情况,或其它一般信息像新闻或股票报价。 As an example, be in the high street kiosks initially configured to display a map of the mall, play background music, announcements or provide weather conditions, or other general information like news or stock quotes.

配置集175也能控制一个或多个输入/输出设备130具有或成为选择功能105A。 Configuration set 175 can control one or more input / output device 130 or may be the selection function 105A. 例如,触摸屏,图标,超文本链接,图形用户界面上的软按钮,硬连线的按钮,远程传感器(像射频识别器),或视频会议系统的现场语音消息。 For example, touch screen, icons, hyperlinks, soft buttons on the graphical user interface, hard-wired buttons, remote sensors (like radio frequency identification devices), voice messages or live video conferencing system. 选择功能105A是允许用户做选择,使信息站针对用户应用而重配置的功能。 105A selection function that allows the user to choose the kiosk for the user application functions of reconfiguration.

这些选择功能105A允许用户去重配置信息站100/200,和/或访问由服务器195促使信息站提供的其它信息。 These allow the user to select 105A stations 100/200 reconfiguration information, information of other stations provided and / or accessed by the server 195 causes.

选择功能105A,和/或其它显示的信息亦可能是信息站拥有者/操作者的收入来源。 Selection function 105A, and / or other information displayed may also be a source of income kiosk owner / operator. 例如,由信息站提供的通告能够是付费的广告。 For example, the notice provided by the kiosk can be paid advertising. 应用提供者(如银行,共同基金,抵押公司,贷方,经纪人(股票,不动产),租赁企业(车,装备)服务提供者和零售商)为在信息站100/200上有选择功能将支付费用,用户将针对他们的应用选择配置信息站。 Application providers (such as banks, mutual funds, mortgage companies, lenders, brokers (stocks, real estate), leasing companies (vehicles, equipment) service providers and retailers) to selectively feature on the kiosk 100/200 will pay cost, user configuration information station for their application choice. 费用数目可以根据:信息站位置,在信息站上(如图形用户界面)选择功能/信息的定位/位置,选择功能105A的大小,由信息站提供的选择功能105A/信息的时间和持续时间等。 The number of charges according to: kiosk location on the kiosk (graphical user interface) Select / location information / location, select the size of the function 105A, the selection function provided by the kiosk 105A / time and duration information, and the like . 选择功能105A/信息在不同时间能够改变或周期性地显示为的是以不同类用户/客户为目标。 Select 105A / or information can be changed periodically in a different category is displayed as the user / client to the target at different times. 例如,在重要中心站的信息站在高峰时间可显示长期客流信息,而正好在午餐前应重配置信息站,以具备选择功能105A用以订餐。 For example, standing time peak information may show significant long-term central station traffic information, the kiosk just be reconfigured before lunch, to have to select 105A ordering.

信息站100/200能由应用提供者通过服务器195重配置成用户专门的信息站。 100/200 kiosk by the application provider can be configured by the user to the server 195 re-station specific information. 例如旅行代理可为Mr.Smith备有用户概况,Mr.Smith在公共场所或他雇用的地方在信息站100/200上选择一选择功能105A。 For example, a travel agent may be provided with a user profile is Mr.Smith, Mr.Smith choose a selection function 105A on the kiosk 100/200 in a public place or a place where he hired. 一旦信息站为旅行代理的应用而重配置,信息站(如由一个应用文件175指引)能向Mr.Smith请求个人信息,例如靠输入一个人识别代码或使用一个输入/输出设备刷信用卡。 Once the information is a travel agent application station and reconfiguration, kiosk (such as directed by an application file 175) can request Mr.Smith personal information, for example, input by a person using an identification code or input / output devices credit card. 然后,Mr.Smith的个人信息通过信息站100/200传到服务器195则Mr.Smith的概况被访问到。 Then, personal information Mr.Smith through the information to the server station 100/200 195 Mr.Smith profile is accessed. 利用概况中的信息,一个或多个应用文件175由服务器送出为Mr.Smith专门配置信息站。 Using the information in the profiles, one or more application files 175 sent by the server to specially configured kiosk Mr.Smith. 例如,只有到中美洲的渡假有关事物可以在信息站上提供。 For example, only about things to Central America vacation can provide information on the station. 在另外一实施例中,一个或多个应用文件175能允许用户去组织GUI(300下面)。 In another embodiment, one or more application files 175 allow the user to organize the GUI (300 below).

在信息站100/200的另一优选配置中,在一个或多个信息站用户和一个或多个应用提供者的代理之间,建立协同会话。 In another preferred configuration station 100/200, between one or more users and a kiosk or more application providers agents, establishing a collaborative session. 协同是由驻留在信息站上协同进程170建立,或者由服务器195根据应用文件175提供(见上面参照的Fin等人的专利申请)。 Synergy of cooperating processes residing on the kiosk 170 to establish, 175 or 195 provided by the server application file (see the above referenced patent application Fin et al.).

在信息站(100,200)的另外一个优选配置中,服务器195向信息站提供用于监视或维护信息站的应用文件175。 In the kiosk (100, 200) is a further preferred configuration, the server 195 provides for the monitoring or maintenance of the application file 175 to the information kiosk station. 例如,在这些实施例中,一个或多个嵌入控制程序620监视一个或多个输入/输出设备130的工作状态,如用“安全”定时状态,错误检查协议等,以决定那一个输入/输出设备是工作的。 For example, in these embodiments, one or more embedded control program 620 monitors the operating state of the one or more input / output device 130, such as a "safe" time status, error checking protocols, etc., to determine that an input / output equipment works. 这些信息被传回到信息站195。 This information is passed back to the kiosk 195. 其它应用文件175被用来询问那一个输入/输出设备130在给定的信息站上是被安装的或工作。 Other application file 175 is used to query the one input / output device 130 on the information given station is installed or working. 这样,服务器195能确定送到信息站的那一个另外的应用文件,能允许安装的或工作的输入/输出设备130,及不允许(配置)未安装的或出错的设备。 Thus, to the server 195 can determine that the file information is a further station, allow the installation or input work / output device 130, and is not allowed (configuration) or the error of the device is not installed. 因此,包含输入/输出设备130的任意通用组合的信息站能远程安装到服务器,以及服务器将提供合适的和工作的应用文件,使信息站为任何给定的应用而工作。 Thus, any station comprising information input / output device 130 can be a combination of universal remote installation to the server, and the server will provide a suitable working and application files, so the kiosk for any given application to work. 应用文件也能够用来从一个或多个输入/输出设备获得信息,以确定如何操作这些设备。 Application file can also be used to obtain information from one or more input / output devices, to determine how to operate these devices.

图3显示了出现在信息站100/200的屏幕/显示器上的图形用户界面(GUI)300的例子。 Figure 3 shows an example appears on the screen of the kiosk 100/200 / display a graphical user interface (GUI) 300 of. GUI300通过选择功能105A为信息站用户提供主访问界面。 GUI300 provides the primary interface for access by the user station selection function information 105A. 选择功能105A的示例包括表示为银行301,保险服务302,通用软件按钮303,Pizza餐馆304这些应用的图标图象301-304。 Examples include the selection function 105A represents 301 banks, 302 insurance services, common software button 303, Pizza restaurant icon image 304 of these applications 301-304. GUI300也能以具有一个或多个选择(典型的是325)的菜单320的形式或显示选择功能105A。 GUI300 also be in the form of one or more selected (typically 325) displays a menu selection function 320 or 105A. 选择功能105A的另一些例子能够是部分GUI 300和/或菜单320的超链接350。 Other examples of selection function 105A can be a part of GUI 300 hyperlinks 350 and / or 320 of the menu. GUI300的其它区域340能用来输入信息和/或其它数据。 Other GUI300 region 340 can be used to input information and / or other data. 利用这些信息段340,GUI300能按格式370,像税单表,借款申请,贷款申请,存款条等而呈现。 Using this information section 340, GUI300 format can press 370, like the tax tables, loan applications, loan applications, deposits and other pieces presented. GUI能使用众所周知的技术,通过浏览器160,按web页显示。 GUI can use well-known techniques, through the browser 160, according to the web page display. web页可具有多媒体(声音,视频)的式样,它们通过其它输入/输出设备130呈现给用户。 Shape may have a web page multimedia (voice, video), are presented to the user through the other input / output device 130.

图4说明用户如何通过用户界面交互,选择选择功能105A的机制。 4 illustrates how a user interaction via the user interface, the selection mechanism to select function 105A. 选择功能105A使相应的配置集175从服务器卸载到客户机(信息站100,200)以处理某些专门的功能,以及控制外部设备130(如107,109,110,113,114等)的专门的子集451。 105A select the corresponding configuration set 175 is unloaded from the server to the client (kiosk 100, 200) to handle certain special functions, and control the external device 130 (such as 107,109,110,113,114, etc.) specifically a subset of 451. 外部设备130通过它们的本地API440(或这些本地API440的子集441)被控制。 External device 130 is controlled by their local API440 (or a subset of these local API440 441). 本地API440是直接地控制一个或多个外部设备130的软件功能接口。 Local API440 directly control one or more external devices 130. The functional interface software. 例如,用于卡片读入器130的本地API可包括:初始化,起动,从卡片读入数据,推出卡片及关闭功能。 For example, a local card reader for the API 130 may include: initialization, start, read data from the card, the card and the introduction of off function.

通过选择功能105A实现(信息站配置的)选择,选择功能105A的示例包括:a)用户明确地触摸屏幕上的图象图标,或其它选择部件如按钮。 a) the user explicitly touch screen icons on the image, such as a button or other selection means: selection function to realize 105A (station configuration information) selection, selection by the function 105A comprises an example.

b)当前执行的程序,根据用户的行为确定需要请求某一选择。 b) the currently executing program, determines that a request is selected according to the user's behavior. 例如,若用户在一行中产生二次以上的相同错误,则请求帮助程序。 For example, if the user generates the same error in a row above the second, requesting assistance program.

c)根据当前执行程序的逻辑,确定下一步的选择(信息站配置)。 c) According to the current execution of the program logic, determines the next selection (station configuration information). 例如一旦用户办完抵押具有资格条件的申请,且银行同意它。 For example, once a user has after finishing mortgage eligibility criteria, and the bank agrees to it. 当前的应用询问用户是否需要房地产经纪人的信息,若他回答“是”信息站配置被改变为房地产经纪人应用的选择。 The application asks the user whether the current real estate broker information needed, if he answered "Yes" kiosk configuration is changed to the selected real estate broker applications.

在一个实施例中,当选择105A被做出时,浏览器160为对应于选择功能1 05A的第一个应用文件175(文件500),经过网络接口155,用HTTP向服务器195发送请求(在应用文件/配置集175中的文件500的说明,也见图5)。 In one embodiment, when the selection is made 105A, corresponding to the browser 160 to select the first 175 1 05A application file (file 500), through the network interface 155, by sending a request to HTTP server 195 (in application files / configuration description file set 175 500, see also Fig. 5). 服务器195于是向浏览器160提供应用文件175服务。 195 file server application then provides 175 services to the browser 160. 在应用文件500到达浏览器160之后,文件500的HTML内容被逐行执行,如果下面的应用文件500同浏览器正在执行的当前的应用文件500相关连(如超链接的),此下面的应用文件500亦要送到浏览器,这样,浏览器160根据配置集175中HTML文本定义的次序,逐行及逐个配置集175地执行每个文件500。 After the application file 500 reaches the browser 160, the HTML content file 500 is performed row by row, the current application file if the following application file 500 is performing the same browser 500 associated companies (such as hyperlinks), the following Applications file 500 should also be sent to the browser so that the browser configuration set 160 according to the order defined in the HTML document 175, and a row-by configuration sets 175 to 500 performed for each file. 如此,通过执行在应用文件/配置集175中的文件500,本地API440(同设备130相关),或本地API的子集441被调用,以控制被选择的设备子集451并且信息站(100,200)被重配置。 Thus, by executing the file in the application file / configuration set 175 500, the sub-local API440 (130 associated with the device), or a local API set 441 is called to the control device sub selected set 451 and the information station (100, 200) is reconfigured. 值得注意的是每个应用文件/文件(175,500)的逻辑和/或用户的作用,能改变那些应用文件/文件(175,200)被执行和/或是否某些应用文件不被执行。 It is noted that the role of each application file / files (175,500) of the logic and / or the user can change those applications files / (175,200) is performed and / or whether some of the application file is not performed.

通过执行应用文件175,浏览器160选择和控制一个或多个设备130。 175 by executing the application file, and the browser 160 selects one or more control devices 130. 根据在应用文件(如设备子集451)执行期间选择的设备451及如何控制设备子集451。 The file during application (e.g., a subset of devices 451) performing the selected devices 451 and 451 how a subset of the control device. 定义信息站的配置,例如,在银行业配置中,执行的应用文件175,调用API子集441,如选择和控制卡片读入器111和打印机109(设备子集451),分别读银行卡及打印出事务记录。 Station configuration definition information, e.g., in the banking configuration, the application execution file 175, a subset of the API call 441, such as selecting and controlling the card reader 111 and the printer 109 (device subset 451), respectively, and the read bank cards print out transaction records. 在同样的银行业配置中,执行一个或多个应用文件(和/或应用文件中一些行)175并不选择或控制设备130,而作其它动作,包括:存贮数据,发送数据,或返回消息到服务器195等。 Banking the same configuration, one or more application files (and / or application file some lines) 175 is not selected or the control device 130, and for other actions, comprising: data storage, data transmission, or return message to the server 195 and so on. 在另外一种配置中,Pizza订货,执行的应用文件调用各种API子集441,以选择和控制同样的设备子集451(即卡片读入器111,打印机109)分别读出和从信用卡收费并打印出指示所选的Pizza主项的购物收据。 In another arrangement, Pizza orders, execute the application file subset of calling various API 441, and the control to select the same subset of devices 451 (i.e., into the card reader 111, the printer 109) are read out from the credit card charges and and print out a receipt indicating the selected shopping Pizza main item.

值得注意的是在某些配置中,执行的应用文件175并不选择一个或多个设备130。 It is noted that in certain configurations, the application execution file 175 do not select one or more devices 130. 这时,使用缺省设备,例如,在文件500中的一行使显示的文本的一行按缺省直接送到显示器103上。 In this case, the default device, e.g., a line of displayed text exercise in document 500 by default sent directly to display 103.

还有一个值得注意的是浏览器160能访问本地可执行模块的专用集。 Also noteworthy is the 160 browser can access local executable module-specific set. 这些模块用其它本地程序和/或库同执行的应用文件交互(见图6)。 These modules interact with other native application file and / or to the implementation of the library (see FIG. 6).

图5是应用文件集(配置集)175的方块图,包括一个或多个HTML文件500和包含至少一个嵌入控制程序620的相关超文本部分。 FIG 5 is a set of application file (current configuration) block 175, comprising one or more HTML files associated hypertext 500 and 620 comprises at least a portion of the embedded control program. 所有基于web的应用文件175是以至少一个嵌入控制程序620为基础文件的HTML。 All web-based application file 175 is at least one embedded control program 620 for the base HTML file. 应用文件175可任选包含基于HTML或不基于HTML的其它超文本部分。 Application file 175 may optionally comprise HTML-based or not based on the other part of the HTML hypertext. 典型地,一个HTML文件包括标准的HTML(如HTML3.0)标志为:文本525,图象或图形528,动画(嵌入的如图象528,小应用程序505,脚本515或其它嵌入组件520),声音(如一嵌入组件520),视频(如嵌入组件520)及其它嵌入程序520。 Typically, a standard HTML file comprises HTML (eg HTML3.0) flag: text 525, graphics or images 528, animations (such as embedded image 528, an applet 505, script 515 or other insert element 520) , sound (such as a insert element 520), video (e.g., insert element 520), and other embedded program 520. 这些标志都是大家熟知的。 These marks are well known. 在一优选实施例中,浏览器160是NetscapeNavigator V3.0。 In a preferred embodiment, the browser 160 is NetscapeNavigator V3.0. 嵌入程序能用Javascript和/或Java小应用程序和/或任何其它用插件的嵌入程序来实现(Java是Sun Microsystems公司的注册商标)。 Javascript can be embedded in programs and / or Java applets and / or any other program with embedded plug-ins to achieve (Java is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.). 如图5中所示,HTML文件500用标志505嵌入一Java小应用程序,标志515嵌入Javascript函数,标志520嵌入任何其它请求浏览器插件功能的程序。 As shown, HTML document 500 with a marker 505 5 embedded Java applets, Javascript embedded function flag 515, flag 520 embedded in any other program requests the browser plug-in functionality. 在标准HTML标志中更多的信息可在“Netscape HTML3.0Source Book”中找到,在此全部地引入参考。 More information can be found in "Netscape HTML3.0Source Book" in a standard HTML tag, which is hereby fully incorporated by reference. 某些嵌入程序520被嵌入控制函数/程序620。 Some embedded control program 520 is embedded in a function / procedure 620.

图6是方块图,显示在执行典型应用配置信息站100的嵌入控制程序620中,所包含的系统组件。 FIG 6 is a block diagram showing the system components execute typical application station configuration information embedded in the control program 620 100, it included.

在浏览器160中,功能上有一解释器610起解释或识别HTML文件中HTML标志的作用。 Browser 160, a interpreter 610 serve to explain the role of HTML files or HTML identifying mark on the function. 解释器610根据标志的类型和标志的内容,将请求HTML标志执行器611去执行每个HTML标志的函数。 Interpreter 610 based on the content type and the flag of the flags, HTML request flag actuator 611 to perform the function for each HTML tag. 若此执行不请求本地信息站程序的API调用680(包括本地外部设备API440),如果需要,浏览器使用标准函数库617执行615每个HTML标志。 If this information do not request the local station's API calls 680 (including local external device API440), if desired, using standard library browser 617 performs 615 each HTML tag. 这些无API控制的函数615包括:显示文本,显示图象等。 These non-API function control 615 includes: a display text, images and other displays. 这些是大家熟知的并已出现在现有技术的游览器中。 These are well-known and has appeared in the prior art tour vessel.

然而,若执行器611遇到调用一个本地信息站的API680的嵌入控制函数620,执行器611请求浏览器160内部的安全管理器625确定是否允许API调用。 However, if the actuator 611 encounters a local information embedded call control function API680 station 620, the actuator 611 inside the browser to request the security manager 625 determines 160 whether to permit the API call. 正如下文将更详细说明的,信息站控制机制640或部分的该机制640A被置于浏览器所在的目录的子目录中。 As described in more detail below, the kiosk control mechanism 640 or the mechanism portion 640A is placed in the directory's browser is located. 通过所做这些事,当执行器611遇到嵌入控制函数620时,安全管理器625将寻找控制机制640(下面为640A),且API控制函数621将装载控制机制640/640A到浏览器进程160。 By doing these things, when the actuator 611 encounters embedded control function 620, security manager 625 will find 640 control mechanisms (as below 640A), and API control function 621 to load control mechanism 640 / 640A to the browser process 160 . 例如,这些嵌入控制函数620可包括小应用程序,以调用一个或多个本地API函数680/440(即被选择的API子集441)去操作给定的设备子集451,例如,若设备是卡片读入机,嵌入控制函数620用控制机制680可调用合适的API440,打开卡片读入机设备,从卡片上读数据,推出卡片和关闭卡片读入设备。 For example, the control function 620 may include an embedded applet to invoke one or more local API functions 680/440 (API i.e. the selected subset 441) to operate a given subset of devices 451, for example, if the device is card reader into the machine, the control function 620 is embedded with the control mechanism 680 may invoke the appropriate API440, open into the machine card reader device, read data from the card, the card introduced into a card reader and closing device.

值得指出的是浏览器160并不执行来自网络150上的嵌入控制函数620,去执行本地API680。 It is worth noting that the browser does not perform embedded control functions 160 620 from the network 150 to perform local API680. 事实上,这些浏览器因为大家都知道的安全原因,专门防止执行这些API控制函数。 In fact, these browsers for security reasons we all know, specifically to prevent the implementation of these API control functions. 例如,若应用文件在经过网络时被改变,在应用文件中被损坏的控制函数的执行,可造成客户机上,也就是信息站(100,200)上不可预测并且是有害的结果。 For example, if the application file is changed through the network, the application executed in the file control function is damaged, it may cause the client, i.e. the information station (100, 200) and is the unpredictable deleterious consequences.

众所周知,Java的设计通过使用专门的手段,如字节码传输和通过虚拟机的校验及错误检查等,克服了网络安全问题。 As we all know, Java is designed by using specialized tools, such as transmission and bytecode virtual machine calibration and error checking, overcoming network security issues. 而且,当Java在基于web的应用中采用小应用程序,被嵌在HTML文件中,浏览器通常要严格地防止Java小应用程序访问在客户机端的任何本地Java程序,除非是在浏览器中所建立的标准Java库中那些,其原因是为简单地防止小应用程序可能对客户机造成的任何损害。 Also, when Java using applets in web-based applications, is embedded in the HTML file, the browser usually strictly prevent Java applets to access any local Java programs on the client side, except in the browser as standard Java library established in those, the reason is any damage that may cause the client to simply prevent applets. 因为小应用程序来自无法控制的环境,即它可能来自整个网络上的任何一个服务器。 Because of the small applications from uncontrollable environment, that it may come from any server on the entire network.

正如“Java Now”书中所叙述的(P4.,by Kris Jamsa,Jamsa Press,1996.ISBN 1-884133-30-4),“为了地址安全问题,Java开发者必须确保程序员不能用Java小应用程序开发计算机病毒,且小应用程序不能把有关用户的系统信息(如用户系统的文件返回给服务器,你会讨厌,例如,在浏览你竞争者的web站点的同时,他们的Java小应用程序浏览了你的硬盘,为提供这种安全性,Java开发者选择限制小应用程序可执行的操作。例如,Java小应用程序不能读或写用户系统上的文件。这样小应用程序不能把病毒存到用户的盘上或读出存贮在用户盘上的信息”。该书还叙述“Java使程序员生成独立程序,Java的独立程序类似于程序员用C++产生的程序。这种独立程序能读和写文件以及执行那些Java限制小应用程序执行的操作。另一方面,Java小应用程序仅在浏览器范围内运行……”。这意味着 As the "Java Now" as described in the book (P4., By Kris Jamsa, Jamsa Press, 1996.ISBN 1-884133-30-4), "In order to address security issues, Java developers must ensure that programmers can use Java applets application development computer viruses, and applets can not put the system information about the user (such as the user's file system back to the server, you will hate, for example, browse your competitor's web site at the same time, their Java applets browse your hard drive to provide this security, Java developers choose to limit the applet can do. for example, Java applets can not read or write files on a user's system. such a small application can not keep the virus on a disc or reading out the user information stored on the user's disk. "the book also describes the" Java program enable programmers to generate standalone, Java programmer using a procedure similar to the separate C ++ generated. this procedure can separate read and write files, and perform actions that restrict Java applet execution. on the other hand, Java applets run in a browser only range ....... "this means that ,Java小应用程序被设计为不能操作浏览器进程160之外的功能。 , Java applet is designed to function can not operate outside the browser process 160.

在标准浏览器工作期间,浏览器的安全管理器625监视这些安全规则的违例。 During the work a standard browser, the browser's security manager 625 monitors violations of these security rules. 若发现一小应用程序请求访问在标准Java库中没有的程序,浏览器简单地报告安全违例错误,并停止执行此小应用程序。 If you find a small application requests to access the standard Java library does not, the browser simply report security breaches error, and stops executing this applet.

在一个实施例中,信息站专门控制机制640的部分640A被加到浏览器160且信息站专门控制机制640的其它部分640B被加到应用编程接口(API)680(包括440),以能使应用文件175配置信息站。 In one embodiment, the kiosk control mechanism 640 dedicated portion 640A is supplied to the kiosk browser 160 and other portions 640B dedicated control mechanism 640 is applied to an application programming interface (API) 680 (including 440), to make application configuration file 175 stations. 所以,信息站专用控制机制640被分成二部分:浏览器机制640A和API机制640B。 Therefore, special control mechanisms station information 640 is divided into two parts: the mechanism 640A and browser API mechanism 640B. 在该实施例中,浏览器机制640A和API机制640B通过进程间通信(IPC)640I通信。 In this embodiment, the browser API mechanism mechanisms 640A and 640B 640I communicate via inter-process communication (IPC). IPC 640I接口允许浏览器机制640A和API机制640B采用消息传递代替直接函数调用来通信。 IPC 640I interface allows mechanisms 640A and 640B browser API mechanism instead of using the direct function call messaging to communicate. (IPC是大家熟知的,一个应用例子是Windows操作系统中使用的动态数据交换(DDE);Windows是Microsoft公司的注册商标)。 (IPC is well-known, an application example is the Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) Windows operating system used; Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation).

浏览器机制640A位于浏览器子目录中,因此,在任何应用文件175中的任何API控制函数620可被浏览器160中的解释器610所识别。 Browser mechanism 640A positioned subdirectory browser, therefore, any API in any application file 175 in the control function 620 may be a browser 160 in the identified interpreter 610. API机制640B从浏览器机制640A中接收消息,并根据消息独立控制包括设备API440的各种函数。 API mechanism 640B receives the message from the browser mechanism 640A, the various functions and comprises independently controlling apparatus according API440 message. 这样,来自浏览器的小应用程序能控制一个或多个设备和本地函数,但只是那些具有浏览器机制640A的。 Thus, the applet can be controlled from the browser of the one or more devices and local function, but only those having the browser mechanism 640A.

因此,在信息站中的其它函数对网络上应用文件175的访问仍保持安全。 Therefore, other functions in the kiosk of access to the application file 175 on the network remains secure. 因此,信息站可被配置,而且安全。 Thus, the kiosk may be configured, and safe. 另外,由于API机制640B操作设备API与浏览器无关,任何往API机制640B传递的设备控制函数(用来控制给定设备的API控制函数620的子集)将在设备子集451上被执行,即使应用文件在浏览器160中较多拖延或被改变。 Further, since the operation of the device independent API API mechanism 640B browser, any API mechanism 640B is transmitted to the control function of the apparatus (apparatus for controlling a given subset of the functions of the control API 620) is performed on the collector 451 in the sub-device, even more delays in the application file browser 160 or changed. 这提供持久的方式处理设备操作,即一旦API函数(640,440)被初始化,功能就被完成,不管应用文件175是否被浏览器改变/拖延,这种持久性执行亦使某些与信息站的用户交互更有效,例如一应用文件175能控制卡片分发器去发行新卡。 This provides a long-lasting way to deal with equipment operation, that is, once the API function (640,440) is initialized, the function was completed, regardless of whether the application file 175 change / delay browser, which also makes some persistent execution and information station user interaction more effective, for example, an application file 175 can control the card dispenser to issue new cards. 然后,用户/浏览器在卡片分发器设备正在磁条上写数据和给新卡片压花纹时,移到另一应用文件上。 Then, the user / browser write data in the card distribution device is a magnetic stripe on the card, and when pressed to the new pattern, move on to another application file.

浏览器机制640A是:1)被定位在浏览器自己的标准目录/库之内,及2)具有的结构能使应用文件175通过二个方法请求一个或多个本地API680,这两个方法是:通过使用名字服务器机制的消息传送,传送有关一个或多个本地API函数的消息(如函数名和有关参数)(见图6A和6C及其解释)或者直接请求本地API函数(见图6B和6D及其解释)。 Browser mechanism 640A are: 1) is positioned within its own standard browser directory / repository of, and 2) having the application file structure 175 can request one or more local API680 by two methods, both methods are : by using the name server messaging mechanism, transmits local information about one or more API functions (e.g., function name and related parameters) (see FIGS. 6A and 6C and interpretation) or directly requesting the local API functions (see Fig. 6B and 6D and their interpretation).

在一个优先实施例中,浏览器机制640A包括应用文件500知道的Java API(有时称为“Java Wrapper”),还包括用本地语言(如C++)编制的函数去通信(如使用进程间通信或名字服务器)或直接调用本地API680。 In a preferred embodiment, the browser mechanism 640A includes an application file 500 know Java API (sometimes referred to as "Java Wrapper"), also includes a function prepared in local languages ​​(such as C ++) to communicate between (such as using interprocess communication or name server) or a direct call local API680.

API机制680B:1)直接地访问各种本地函数模块(如浏览器控制模块,协同功能模块,设备控制模块,及系统监视模块等);2)具有的结构能请求一个或多个API函数680集,或者用名字服务器机制,或者直接调用有关的本地函数模块;及3)具有一IPC能基于消息同API640A通信。 API mechanism 680B: 1) directly access the various functions of local modules (e.g., the browser control module, coordinated functional modules, device control module, and a system monitoring module, etc.); 2) having a structure capable of requesting one or more API functions 680 collection, or use the name server mechanism, or directly related to the native function module calls; and 3) having an IPC message can be based on communication with API640A. (值得注意,API函数680专门被设计以控制信息站中任何给定的设备或函数,并且可被或不可被应用文件175访问)。 (Notably, the API function 680 is specifically designed to control a given device, or any function of the kiosk, and may or may not be accessed application files 175).

使用这种信息站控制机制的一个应用例是在应用确定如何配置信息站之前询问系统的配置和状态。 One application of this embodiment to use the kiosk control mechanism is to ask the system configuration and state of the application before determining how to configure the station. 在应用文件175中,小应用程序CallAPI.class可用于请求API函数640“query_status”。 In the application file 175, the applet may be used to request CallAPI.class API function 640 "query_status". 如, Such as,

<pre listing-type="program-listing"><![CDATA[ Public class CallAPI extend小应用程序implement Runnable{ … a=new kioskAppInterface(); (640A) a.send_APImessage(“query_status”); (640A) a.get_APImessage(“status”,sysStatus);(640A) … }并且该小应用程序可嵌HTML文件, <HTML>(175,500) … <body> … <applet name=“API”src=“CallAPI.class”...> </applet> … </body> </HTML>.]]></pre>当此小应用程序通过浏览器执行时,它首先说明称为kioskAppInterface的类,该文件及相关的DLL位于浏览器标准库中。 <Pre listing-type = "program-listing"> <[CDATA [Public class CallAPI extend applet implement Runnable {... a = new kioskAppInterface ();! (640A) a.send_APImessage ( "query_status"); (640A) a.get_APImessage ( "status", sysStatus); (640A) ...} and the applet may be embedded HTML file, <HTML> (175,500) ... <body> ... <applet name = "API" src = "CallAPI.class "...> </ applet> ... </ body> </ HTML>.]]> </ pre> when this applet executed by the browser, it called kioskAppInterface first class, the documents and related the DLL is located in the browser standard library. 然后,用称为send_APImessage()的kioskAppInterface类(640A)的方法去发送API消息“query_status”(640A)。 Then, the called send_APImessage () method of class kioskAppInterface (640A) to send the API message "query_status" (640A). 这方法请求进程间通信函数640I,向API机制640B发送消息。 This method of inter-process communication request function 640I, sends a message to the API mechanism 640B. 然后,API机制640B请求相关的本地API函数680,以得到系统状态数据并通过进程间通信函数640I把数据送回640A。 Then, API requests 640B mechanism associated local API function 680 to obtain the data and the system status through the interprocess communication function 640I the data back to 640A. 小应用程序使用方法get_APImessage()同命令“status”得到从640B送回的数据,并把数据存贮到称为sysstatus类内部的数据结构中。 Use applet get_APImessage () command with the "status" of the data obtained from the back 640B, and stores the data into a data structure called an internal sysstatus class.

在640A和640B之间传送的API消息,可使用名字服务器函数机制(见下面图6A)。 API 640A and 640B between the message transfer, the name server can use the function mechanism (see below FIG. 6A). 通常,640B得到消息时,名字服务函数(在640B中)分析消息并调用相应的本地函数API680。 Typically, when 640B got the news, the name service functions (in the 640B) analyze the message and call the appropriate local functions API680. 在该例中,它调用一系统监控程序函数API,以得到系统状态数据,这些状态数据说明如下:在640B中的名字服务函数中:<pre listing-type="program-listing"><![CDATA[ … if(Func_Name==“query_status”) {data=system_supervisor_get-status();(680,690) send_message(data);(640I)} else if(Func_Name==“read_card”) { … } …这里是从“sysStatus”类数据结构中如上所述得到数据的例子: Num.of Device=5 laser printer=OK card reader=OK card issuer=no card supply receipt printer=OK ticket printer=OK]]></pre>这个消息状态,它们是信息站上的5个设备,并且除需要卡片的卡片发行器外,全部都在工作。 In this embodiment, it calls a system monitor function the API, to obtain system status data, the status data is as follows: the name of the service function 640B in the: <pre listing-type = "program-listing"> <[! CDATA [... if (func_Name == "query_status") {data = system_supervisor_get-status (); (680,690) send_message (data); (640I)} else if (func_Name == "read_card") {...} ... here It is an example of data obtained from "sysStatus" class data structure as described above: Num.of Device = 5 laser printer = OK card reader = OK card issuer = no card supply receipt printer = OK ticket printer = OK]]> </ pre> this message status, which are five devices on the kiosk, and in addition to the card requires the card issuer, but all work.

根据信息站的当前状态数据,应用文件175可选用激光打印机,收据打印机和卡片读入器(设备子集451)而当状态数据中指示卡片发行器的供卡槽中没有卡片时,避免使用卡片发行器(在这种情况下,卡片可由其它装置生产并邮寄给信息站用户)。 The current state of the data station, application files 175 can choose a laser printer, a receipt printer and the card reader (device subset 451) when the status data indicative of the card issuer for the card slot of the card does not avoid the use of the card issuer (in this case, the card may be other means of production and mailed to the user station information).

在某些优选实施例中,类似的技术被使用,以确定在信息站上提供有那些设备,及是否这些设备在合适地工作。 In certain preferred embodiments, similar techniques are used to determine the station information provided on those devices, and whether these devices work properly. 这样,服务器根据那些设备信息站提供和/或那些设备可操作,能提供专门应用文件175去配置该信息站。 Thus, the server apparatus providing information based on those stations and / or those devices is operable to provide application-specific configuration file 175 to the kiosk. 因此,通过合适地选择服务器上相应各种应用配置的应用文件,任意数目不同设计和/或操作状态的信息站能被配置。 Thus, by suitably selecting the corresponding application on the file server applications of various configurations, any number of different design and / or operating state information of the station can be configured. 如在银行业应用中,包含激光打印机控制的应用文件175(文件500)送到配有激光打印机的信息站以便打印高质量银行财务报表,而带有收据打印机控制的应用文件175(文件500)将被送到为相同任务(银行财务报表)且只有(可用和可操作的)收据打印机的那些信息站。 As in banking applications, application files contain laser printer control 175 (File 500) to a laser printer with a kiosk to print high-quality bank financial statements, and with the application file receipt printer control 175 (500 files) They will be sent to the same task (the bank's financial statements) and only (available and operational) station receipt printer that information. 这样,具有不正常工作激光打印机的信息站或无激光打印机较廉价的信息站仍能被适当地配置,为银行业应用。 Thus, with the laser printer does not work without a laser printer kiosk or kiosks cheaper still be suitably configured for banking applications.

在另一实施例中,状态信息能被请求,通过一个或多个服务器依靠在应用文件上发送请求。 In another embodiment, the status information can be requested, through one or more server applications rely on the file transmission request. 该信息可用于确定那些信息站和/或在这些信息站上的那些设备需要服务。 This information can be used to determine which station information and / or information on those devices require service stations. 例如,一服务代表如果需要可被派出,以添加卡片到卡片发行设备上。 For example, a service representative can be sent if needed, to add cards to the card issuing device.

在另一实施例中,状态信息可能是需要的,用于信息站和/或设备的服务历史中。 In another embodiment, the state information may be required, the history information for the service station and / or devices. 此外,能得到其它市场信息,例如,在一具体位置上,那类用户最需要那种配置。 In addition, other marketing information can be obtained, for example, at a particular position, most users need that kind of configuration. 在一优选实施例中,信息站能具有一个浏览器窗口(系统监视应用窗口)运行在任何其它应用背景中。 In a preferred embodiment, the kiosk can have a browser window (window system monitoring application) any other applications running in the background. 该系统监视应用窗口可以包括一个或多个HTML文件,该文件包括对一个或多个服务器通信的一个或多个小应用程序。 The system monitors application window may comprise one or more HTML file, which includes one or more small applications to one or more servers in communication. (Java小应用程序同服务器通信的机制是众所周知的)。 (Java applet-server communication with mechanisms are well known). 该系统监视应用窗口,每当信息站加电,并一直保持信息在工作就可起动。 The system monitors application window, whenever the power station information, the information can start and remains at work. 这样,一个或多个服务器通过同小应用程序的通信,在任何时候都能得到信息站的系统状态信息。 Thus, one or more servers through the communication with the applet, the system at all times to obtain the status information of the station.

通过所述的方法提供的可能性中,其中:1)一“瘦客户机”信息站;由于没有应用专门软件需要预先装到信息站上,信息站能高成本效益地被建立及维护。 The possibility offered by the method, wherein: 1) a "thin client" kiosk; because there is no need to pre-install special software applications on the kiosk, the kiosk can be established and cost-effective maintenance. 因此,一个应用(应用文件500)能写到服务器上供连到服务器网络上的大量“瘦”信息站用。 Therefore, an application (application files 500) can be connected to the server for a large number of writes "thin" server on the network kiosk use. 对网络上的任何“瘦”信息站,无应用专门软件要被设计。 Any "thin" information stations on the network, without special software application to be designed. 事实上,网络能由一个或多个标准(这样更便宜)“瘦”信息站组成,完全不用应用专门软件。 In fact, the network can consist of one or more standard (which is more expensive) "thin" information stations, do not need special software application. (例如,一个信息站生产者能够制做一个或多个信息站,且与任何应用无关)。 (E.g., a kiosk or a producer to a plurality of information making stations, and is independent of any application). 应用文件500能在服务器上被开发、升级和/或维护,且可用于重配置网络上一个或多个信息站,不需改变这些信息站上任何程序。 Application files 500 on the server can be developed, upgraded and / or maintenance, and can be used on re-configure one or more network stations of information, without changing any of the program on the kiosk. 这种“瘦客户机”信息站,使任何时间,任何地点一般公众访问服务为目的的信息站的大规模开发成为可能。 This "thin client" information station, so that any time, any place access to public services for the general purpose of large-scale development of the kiosk possible. 例如,“信息站电话”能在因特网上和/或在电话网络上通信。 For example, "telephone kiosk" energy and / or communication in a telephone network on the Internet. 2)因为信息站的可重新配置性,通过这种信息站能交付大量的各种各样在服务器上开发的应用。 2) Because the reconfigurable information station, this kiosk can deliver large amounts of a wide variety of applications on the server development. 因此,应用供应者能共享在网络上的任何信息站。 Therefore, the application providers to share any information on the network stations. 这些应用能在专门时间和/或为专门的状态在信息站上提供,例如用户要求的或任何给定的环境条件(当天开始下雨时雨伞店作广告)。 These applications can be dedicated time and / or to provide for the special status on the kiosk, for example (an umbrella store advertising when it started raining that day) requested by the user or any given environmental conditions. 3)由于信息站能基于因特网和web的开放标准技术,所以能够利用因特网和WWW的信息丰富、介质丰富和技术丰富的优点。 3) Since the kiosk can be based on open standards and Internet web-technology, it is possible to use the Internet and WWW information rich, the rich and rich media technology advantages.

这里是用户如何可使用该信息站100的非限制性的例子:1.在空闲时间信息站屏幕上动态地显示各种图象,视频剪贴板,声音,图形模式与文本。 Here is a non-limiting example of how the user of the kiosk 100 may be used: a dynamic display various images, video clipboard, sound, graphics and text mode, the time information on the idle screen station. 屏幕的内容全由HTML文件控制,且HTML文件根据信息站的要求或服务器的推送而被更新。 The full contents of the screen is controlled by the HTML file, the HTML file and is updated in accordance with the requirements or the push server kiosk. 服务提供者对不同种类屏幕“实际等级”及用于显示它们的时间可支付不同价格。 Service providers for different types of screen "real level" and is used to display the time they can pay different prices. 在早晚通讯时刻,它可以显示主要的标题新闻和财经市场变化;而在中午时刻,它可以显示许多餐馆促销;在周末可以显示百货商店的销售广告。 In the morning and evening time communication, it can display the main headlines and financial market changes; but at noon time, it can display many restaurants promotions; department stores can be displayed for sale at the weekend. 这内容经常吸引过路人触摸屏幕。 This content often attract passers-by touching the screen.

2.用户看到屏幕,并走过来和触摸它。 2. The user sees the screen, and came and touch it. 它立刻地转到显示图象图标阵列下一屏和指示应用类别的文本。 It is immediately next to the text screen and an array of image icon indicating an application categories to display.

3.用户触摸Pizza订单图标,带出新屏,从新屏幕上,用户能选择Pizza的种类。 3. The user touches the icon Pizza orders, with a new screen, the new screen, the user can select the type of Pizza. 屏幕将提示用户何处和何时提交Pizza。 The screen will prompt the user where and when to submit Pizza. 而用户能通过在屏幕上触摸键盘给出信息。 The user can touch keyboard on the screen information is given. 在HTML中嵌入的控制程序620收集数据。 Embedded in HTML control program 620 to collect data. 然后,屏幕将提示用户插入他(或她)的信用卡核准收费。 Then, the screen will prompt the user to insert his (or her) approved credit card charges. 控制程序将打开信用卡读入器及收集信用卡信息。 Control program will open a credit card reading device and collect credit card information. 控制程序然后能用相关的信息站API函数,以调用在信息站上的通信功能,访问信用卡公司(如通过调制解调器)及Pizza店(如通过发传真)。 Then can control procedures related to the kiosk API function to invoke the communication function on the kiosk, access to credit card companies (eg via modem) and Pizza shop (eg by fax). 在完成这些功能之后,屏幕将同用户确认订单信息,其它一般另售事务能用同样的方法完成。 After the completion of these functions, the screen will confirm the order information with the user, other general matters can be sold the same way complete.

4.用户还能够按电话图标,进行电话呼叫。 4. The user can also press the telephone icon, a telephone call. 电话应用HTML文件被以电话键盘显示在屏幕上。 Phone application HTML file is displayed on the screen telephone keypad. 在用户输入电话号码后,嵌入控制程序将调用相关的API函数640A去开始电话呼叫。 After a user enters a phone number, the embedded control program calls the API function 640A to start a telephone call. 这可以是通过公共服务电话网(PSTN)或通过综合服务数字网(ISDN)的常规电话呼叫或通过依靠信息站的网络连接(122,123,150),应用文件500,及用户选择105A基于因特网的电话呼叫。 This can be through the public service telephone network (PSTN) or through regular phone calls rely on the information station network (122,123,150) or via Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), the application file 500, 105A and the user selects an Internet-based phone call. 当电话被连接时,用户或者能使用手机,或者使用装备在信息站上的由电话线连接的电话(见美国专利申请08/595,897 Hortensius等人,名称是“MultipointSimultaneous Voice and Data Services Using a Media SplitterGateway Architecture”,1996年2月6日申请。对应于欧洲专利申请789470,在此全部引入作为参考)。 When the phone is connected, the user or can use the phone, or use the equipment in the kiosk telephone connection by telephone line (see US Patent Application 08 / 595,897 Hortensius, who, the name is "MultipointSimultaneous Voice and Data Services Using a Media SplitterGateway Architecture ", apply for February 6, 1996. corresponds to European Patent application 789,470, which is hereby incorporated herein by reference).

在另一优选实施例中,如果另一端具有相同装置,用户可以选择视频电话呼叫或甚至是带有应用共享的视频会议呼叫,那时嵌入HTML应用中的控制程序620,将调用相关的API函数640A,开始信息站视频会议功能。 In another preferred embodiment, if the other end has the same device, the user may select a video phone call or even a video conference call with a shared application, when the control program is embedded in HTML application 620 calls the API function 640A, began kiosks video conferencing. 用户可使用触摸屏和装备在信息站上的电子笔以方便会话。 Users can use the touch screen and equipped with an electronic pen on the kiosk to facilitate the session. (引用上面所述的“因特网网页共享”专利申请Fin等人)。 (The above reference to "an Internet web page sharing" Fin et al. Patent application).

5.用户可选择传真功能。 The user may select a facsimile function. 屏幕将提示用户输入传真号,输入信用卡,把要传真发出的文档放入相应的设备(如文档槽)。 The screen will prompt the user to enter a fax number, enter a credit card, fax the document to be sent into the appropriate device (such as a document slot). 并当准备好时触摸屏幕上OK按钮。 When you are ready and the OK button on the touch screen. 当铵钮被触及后嵌入的控制程序620将请求信息站上相关的设备控制API函数640A去操作扫描仪,扫描文档,归还文档,及通过网络如PSTN或因特网用电子方式送出文档。 When the button to be touched embedded control program 620 requests the kiosk associated apparatus control API functions 640A to operate the scanner, scan a document, return the document, and documents such as the PSTN or Internet sent electronically over the network.

6.用户可选择电子邮件功能。 6. The user may select e-mail function. 对电子邮件,屏幕将显示HTML应用。 E-mail, the screen will display HTML applications. 嵌入的控制程序620可请求相关的API函数640A或直接同邮件服务器通信,目录服务器通过浏览器验明用户并取回存在的电子邮件消息或送新消息。 Embedded control program 620 may request the API function 640A or direct communication with the mail server, the directory server to verify that a user through a browser and retrieves e-mail messages or send new messages exist.

7.用户可选择105A在介质载体上,如软盘上传送电子文件。 7. The user may select 105A on the carrier medium, such as a floppy disk transferring electronic documents. 屏幕可能提示用户紧跟某些处理,如把软盘插入槽中。 The screen may prompt the user to keep up with certain treatments, such as the floppy disk into the slot. 嵌入的控制程序620将请求相关的API函数640A去读盘及读或写用户选择的文件,并根据同户的指令,(如发送到某个人的电子邮件地址)发送他们。 Embedded control program 620 requests the API function 640A to read the disk and read or write the file selected by the user, and in accordance with the user's instructions, (e.g., sent to a personal email address) to send them.

8.用户可选择宽范围服务提供者中的一项服务(如服务器上应用拥有者),如律师,医生,会计,不动产代理商,贷款经纪人,投资顾问,保险代理商等。 8. The user can select a service provider in a wide range of services (such as application owners on the server), such as lawyers, doctors, accountants, real estate agents, loan brokers, investment advisers, insurance agents and so on. 屏幕将显示以HTML文件提供所要求服务的相应应用(根据用户的选择,该服务可以任何自然语言如英语,西班牙语,中文,日文,法文,意大利语等呈现)。 The screen will display the HTML file to provide services required by the application (according to the user's choice, the service can be any natural language such as English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian and other presentation).

9.根据服务提供者的应用,一实时协同会话亦能够随视频,音频,共享屏幕和远程设备控制功能(见参照上面的Fin等人的专利)启动。 9. Use according to service providers, also can be a collaborative session with real-time video, audio, a shared screen and the remote control device (see reference above Fin et al. Patent) start. 嵌入的程序调用相关的API函数620,去管理视频,音频和数据通信。 Embedded program calls the API function 620, to manage video, audio and data communication.

10.用户可以选择搜索信息。 10. The user may select a search information. 屏幕提示用户需要什么样的信息,而嵌入的控制程序收集数据并根据信息的类型发送询问。 Screen prompts the user needs what information, and the embedded control program transmits an inquiry and data collection according to the type of information. 询问能通过因特网使用已知的搜索引擎,应用服务器上的数据库以及其它网络服务器上的数据库被送出。 Asked by using known Internet search engine, a database server and a database application on another network server is sent.

11.用户能选择定制的应用服务器。 11. The user can choose to customize the application server. 例如,一旦用户被验明(例如从磁卡或智能卡访问的信息)应用文件提供信息和/或为该用户定制的信息站配置。 For example, once a user is to verify that (e.g. access information from a magnetic card or smart card) application files provide information and / or customized for the user station configuration information.

12.用户能选择信息站100的配置,不是由信息站最初提供的。 12. The user can select the station configuration information 100 is not initially provided by the kiosk. 通过同第一配置的信息站交互,依据其它应用文件175能以第二配置重新配置信息站。 By interacting with the first configuration information station, according to other application files 175 can be reconfigured information station to a second configuration. 例如,第一配置可提供一用户输入(图标或超链接)它访问第二配置的应用文件17.5。 For example, the first configuration provides a user input (icon or hyperlink) that access the file a second application configuration 17.5.

13.用户可以是一个或多个学生或受训人员。 13. The user may be one or more students or trainees. 他们需要访问连到其服务器提供“教学”应用文件175的网络上的一个或多个信息站。 They need access to one or more information on the station even provide a "teaching" application file to its server network 175.

14.用户能从信息站上选择“电子”产品。 14. The user station selecting information from the "electronic" products. 例如,有音乐,视频,计算机软件和/或其它多媒体信息的小型光盘(CD)能从合适的分发设备上被分发。 For example, music, videos, computer software and / or other multimedia information on the compact disc (CD) to be distributed on a suitable distribution equipment from. 另外,空白介质(如带,软盘,可写CD等)通过合适的信息站设备可被写入,以提供能在网络上以不可触模形式传输给用户的任何“电子”信息。 Further, blank media (such as tape, floppy disks, writable CD, etc.) may be information written by a suitable station apparatus, to provide any "electronic" information can be transmitted in the form of a non-contact mode to a user on the network. 例如,最新的歌剧记录可以这种方式用CD提供,不需把在工厂中“灌制”的CD运到商店。 For example, the latest opera recording in this way can be provided with a CD, in the factory without the "irrigation system" CD shipped to stores.

现在给出另一个例子,显示用于从信息站设备输入信息和输出信息给信息站设备的某些信息站控制机制640。 Another example will now be given, displaying a certain control mechanisms station information 640 to the information input device station apparatus information and output information from the station information. 在通常输入状况下,应用文件500可具有一个称为CallAPI.Class的嵌入的小应用程序620,用于调用API函数640“hardkey_input”例如<pre listing-type="program-listing"><![CDATA[ Public class CallAPI extend applet implement Runnable{ … a=new kioskAppInterface();(640A) while(InputData.lastchar!=RETURN) { a.send_APImessage(“hardkey_input”); (640A) a.get_APImessage(“input”,InputData);(640A) (例如在屏幕的合适位置显示按键输入) … while(InputData.lastchar!=RETURN) { a.send_APImessage(“softkey_input”); (640A) a.get_APImessage(“input”,InputData);(640A) (例如在屏幕的合适位置显示按键输入)} … a.send_APImessage(“LaserPrint”,FileName);(640A)} 并且此小应用程序被嵌入到HTML文件中,如<HTML> (500) … <body> … <applet name=“API”src=“CallAPI.class”…> </applet> … </body> </HTML>.]]></pre>当此小应用程序被浏 Under normal conditions the input, the application file 500 may have a small application called embedded CallAPI.Class of 620 for calling the API function 640 "hardkey_input" eg <pre listing-type = "program-listing"> <! [ CDATA [Public class CallAPI extend applet implement Runnable {... a = new kioskAppInterface (); (640A) while (InputData.lastchar = RETURN!) {a.send_APImessage ( "hardkey_input"); (640A) a.get_APImessage ( "input" , InputData); (640A) (e.g. displaying a key input) ... while (InputData.lastchar = RETURN) {a.send_APImessage ( "softkey_input") in place of the screen;! (640A) a.get_APImessage ( "input", InputData ); (640A) (e.g. displaying a suitable position in the key input screen)} ... a.send_APImessage ( "LaserPrint", FileName); (640A)} and this applet is embedded into the HTML file, such as <HTML> ( 500) ... <body> ... <applet name = "API" src = "CallAPI.class" ...> </ applet> ... </ body> </ HTML>.]]> </ pre> when this applet is Liu 器执行时,它首先说明称为kioskAPPInterface的类。 When the device is executed, it is referred kioskAPPInterface described classes. 该文件和相关的DLL位于浏览器标准库内。 The documents and related DLL is located in the browser's standard library. 然后,它使用称为send_APImessage()的kioskAPPInterface类(640A)的方法,以发送API消息“hardkey_input”(640A)。 It then uses referred send_APImessage () method of class kioskAPPInterface (640A), the API to send a message "hardkey_input" (640A). 该方法请求进程间通信函数640I向API机制640B发送消息。 The method of interprocess communication function 640I request message sent to the API mechanism 640B. 然后,API机制640B调用相关的本地API函数680从硬件按键中收集按键输入,用这些输入装备信息站,并通过进程间通信函数640I把它们送回到640A。 Then, call the relevant API mechanism 640B local API function 680 to collect input from key hardware keys, with the input information station equipment, and through interprocess communication function 640I send them back to 640A. 小应用程序用方法get APImessage()及命令“Input”得到从640B送回的数据,并把它们存到称作InputData类的内部的数据结构中。 Applets get APImessage () command and "Input" 640B obtained from the data returned by the method, and store them into the internal data structure called a class InputData.

在640B中的名字服务器函数中,<pre listing-type="program-listing"><![CDATA[ … else if(Func_Name==“hardkey_input”) {data=get_hardkey_input();(680,690) send_message(data);(640I) } else if(Func_Name==“softkey_input”) { data=get_softkey_input();(680,690) send_message(data);(640I) } else if(Func_Name==“LaserPrint”) { Laser_Print(FileName);(680,690) } …]]></pre>注意,如果应用文件500具有请求“软件键”输入的嵌入的小应用程序时,类似的API消息将在640A和640B之间被传递,并且不同的API函数680将被使用以在屏幕上“弹出”软键盘窗口及获得用户的输入。 640B in the name server function, <pre listing-type = "program-listing"> <[CDATA [... else if (Func_Name == "hardkey_input") {data = get_hardkey_input ();! (680,690) send_message (data); (640I)} else if (func_Name == "softkey_input") {data = get_softkey_input (); (680,690) send_message (data); (640I)} else if (func_Name == "LaserPrint") { Laser_Print (FileName); (680,690)} ...]]> </ pre> Note that if the application file 500 with an embedded input request "software key" applet, similar API messages 640A and 640B in the It is transmitted between, and 680 different API functions are used to input on the screen to "pop" soft keyboard window, and the user is obtained. API函数680用这些软键盘输入是大家熟知的。 680 API functions with these soft keyboard is well known.

用同样的方式,如果应用文件500具有请求在输出设备,如激光打印机上进行打印的嵌入小应用程序,上面的编码将指向本地API函数680。 The same way, if the application file 500 with embedded applet request for printing on an output device, such as a laser printer, the above coding function 680 to a local API. Laser_Print(FileName),控制激光打印机打印文件“FileName”。 Laser_Print (FileName), controlling the laser printer to print the file "FileName".

图6A显示了利用IPC 640I和名字服务器函数640B的信息站控制机制640的一实施例。 6A shows the use of the kiosk control mechanism IPC 640I 640B and name server 640 functions to an embodiment. 在此情况下,被应用文件(175,500)使用的是一小的通用通信(主要为了消息传递)API函数640A的固定集。 In this case, the application file (175,500) using a small general-purpose communication (mainly to messaging) fixed set of API functions 640A. 这些通信API函数在640A和640B之间通信或传递消息。 These communications API functions or passing messages between communications 640A and 640B. 消息的执行依靠在640B中名字服务器函数实现。 Execution messages rely on the name server function implemented in the 640B. 此服务器函数640B亦作为IPC640I的服务器。 This server 640B also function as IPC640I server. 名字服务器函数识别各种各样预定义的消息。 News server function to identify a variety of predefined names. 例如,在一实施例中,通信API函数集有2个函数:send_message(message)和get_message(message)。 For example, in one embodiment, the communication API function set has two functions: send_message (message) and get_message (message). 然而,这里有很多“消息”。 However, there are a lot of "news." 在640B中的名字服务器函数具有一表,该表包含每个这些预定义消息,并且每个预定义的消息同可能调用合适的本地API函数680的逻辑集相关以便执行各个预定义的消息。 Name server 640B has a function in a table that contains each of these predefined messages, and each message with the predefined might call native API set suitable logic 680 functions to perform various related predefined message. 在此实施例中,新的设备和用这些新设备实现的新功能,能通过提供新的预定义消息,加入实现新功能所需要的逻辑,这样,应用文件(175,100)只要通过在给定的通信API函数中使用新消息标识符,就能执行这些新功能。 In this embodiment, new equipment and new features achieved with these new devices, by providing a new predefined message, the new logic added to achieve the desired function, so that the application file (175,100) by a long new message identifier given communication using API functions, new features can be performed. 一般只涉及改变在应用文件500中“ASCII”或“文本”消息标识符。 Generally it involves changing the "ASCII" or "text" message identifier in the application file 500. 为了使用新功能不需要编码和编译新的嵌入程序或修改存在的程序。 In order to use the new functions do not need to code and compile a new program or modify the program embedded present. 因此,因为信息站提供者在名字服务器640B中已结合了需要的逻辑,为了执行新功能应用的拥有者(此处是服务器上的应用文件175)几乎没有什么要做。 Therefore, because the information provided by the station name server 640B has a combination of logic required to perform the owner of the new functionality of the application (here is the application file on the server 175) almost nothing to do.

图6B是在浏览器机制640A中,为映射本地API,使用IPC640I的信息站控制机制640的另一实施例的方块图。 6B is a browser mechanism 640A, in order to map the local the API, using the block diagram of another IPC640I kiosk control mechanism 640 of the embodiment. 这是,许多或所有信息站控制功能620直接从应用文件500调用浏览器机制640A中相应的映射本地API而被执行。 It was, many or all of the information station controls 620 local direct mapping API to be executed corresponding call 500 from a browser mechanism 640A application file. 每个映射本地API640A,通过IPC6401与API机制640B通信,API机制依次调用合适的本地API函数680。 Each map a local API640A, 640B through a communication mechanism with IPC6401, API API call mechanism suitable local API function 680 sequentially. 这里,映射本地API640A是Java API程序。 Here, mapping local API640A is Java API program. 有一个Java API程序是专门为一个或多个本地API680编写的相反,对各名字服务器情况,至少一个Java API程序必须具有控制一个或多个本地API680的逻辑。 There is a Java API program is designed for one or more local API680 prepared by contrast, the name server for each case, at least a Java API program must have control of one or more local API680 logic. 这些Java API程序640被预先定义且对应用文件500是已知的。 The Java API 640 is pre-defined programs and the application file 500 are known.

在此实施例中,新设备和/或由这些设备实现的新功能通过浏览器机制640A中用它们相应的API机制640B提供的新映射本地API(640A)而被加入。 Embodiment, new equipment and / or 640B are provided new features for these devices realized by using a browser mechanism 640A their respective local API API new mapping mechanism (640A) in this embodiment is added. 在此实施例中,应用文件500需要用直接调用方式去执行每个这种新功能。 Cases, the application file 500 need to directly call each way to perform this new function in this embodiment. 因此,为实现新功能的部分或全部逻辑必须在应用文件500中定义。 Therefore, it is necessary to implement some or all of the defined logic functions in the new application file 500. 例如,应用的编程者,指示在服务器上的应用文件500,必需去编码这逻辑,如通过写一新的Java小应用程序。 For example, application programmers, and instructs the application file on the server 500, it is necessary to encode this logic, such as by writing a new Java applet.

图6C显示信息站控制机制640的另一实施例。 6C shows a control mechanism 640 of the kiosk to another embodiment. 在该实施例中,无IPC640I,因此,API机制640B合并入浏览器机制640A中。 In this embodiment, no IPC640I, therefore, the API mechanism 640B 640A mechanism incorporated in the browser. 而且,名字服务器功能(亦被合并)仍被使用并同通信API集相结合以变成浏览器机制(640B,640)。 Further, the function name server (also combined) and still use the same communication API to set combined into a browser mechanism (640B, 640). 在该实施例中,持续状态丢失,因为一旦应用文件500(包括有小应用程序)被浏览器“拖延(dropped)”(不再执行),本地函数680就终止。 In this embodiment, the state continued to lose, because once the application file 500 (including applets) is "delay (dropped)" browser (not executed), the local function 680 is terminated. 在持续状态是不需要的地方,本实施例是有用的。 In place of status is not required, the present embodiment is useful. 例如,除了对屏幕用浏览器控制外,不包含信息站设备的情况。 For example, in addition to the screen by the browser control, does not contain the information station equipment.

图6D显示了另一个信息站控制机制640的实施例。 Figure 6D shows another kiosk control mechanism 640 of the embodiment. 在该实施例中,完全没有IPC640I和API机制640B。 In this embodiment, no IPC640I and API mechanism 640B. 这里的小应用程序直接调用API函数(640,640A),它又直接调用本地API函数680。 Here is a small application directly call the API function (640,640A), it also directly call the local API function 680. 这里的API函数640是Java API程序。 640 API function here is that Java API program. 有一个Java API程序是专为一个或多个各个本地API680编写的。 There is a Java API program is designed for one or more of the various local API680 written. 相反,对名字服务器情况,至少一个Java API程序必须具有控制一个或多个本地API680的逻辑,这些Java API程序640被预先定义,且对应用文件500是已知的。 Instead, the name of the server, the at least one Java API program must have one or more local control logic API680, which Java API program 640 is pre-defined, and the application file 500 are known. 在该实施例中持续亦失去了。 In this embodiment, also continued to lose.

图7是由信息站实现的执行处理700的流程图。 7 is a flowchart 700 of a process performed kiosk implemented.

浏览器160首先从应用文件175得到705(一个HTML)文件500,然后,浏览器160解释710标志和应用文件500的内容。 160 first browser to get 705 (a HTML) documents from the application file 500 175, then, to explain the contents of the browser 160 and 710 mark application file 500. 如果浏览器160在715未遇到本地API调用,浏览器处理720相关的已知动作,以执行标志。 If the browser 160 local API call 715 is not met, the browser handles 720 related actions known to perform signs. 如果浏览器遇到本地API调用715,浏览器将调用725相关的API函数(640或640A)。 If the browser encounters a local API calls 715, the browser will call the relevant API function 725 (640 or 640A). 在一优选实施例中,浏览器机制640A通过进程间通信函数640I,同API机制640B交流730消息。 In a preferred embodiment, the browser mechanism 640A 640i via inter-process communication function, the same message 730 exchange API mechanism 640B. 另外,消息服务器如上所述的被使用。 Further, the message server is used as described above. API机制640B接收消息并调用735相关的本地函数680。 API mechanisms 640B receives the message and call 735 680 local functions related. 然后,API机制640B通过进程间函数640I,根据本地函数执行的结果,同浏览器机制640A交流740消息。 Then, API mechanism 640B, according to the results of the implementation of local functions, with the browser mechanism 640A AC 740 messages via inter-process function 640I.

浏览器被控制750,或者通过屏幕输入,嵌入的控制程序逻辑,或通过外部浏览器控制功能660去请求下一个HTML文件。 Browser 750 is controlled, or input through the screen, next to an HTML file request embedded control program logic or control function 660 via the external browser. 因此,浏览器能当作本地信息站设备被处理。 Therefore, the browser can be used as a local station device information is processed. 因此,浏览器能被控制,以使用本地API660,通过访问已知的浏览器接口(API681),从网络上的一个或多个服务器装载任何指定的HTML文件。 Thus, the browser can be controlled to use the local API660, by accessing known Browser Interface (API681), designated HTML file loaded from any one or more servers on a network. 本地API660被设计成(见上面)允许嵌入的控制程序620去访问浏览器接口681。 Local API660 be designed (see above) to allow the embedded control program 620 to access the browser interface 681.

图8是在网络上一个或多个服务器上执行的服务器处理800的流程图。 8 is a flowchart 800 or a server process executing on a plurality of servers on the network of FIG. 服务器在网络上从一个或多个信息站接收请求810该请求识别应用文件175的那一个是信息站正在选择/访问的。 Server on the network information from one or more stations 810 receiving a request to identify the request application file 175 is the information that a station is being selected / accessed. 该请求也有正请求/访问此应用文件的信息站100的位置。 The request also has location information is requesting station 100 / access this application file. 根据接收的请求,服务器向信息站发送820请求应用文件175。 According to the received request, the server 820 transmits a request 175 to the information file the application station. 应用文件175能由服务器上的逻辑预先形成或动态产生。 Application file 175 can be pre-formed by the logic on the server or dynamically generated.

在另外的实施例中,信息站发送请求810给代理服务器195A。 In further embodiments, the kiosk 810 sends a request to the proxy server 195A. 代理服务器195A一般位于比服务器195更靠近信息站地方。 195A proxy server is typically located closer to the kiosk where more than 195 servers. 另外,代理服务器195A能位于信息站100/200中的计算机上。 Further, the proxy server 195A can be located on the kiosk computer 100/200. 例如,服务器195可能位于第一城市,如总部位置,而代理服务器195A位于另一城市。 For example, the first server 195 may be located in the city, such as the headquarters location, and proxy server 195A is located in another city. 在连到信息站的局域网上,代理服务器195A能为信息站根据预计划可能要求的许多或全部应用文件175,在网络150上,给服务器发送请求。 On the LAN connected to the kiosk, the proxy server 195A can pre-plan based on the information station that may be required in many or all of the application files 175, 150 on the network, send a request to the server. 这样信息站当需要应用文件时,能在代理服务器195A上更快,更可靠地访问应用文件175。 Such information station when required application files, faster and more reliable access to the application file 175 on the proxy server 195A. 此外,代理服务器可以在网络上“非高峰(off peak)”时间,从服务器195请求应用文件175。 In addition, the proxy server can be "off-peak (off peak)" time, request an application file 175 from the server 195 on the network.

在另外的实施例中,服务器(195,195A)能被用来“推送(push)”信息到被服务器195识别的一个或多个信息站。 In further embodiments, the server (195,195A) can be used to "push (Push)" is a message to the server 195 information identifying one or more stations. 例如,在步810,请求在服务器195被启动。 For example, at step 810, the server request is initiated 195. 该启动810可能因为不同的原因而引起。 The boot 810 may be caused due to different reasons. 例如,应用更新可以要求一个或多个信息站用新的应用文件175来重配置。 For example, the application update may require one or more stations with the new application information file 175 to reconfigure. 另外,在每天的某些时候,可能有新的配置要求,即在每天下午5点要给出不同来源的新闻、服务器亦可以“推送(push)”周期性地信息站“检查”以确定那一个信息站需要维护。 In addition, at certain times of day, there may be a new configuration requirement that at 5:00 pm every day to give the news from different sources, the server can also "push (push)" information station periodically "checks" to determine that a kiosk require maintenance.

该实施例的一个优选执行程序使用在信息站上工作的“服务器推送函数”685。 The a preferred embodiment of the execution of the program on the information used in the work station "server push function" 685. 服务器推送函数685被连到网络150上,并能从服务器195接收消息。 Server push function 685 is connected to the network 150, and receives the message from the server 195. 服务器推送函数685也有对浏览器接口681的访问。 Server push function 685 also has access to the browser interface 681. 服务器195向服务器推送函数发出请求,使浏览器从服务器195请求专门的应用文件500。 195 push server function request to the server, the browser requests a dedicated application server file 500 from 195.

图9是一方块图,显示了当嵌入的控制程序是用ActiveX技术代替Java的机制。 FIG 9 is a block diagram showing the mechanism when a control program is embedded Java replaced with ActiveX technology. ActiveX控制对象能用各种各样编程语言实现,如C++,VB或Java。 ActiveX control object can be used to achieve a variety of programming languages, such as C ++, VB or Java. 一个ActiveX对象能被嵌入到HTML文件中,例如,<pre listing-type="program-listing"><![CDATA[ <HTML> … <BODY> … <OBJECT ID=“MyObject” CLASSID=“CLSID:8E27C92B-1264-101C-8A2F-040224009C02> <PARAM NAME=“Version”VALUE=“458752”> </OBJECT> … </BODY> </HTML>]]></pre>在这种情况下,浏览器必须是能用ActiveX的,也就是支持ActiveX技术。在一优选实施例中浏览器是Microsoft公司的InternetExplorer。 An ActiveX object can be embedded in an HTML file, for example, <pre listing-type = "program-listing"> <[CDATA [<HTML> ... <BODY> ... <OBJECT ID = "MyObject" CLASSID = "CLSID!: 8E27C92B-1264-101C-8A2F-040224009C02> <PARAM NAME = "Version" VALUE = "458752"> </ OBJECT> ... </ BODY> </ HTML>]]> </ pre> in this case, browsing must be able ActiveX, which is to support ActiveX technology. Example browser in a preferred embodiment is Microsoft's InternetExplorer.

当应用文件500到达浏览器160时,HTML文件根据它的标志和内容被解释910。 When the application file browser to reach 500 160, HTML file based on its contents and signs are interpreted 910. 正如上面讨论的Java中情况,浏览器将如前面一样执行920,非API控制函数。 As in the case of Java discussed above, the browser 920 executed as before, the non-control function API. 由浏览器执行的930API控制函数直接调用API940。 930API executed by the browser control function directly calls API940. 类似于:Java情况,API940A的第一部分通过进程间通信函数940I(如640I)同API940B的第二部分通信,依次API940调用本地API函数680。 Like: Java, the first part API940A with API940B second part of the communication, in turn API940 call the local API function 680 via interprocess communication function 940I (such as 640I).

ActiveX和前面所述Java之间的不同是ActiveX能含有以非网络语言如C++或VB编写的对象。 The difference between the ActiveX and Java is a front ActiveX objects that can be contained in a non-network languages ​​such as C ++ or written in VB. 按这些语言编写的对象以执行码的形式下载到浏览器。 These objects by language downloaded to the browser in the form of executable code. 因此,这样的对象能做以同样语言编写的本地程序能做的任何事情。 Therefore, such an object can do anything with the same native language can do. 但是象Java小应用程序那样,它没有安全性的限制。 But as a Java applet as it does not limit security. 这样,如果嵌入的控制程序620像用非Java语言写的ActiveX控制那样,API函数940能放在信息站中的任何地方。 Thus, if the embedded control program 620 as a non-Java language to write an ActiveX control that, API function 940 can be placed anywhere in the kiosk. 如果Java被用在ActiveX对象中,前面讨论过的机制必须仍然被使用。 If Java is used in an ActiveX object, the mechanism discussed earlier must still be used.

在图9A-9D中,具有前面讨论过的号码的方框具有如上面讨论过的功能。 In FIGS. 9A-9D having previously discussed block number has a function as discussed above.

图9A显示了使用IPC和名字服务器功能的信息站控制机制940的一实施例。 9A shows a kiosk using IPC control mechanism and a name server function 940 of the embodiment. 浏览器机制940A是本地语言API,它不必放置在浏览器目录中,但能放置在信息站存贮器的任何地方,如在信息站系统目录中。 Browser mechanism 940A is the local language API, which does not have to be placed in the browser directory but can be placed anywhere in the kiosk memory, as in a kiosk system directory. 然而,浏览器机制940A的路径(即位置)必须被应用文件500知道。 However, 940A browser mechanisms path (ie position) must be aware of the application file 500.

图9B是使用带有映射本地API的IPC640I的信息站控制机制940的另一实施例的方块图。 9B is a block diagram of another use of the kiosk control mechanism 940 with the local mapping IPC640I embodiment the API. 如图6B,对一个或多个本地API680至少有一个浏览器机制940。 Fig. 6B, a browser mechanism 940 pairs of at least one or more local API680.

图9C显示了不带IPC640I的信息站控制机制940的另一实施例。 FIG 9C shows another kiosk control mechanism 940 without IPC640I embodiment. 这里浏览器机制940A能如图9A讨论的那样被放置。 Here the browser mechanism 940A can be placed as shown 9A discussion.

图9D显示了当控制不是用Java实现时,使用ActiveX控制的信息站控制机制的另一实施例。 9D shows that when the control is not implemented in Java, ActiveX control mechanisms using a control station information according to another embodiment. 在该实施例中,由于这样嵌入的ActiveX控制能直接调用本地API680,完全不需要940。 In this embodiment, since such an ActiveX control embedded in the local API680 you can call directly, completely without 940. 在这种情况下,执行的持续性失去。 In this case, the continuing execution of the loss.

图10显示另外一种采用称为插件技术的信息站控制机制。 Figure 10 shows another kiosk control mechanism called plug-in technology employed. 在这种情况下,优选实施例使用Netscape公司的Navigator V3.0或更高版本的浏览器160。 In this case, the use of Netscape's Navigator V3.0 or later browser preferred embodiment Example 160.

这里的控制机制1040包括在应用文件/文件(175,500)中由信息站控制程序(620)访问的一浏览器机制(插件模块和相关的JavaWrapper)1040A:当被访问时,插件模块1040A当作浏览器160的一部分被执行:执行中的插件模块1040A依次调用进程间通信功能1040I。 Here control mechanism 1040 included in the application files / (175,500) in a browser mechanism (plug-in module and associated JavaWrapper) 1040A station information by a control program (620) accessible: when accessed, when the plug-in modules 1040A as part of the browser 160 is executed: plug-in module 1040A execution in turn call interprocess communication function 1040I. 进程间通信功能(IPC)1040I可以同上面所述的IPCs(640I,940I)相同。 Interprocess communication function (IPC) 1040I may be the same as IPCs (640I, 940I) described above. IPC1040I依次同API机制1040B通信,以调用本地API680。 IPC1040I turn 1040B communication with the API mechanism to call the local API680. API机制1040B能同上面所述的那些(640B,940B)相同。 Those (640B, 940B) of the same API mechanism 1040B can with the above.

在该实施例中,浏览器机制1040A由插件技术实现(参考“Programming Netscape Plug_ins”by Zan Oliphant,Sams.netPublishing,1996,ISBN1-57521-098-3)。 In this embodiment, the browser plug-in technology to achieve a 1040A mechanism (refer to "Programming Netscape Plug_ins" by Zan Oliphant, Sams.netPublishing, 1996, ISBN1-57521-098-3). 插件技术使用本地码模块,即用C或C++或类似的编程语言实现,此外在更为优选的实施例中,用Java wrapper插件1040A被置于由浏览器160指定的专门插件目录中。 Plug-in module technology using a local code, i.e., C or C ++ or similar programming language, also in a more preferred embodiment, a Java wrapper 1040A plug 160 is positioned by the browser plug-in special designated directory. 当HTML解释器610遇到嵌入文件(620),嵌入文件根据嵌入文件中唯一文件名的扩展,亦称多用途互连网电子邮件扩展(MIME)类型识别各个插件1040A,插件1040A被动态地装入浏览器160。 When the interpreter 610 encounters embedded HTML file (620), based on the embedding embedding document file extension unique file names, also known as multi-purpose Internet mail extension (MIME) type identifies each plug 1040A, 1040A plug-in is loaded dynamically browsing 160.

嵌入的信息站控制程序(620)能够是:1)JavaScript函数2)Java小应用程序,和/或3)包含在具有仅一扩展的(MIME)文件中的预定义的控制脚本集。 Embedded information station control program (620) can be: 1) JavaScript function 2) Java applets, and / or 3) the control script contains a predefined set of having only one extension (MIME) files.

当浏览器160装载插件模块1040A时,插件1040A对HTML文档来说变为可用,即在插件中的函数(Plug_in函数)对嵌入程序(620)变得可用。 When the browser plug-in module 160 loaded 1040A, 1040A plug-in become available for HTML documents, i.e. the function (function Plug_in) becomes available in the plug-in program embedded (620). 如,去调用JavaScript函数或Java小应用程序函数。 For example, to call the JavaScript function or Java applet functions. 这样做,信息站本地API680通过一个或多个相应插件1040A,能被任意给定的嵌入程序620来控制。 To do so, the local station via one or more respective API680 plug 1040A, can be embedded in any given control program 620. 换句话说,插件模块1040A将通过相应的API机制1040B调用IPC函数1040I以调用信息站本地API680。 In other words, the plug-in module 1040A 1040B IPC calls API functions 1040I mechanism through respective local calling station information API680.

现在给出3个非限定的例子。 3 will now be given non-limiting examples. 例1使用JavaScript函数作为嵌入的信息站控制程序1030,它带有提供消息传送功能的插件模块1040A Example 1 using JavaScript as a function of the embedded information station control program 1030, which provides messaging capability with a plug-in module 1040A

控制程序1030的应用文件175具有如下形式:<pre listing-type="program-listing"><![CDATA[ <HTML> <HEAD> 等<\HEAD> <BODY> <BODY><APPLET NAME=“MY APPLET”SRC=“MYAPPLET.CLASS”>等<EMBED NAME=“MYEMBED”SRC=“MSGPASS.MET”> <SCRIPT LANGUAGE=JAVASCRIPT> 等MY APPLET.PluginAPI_SendMsg(“CARDREADER_ON”); 等<\SCRIPT> 等<\BODY> <\HTML> Java applet “MY APPLET.Java”应当包括代码如象: import PluginWrapper 等PluginAPI=new PluginWrapper(); 等pubklic PluginAPI_SendMsg(String msg){ 等PluginAPI.SendMsg(msg); 等} Java wrapper文件,PluginWrapper.java应包括如下代码: import netscape.plugin.Plugin; 等public class PluginWrapper implements Plugin{ 等public native void SendMsg(String msg); 等}]]></pre>同上面嵌入控制程序1030相关的插入模块1040A将提供方法SendMsg(),它例如是用本地语言代码像C++实现的。 Control program application file 1030 175 has the following form: <pre listing-type = "program-listing"> <[CDATA [<HTML> <HEAD> like <\ HEAD> <BODY> <BODY> <APPLET NAME = "! MY APPLET "SRC =" MYAPPLET.CLASS "> like <EMBED NAME =" MYEMBED "SRC =" MSGPASS.MET "> <SCRIPT LANGUAGE = JAVASCRIPT> et MY APPLET.PluginAPI_SendMsg (" CARDREADER_ON "); and the like <\ SCRIPT> etc. <\ BODY> <\ HTML> Java applet "MY APPLET.Java" shall include codes such as: import PluginWrapper like PluginAPI = new PluginWrapper (); et pubklic PluginAPI_SendMsg (String msg) {the like PluginAPI.SendMsg (msg); etc.} java wrapper file, PluginWrapper.java should contain the following code: import netscape.plugin.Plugin; et public class PluginWrapper implements Plugin {other public native void SendMsg (String msg); etc.}]]> </ pre> above for the embedded control program inserting module 1030 associated 1040A provides a method SendMsg (), which is, for example, native language code as implemented in C ++.

例2直接使用Java小应用程序作为具有提供消息传递功能的插件模块1040A嵌入的信息站控制程序1030。 Example 2 is directly used as a Java applet provides messaging capabilities with plug-in modules 1040A embedded information station control program 1030.

具有控制程序1030的应用文件如下:<pre listing-type="program-listing"><![CDATA[ <HTML> <HEAD> 等<\HEAD> <BODY> <EMBED NAME=“MYEMBED”SRC=“MSGPASS.MET”> <APPLET NAME=“MYAPPLET”SRC=“MYAPPLET.CLASS”> 等<\BODY> <\HTML> Java applet“MYAPPLET.Java”包含的代码为: import PluginWrapper 等PluginAPI=new PluginWrapper(); PluginAPI.SendMsg(msg); 等} Java wrapper文件,PluginWrapper.Java将包括如下代码: import netscape.plugin.Plugin; 等public class PluginWrapper implements Plugin{ 等public native void SendMsg(String msg); 等}]]></pre>同例1相同,同上面嵌入的控制程序相关的插件模块1040A将提供方法SendMsg(),它例如用本地语言代码像C++实现。 Application file has control program 1030 is as follows: <pre listing-type = "program-listing"> <[CDATA [<HTML> <HEAD> like <\ HEAD> <BODY> <EMBED NAME = "MYEMBED" SRC = "! MSGPASS.MET "> <APPLET NAME =" MYAPPLET "SRC =" MYAPPLET.CLASS "> like <\ BODY> <\ HTML> Java applet" MYAPPLET.Java "code embodied to: import PluginWrapper like PluginAPI = new PluginWrapper () ; PluginAPI.SendMsg (msg);} Java wrapper like document, PluginWrapper.Java would include the following code: import netscape.plugin.Plugin; et public class PluginWrapper implements Plugin {other public native void SendMsg (String msg); etc.}]] identical> </ pre> same as in example 1, above with the embedded control program related to the plug-in module 1040A provides a method of the SendMsg (), which, for example as implemented in native C ++ language code.

例3使用含有预定义控制脚本集的嵌入文件1030和解释和执行脚本,以控制信息站本地API680的相关插件模块1040A。 Example 3 containing a set of predefined control script embedded files 1030 and interprets and executes the script, control information to a local station associated API680 plug-in module 1040A.

具有嵌入文件1030的应用文件175可为如下形式:<pre listing-type="program-listing"><![CDATA[ <HTML> <HEAD> 等<\HEAD> <BODY> <EMBED NAME=“MYEMBED”SRC=“MSGPASS.MET”> 等<\BODY> <\HTML> 而插件模块1040A可以组成如下代码: NPError NP_LOADDS NPP_NEW(MPMIMEType pluginType, NPP pInstance, uint16mode, int16argc, char*argn, char*argv, NPSaveData*saved) { if(pInstance==NULL) return NPERR_INVALID_INSTANCE_ERROR; KioskIPC*pKioskIPC=new KioskIPC(pInstance); pInstance->pdata=pKioskIPC; pKioskIPC->mode=mode; return NPERR_NO_ERROR; } NPERROR NP_LOADDS NPP_Destroy(NPP pInstance, NPSaveData*save) { KioskIPC*pKioskIPC=(KioskIPC*)pInstance->pdata; if(pKioskIPC) { delete pKioskIPC; pInstance->pdata=NULL; } return NPERR_NO_ERROR; } void NP_LOADDS NPP_StreamAsFile(NPP pInstance, MPStream*stream,const char*fname) { KioskIPC*pKioskIPC=(KioskIPC*)pInstance->pdata; if(pKioskIPC) pKio Application files with embedded document 1030 175 may be of the form:! <Pre listing-type = "program-listing"> <[CDATA [<HTML> <HEAD> like <\ HEAD> <BODY> <EMBED NAME = "MYEMBED "SRC =" MSGPASS.MET "> like <\ BODY> <\ HTML> and 1040A plug-in module can be composed of the following code: NPError NP_LOADDS NPP_NEW (MPMIMEType pluginType, NPP pInstance, uint16mode, int16argc, char * argn, char * argv, NPSaveData * saved) {if (pInstance == NULL) return NPERR_INVALID_INSTANCE_ERROR; KioskIPC * pKioskIPC = new KioskIPC (pInstance); pInstance-> pdata = pKioskIPC; pKioskIPC-> mode = mode; return NPERR_NO_ERROR;} NPERROR NP_LOADDS NPP_Destroy (NPP pInstance, NPSaveData * save) {KioskIPC * pKioskIPC = (KioskIPC *) pInstance-> pdata; if (pKioskIPC) {delete pKioskIPC; pInstance-> pdata = NULL;} return NPERR_NO_ERROR;} void NP_LOADDS NPP_StreamAsFile (NPP pInstance, MPStream * stream, const char * fname) {KioskIPC * pKioskIPC = (KioskIPC *) pInstance-> pdata; if (pKioskIPC) pKio skIPC->InterpretFile(fhame); }]]></pre>上面显示的所有三种插件功能,完成由Netscape浏览器160提供的标准插件API。 skIPC-> InterpretFile (fhame);}]]> All three widget display function </ pre> above, completed by a standard plug-in API 160 provided by the Netscape browser. 其它由浏览器160提供的插件API这里没有使用。 Other plug-in API provided by the browser 160 is not used here.

当&lt;embed&gt;标志,由HTML解释器610被解释时,文件1030MSGPASS.MET被下载到本地磁盘,并且相应的插件模块1040A,如果它还没有被装载则装载到浏览器160。 When the & lt; embed & gt; flag, when 610 is interpreted by the HTML interpreter, 1030MSGPASS.MET file is downloaded to the local disk, and the respective plug-in module 1040A, if it is not loaded into the browser 160 is loaded. 浏览器160将自动地调用插件API NPP_New()去创建一插件实例,且用下载文件名调用插件APINPPStreamAsFile(),去执行文件。 The browser will automatically call 160 plug-in API NPP_New () to create a plugin instance and call plug APINPPStreamAsFile with the download file name (), to perform file. 当需要时,浏览器160将调用插件API NPP_Destroy()去使插件实例无效。 When required, the browser 160 calls the plug-in API NPP_Destroy () to the plug-in is invalid instance.

类KioskIPC和函数InterPretFile()能用本地语言像C++实现,以解释和执行在嵌入文件中预定义的脚本。 KioskIPC class and function InterPretFile () can be used in local languages ​​like C ++ implementation, in order to interpret and execute predefined scripts embedded in the files. 在这个意义上,不限制是什么样的脚本,只要函数InterPretFile()被完成,以致于能够分析脚本并以合理的性能执行需要的性能。 In this sense, it does not limit what kind of script, as long as the function InterPretFile () is completed, so that the script can analyze and execute required performance at a reasonable performance. 下面是一个例子。 Below is an example.

在嵌入文件中,脚本象这样:<pre listing-type="program-listing"><![CDATA[ (begiuning of MSGPASS.MET) 等SendMessage:OpenCardReader 等(end of MSGPASS.MET) 函数InterpretFile()包括代码为: (beginning of InterpretFile()) 等switch(Command){ 等case“SendMessage”: SendMsg(Msg); break; 等(end of InterpretFile()).]]></pre>为了实现功能的某种交互控制,在浏览器160窗口中,插件模块1040A也能创建某些按钮。 In the embedded file, the script like this:! <Pre listing-type = "program-listing"> <[CDATA [(begiuning of MSGPASS.MET) like SendMessage: OpenCardReader the like (end of MSGPASS.MET) function InterpretFile () comprises code: (beginning of InterpretFile ()), etc. switch (Command) {other case "SendMessage": SendMsg (Msg); break; et (end of InterpretFile ())]]> </ pre> in order to realize the function of a. kind of interactive control in a browser window 160, the plug-in module 1040A can also create some buttons. 例如,它能创建一按钮“Print”并等待它被触摸或点击,以便调用SendMsg()函数来发送消息“PrintCurrentPage”。 For example, you can create a button "Print" and wait for it to be touch or click to call SendMsg () function to send a message "PrintCurrentPage". &lt;embed&gt;标志亦能包括一预定义的参数集,用于按照插件模块1040A的执行控制插件模块1040A。 & Lt; embed & gt; markers can also include a predefined set of parameters, according to the plug-in module for execution control 1040A 1040A plug-in module. 关于如何使用&lt;embed&gt;标志及如何实现插件模块更进一步的信息,请参考“HTMLPublishing for Netscape”(Stuart Harris and Gayle Kidder ISBN 1-56604-288-7)及上面的Zan Oliphant的参考书。 On how to use the & lt; embed & gt; flag information and a plug-in module further how, refer to "HTMLPublishing for Netscape" (Stuart Harris and Gayle Kidder ISBN 1-56604-288-7) and Zan Oliphant above reference book.

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1.一种服务器,包括用来连接到网络上的装置,用于经过网络重新配置具有一个或多个外部输入/输出设备及相关驱动程序的电子信息站,所说服务器的特征在于还包括:用来提供至少一个配置集的装置,配置集包含定义要在信息站上执行的一个应用的一个或多个文件,以及能在信息站上选择驱动程序的一个子集的至少一个嵌入控制功能;用于从连到网络上的信息站接收配置请求的装置;以及用于响应所说请求在网络上将所说的至少一个配置集发送到信息站,使驱动程序的子集去控制与其相关的外部设备子集,从而配置信息站执行所述配置集定义的要在信息站上执行的应用的装置。 A server, comprising means for connecting to a network, via network reconfiguration for having one or more external input / output device and the electronic information related to the driver's station, said server characterized in that further comprising: means for providing at least a set of configuration, the configuration file set containing one or more of an application to be executed on the definition of the kiosk, and controlling at least one embedded function can be selected on the driver of a subset of the kiosk; means for receiving a configuration request message from the communication station to the network; and means for in response to said request on a network configuration of said at least one station set to the information, so that a subset of the driver associated therewith to control It means a subset of the external device application to perform the configuration information of the configuration station set definition information to be executed on the station.
2.根据权利要求1的服务器,这里的配置请求来自要被配置的信息站。 2. The server according to claim 1, where the configuration request message from the station to be configured.
3.根据权利要求1的服务器,这里的配置请求来自一代理计算机。 Server according to claim 1, where the configuration request from a proxy computer.
4.根据权利要求1的服务器,这里至少一个配置集包含下列中的任一个:远程设备控制、远程消息显示、文件传送,及代理/客户协同。 4. The server according to claim 1, wherein the at least one configuration where a set comprises any of the following: a remote control device, remote message, file transfer, and agent / client collaboration.
5.根据权利要求1的服务器,这里至少一个嵌入控制功能包括一系统监视程序,用来确定信息站的一个或多个本地信息站功能的操作状态。 The server as claimed in claim 1, where at least one embedded system control functions include a monitor, for determining the operating state of one or more local stations function information kiosk.
6.根据权利要求5的服务器,这里的操作状态用于确定下列中的任一个或多个:一个或多个外部设备所需的维护,一个或多个外部设备的维护历史,哪一个应用文件在网络上服务以响应一个或多个请求,及有关一个或多个信息站用户的市场信息。 6. A server according to claim 5, wherein any one or more of the following herein for determining operating states: one or more desired external equipment maintenance, maintenance history of the one or more external devices, an application file which in response to one or more service requests, and information about one or more markets kiosk users on the network.
7.根据权利要求5或6的服务器,这里的操作状态确定服务器将用哪一个配置集在网络上服务于信息站。 7. The server according to claim 5 or 6, where the operating state is determined with which a server on a network configuration set information to the service station.
8.根据权利要求1的服务器,这里至少一个配置集包含具有零个或多个超文本部分的一个或多个HTML文件。 Server according to claim 1, where at least one configuration comprises a set of zero or more of a plurality of hypertext portions or HTML files.
9.根据权利要求1的服务器,这里的应用是在信息站上为用户定制的用户化的应用。 Server according to claim 1, wherein, in the application where information is customized for the user station of the user application.
10.根据权利要求1的服务器,这里的应用通过所说的至少一个配置集配置信息站,提供对因特网的访问。 10. The server according to claim 1, where the application station configuration information through said at least one configuration set, providing access to the Internet.
11.根据权利要求10的服务器,这里对因特网的访问通过一个或多个指定的服务器,在一个或多个用户之间提供通信链接。 11. The server of claim 10, where access to the Internet through one or more designated servers, providing a communication link between one or more users.
12.根据权利要求1的服务器,这里的应用包括下列中的任一个或多个:电话呼叫、电子邮件、电视会议、传真传输、训练会话、网上信息的搜索及基于Web的协同。 12. The server according to claim 1, where the application include any one or more of the following: telephone calls, searching e-mail, video conferencing, fax transmission, training sessions, online information and Web-based collaboration.
13.根据权利要求1的服务器,这里的应用在所说的至少一个配置集配置的信息站上,为用户提供信息。 13. A server according to claim 1, wherein, in the application where information on said at least one station configuration set configured for the user information.
14.根据权利要求1的服务器,这里至少一个嵌入控制功能能使信息站去请求一个或多个配置集。 14. The server according to claim 1, where at least one embedded control function allows the kiosk to request one or more configuration sets.
15.一种对通过网络连到一个或多个电子信息站的服务器进行操作的方法,每个信息站具有一个或多个外部输入/输出设备及相关驱动程序,所说的方法包括下述步骤:提供至少一个配置集,配置集包含定义要在信息站上执行的一个应用的一个或多个文件,以及能在信息站上选择驱动程序的一个子集的至少一个嵌入控制功能;从连接到网络上的信息站接收配置请求;以及响应所说请求在网络上发送所说的至少一个配置集到信息站,使驱动程序的子集去控制与其相关的外部设备子集,从而配置信息站执行所述配置集定义的要在信息站上执行的应用。 15. A method for one or more servers connected to electronic information through the network operating stations, each station having information of one or more external input / output device and associated drivers, said method comprising the steps of : providing at least one configuration set, set the configuration file comprising one or more of an application to be executed on the definition of the kiosk, and at least one embedded control function can be selected on the driver of a subset of the kiosk; from the connection to the station receiving information on a network configuration request; and in response to requests on the network transmission of said at least one of said set of configuration information to the station, so that a subset of the driver associated therewith to control an external device subset station performs the configuration information so that application to be executed on the configuration information of station set definition.
16.一种电子信息站,包括:用于与网络连接的装置;一个或多个外部输入/输出设备及相关驱动程序装置;用于通过网络从服务器访问至少一个配置集的装置,配置集包含定义要在信息站上执行的一个应用的一个或多个文件及包括嵌入控制功能;以及执行嵌入控制功能的装置,以选择驱动程序装置的子集并同子集通信,以控制与此相关的外部设备,从而配置信息站,执行所述配置集定义的要在信息站上执行的相应的应用。 16. An electronic kiosk, comprising: means for connecting to a network; one or more external input / output device and associated drivers; means at least one set of configuration from a server accessed over the network for configuration set comprising one or more files of an application to be executed on the definition of the information, and includes an embedded control station; and means embedded control function performed, in order to select a subset of the driver means and communicating with the subset to control associated with this corresponding application to be executed on the kiosk external device, configuration information such station performs the configuration set definition.
17.根据权利要求16的信息站,这里的访问装置和执行装置由信息站上的浏览器提供。 17. The kiosk as claimed in claim 16, where the access device and executed by a browser means for providing information on the station.
18.根据权利要求17的信息站,这里的一个或多个输入/输出设备包括下列中的任一个或多个:打印机、介质读入器、介质记录器、介质分发器、自动提款机、扫描仪、检验器(deposer)、电子笔、卡片发行器、支票打印机、打印机、票券发行器、CRT、键盘、触摸屏、摄像机、人体传感器、、电话机、照明、话筒、扬声器、CD-ROM播放器、鼠标器及存储器。 18. The kiosk as claimed in claim 17, where the one or more input / output devices include any one or more of the following: printer, reads the medium, a recording medium, a media dispenser, the cash dispenser, scanner, checker (deposer), an electronic pen, card issuer, check printers, printer, ticket issuer, CRT, keyboard, touch screen, camera, body sensors,, telephones, lighting, microphones, speakers, CD-ROM player, a mouse and a memory.
19.根据权利要求17或18的信息站,还包括一显示器,其上浏览器提供的Web页作为应用的一部分。 19. The kiosk as claimed in claim 17 or 18, further comprising a display, on which the Web page provided by the browser as part of the application.
20.根据权利要求19的信息站,这里的Web页包括下列可视特征中的任一个或多个:超链接、为请求一个或多个附加配置集的超链接、图标、菜单、文本输入区、数据输入区、广告、通知、新闻广播、天气预报、及一般信息的说明。 20. The kiosk as claimed in claim 19, where the Web page includes any one of the following visual characteristics or more of: hyperlinks, request one or more additional configuration set hyperlinks, icons, menus, text fields, , data entry area, advertisements, announcements, news broadcasts, weather forecasts, and describes the general information.
21.根据权利要求16的信息站,这里的信息站应用是由一个或多个选择功能选择的可选择应用。 21. The kiosk as claimed in claim 16, where the kiosk is applied by one or more selected selectable function selection application.
22.根据权利要求21的信息站,这里的信息站应用是用与选择功能无关的配置集重配置的缺省应用。 22. The kiosk as claimed in claim 21, where the kiosk application is the default application unrelated to the configuration set by the selection function reconfiguration.
23.根据权利要求21或22的信息站,这里的选择功能在信息站上出现一个或多个时间周期。 23. The kiosk as claimed in claim 21 or 22, where the appearance of one or more select time periods on the kiosk.
24.根据权利要求21的信息站,这里的可选择应用根据用户的喜好,用户化地组织图形用户界面。 24. The kiosk as claimed in claim 21, where alternative application according to user's preference, the user of a graphical user interface organize.
25.根据权利要求21的信息站,这里的可选择应用由也被连到网络上的代理来选择。 25. The kiosk as claimed in claim 21, where the application is selectively connected to the agent selected by the network also.
26.根据权利要求21的信息站,这里的可选择应用包括下列中的任一个:远程设备控制,远程消息显示,文件传送及代理/客户协同。 26. The kiosk as claimed in claim 21, where the alternative application comprises any one of the following: remote control device, remote message display, and a file transfer agent / client collaboration.
27.根据权利要求16的信息站,还包括一个系统监视程序,以确定一个或多个信息站设备的操作状态。 27. The kiosk as claimed in claim 16, further comprising a system monitor to determine one or more operating station status information device.
28.根据权利要求27的信息站,这里的操作状态用于确定下列中的任一个或多个:一个或多个输入/输出设备所需的维护、一个或多个输入/输出设备的维护历史、哪一个应用文件用于配置信息站、及有关用户的市场信息。 28. The kiosk as claimed in claim 27, or any one of the following operating state where a plurality of means for determining: maintaining one or more desired input / output device, one or more maintenance history input / output device , which is used to configure the kiosk application file, and market information about the user.
29.根据权利要求17的信息站,这里的浏览器接收请求,确定那些信息站功能和设备已安装,以便决定如何操作各个设备驱动器。 29. The kiosk as claimed in claim 17, where the browser receives the request, it is determined that the device information and function station has been installed, in order to decide how to operate each device driver.
30.根据权利要求16的信息站,这里的文件是具有零个或多个超文本部分的HTML文件。 30. The kiosk as claimed in claim 16, where the document having zero or more HTML hypertext document portion.
31.根据权利要求21或22的信息站,这里的应用是为用户定制的用户化的应用。 31. The kiosk as claimed in claim 21 or 22, where the application is customized for the user of the user application.
32.根据权利要求21或22的信息站,这里的应用程序提供对因特网的访问。 32. The kiosk as claimed in claim 21 or 22, where the application provides access to the Internet.
33.根据权利要求32的信息站,这里对因特网的访问,提供通过一个或多个指定的服务器,在第一和第二用户之间的通信链接。 33. The kiosk as claimed in claim 32, where access to the Internet, provided by one or more designated servers, the communication link between the first and second users.
34.根据权利要求21或22的信息站,这里的应用包括下列中的任一个或多个:电话呼叫、电子邮件、电视会议、传真传输、训练会话、网上信息搜索,及基于Web的协同。 34. The kiosk 21 or 22, where the applications include any one or more of the following claims: phone calls, e-mail, video conferencing, fax transmission, training sessions, online information search, and Web-based collaboration.
35.根据权利要求18的信息站,这里的设备子集包括打印机并且应用配置打印机以打印下列中的任一个:收据、支票、Web页、定货单、票券、护照及表格。 35. The kiosk as claimed in claim 18, where the apparatus comprises a printer and a subset of the application to configure the printer to print according to any one of the following: receipt, check, the Web page, order forms, tickets, passport and form.
36.根据权利要求18的信息站,这里的设备子集包括下列中的任一个或多个:话筒、扬声器、及经应用所配置成为公用电话的电话机。 36. The kiosk as claimed in claim 18, the subset of devices herein include any one or more of the following: a microphone, a speaker, and by applying the public telephone is configured as a telephone.
37.根据权利要求18的信息站,这里的设备子集包括话筒、扬声器、及由配置集配置成为视频会议终端的视频会议系统。 37. The kiosk as claimed in claim 18, where the subset of devices include a microphone, a speaker, and a configuration set configured video conference terminal videoconferencing system.
38.根据权利要求18的信息站,这里的设备子集包括由应用配置的摄像机,以拍摄下列中的一个或多个照片:用户、信息站周围的风景,以及文挡。 38. The kiosk as claimed in claim 18, where the apparatus includes a subset of the application configuration camera, to capture a photo or more of the following: the user, the surrounding landscape kiosk, and documents.
39.根据权利要求18的信息站,这里的设备子集包括写存储介质的介质写入器,而应用配置此介质写入器写入下列中的任一个:音乐、软件、文本、图形、文本、及多媒体信息。 39. The kiosk as claimed in claim 18, where the device comprises a subset of the write media writer for a storage medium, this medium and the application writer to write the configuration according to any one of the following: music, software, text, graphics, text , and multimedia information.
40.根据权利要求18的信息站,这里的设备子集包括能读记录介质的介质读入器,这里的介质读入器由配置集配置,以输入记录介质上记录的信息。 40. The kiosk as claimed in claim 18, where the subset of devices can read the recording medium includes a medium reading device, where the medium is read by the configuration set configuration, to input information recorded on the recording medium.
41.根据权利要求16的信息站,这里的嵌入控制功能是Java小应用程序。 41. The kiosk as claimed in claim 16, where the control function is embedded Java applet.
42.根据权利要求41的信息站,这里的Java小应用程序通过进程间通信同控制一个或多个本地驱动程序的设备API通信。 42. The kiosk as claimed in claim 41, where the Java applet API via interprocess communications device communicate with one or more local control of the driver.
43.根据权利要求16的信息站,这里的一个或多个嵌入控制功能是ActiveX控制。 43. The kiosk as claimed in claim 16, where the one or more control functions are embedded ActiveX control.
44.根据权利要求16的信息站,这里的一个或多个嵌入控制功能是插件控制。 44. The kiosk as claimed in claim 16, where one or more plug-in control is embedded control functions.
45.一种信息站,包括:一个或多个输入/输出设备;一个或多个驱动每个输入/输出设备的本地程序装置;一浏览器,通过一个或多个网络连接,从网络上取具有一个或多个文件的一个或多个配置集,一个或多个配置集至少具有一个嵌入控制功能,一个或多个配置集是同用户在信息站所选择的的应用相关,嵌入控制功能选择一个或多个本地程序的本地子集,并同本地子集通信,使本地子集中的本地程序驱动一个或多个本地信息站功能的本地子集,以使被配置的信息站执行用户在信息站所选择的应用。 45. A kiosk, comprising: one or more input / output devices; means one or more local programs for each input / output device drivers; a browser, via one or more networks, taken from the network file having one or more sets of one or more configurations, one or more configuration sets having at least an embedded control function, one or more configuration sets associated with the user application information in the selected station, the embedded control function selection local subset of one or more of the local program, and to communicate with the local sub-set of the local subset of native local subset driving one or more local features of the kiosk, the kiosk is arranged to cause execution of the user information application of the selected station.
46.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的本地信息站功能是包括下列中任一个或多个的输入/输出设备:打印机、介质读入器、介质记录器、介质分发器、自动提款机、扫描仪、检验器(deposer)、电子笔、卡片发行器、支票打印机、打印机、票券发行器、CRT、键盘、触摸屏、摄像机、人体传感器、、电话机、照明、话筒、扬声器、CD-ROM播放器、鼠标器及存储器。 46. ​​The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the function is a local station information comprising any one or more input / output devices: a printer, a medium reading device, a recording medium, a media dispenser, the cash dispenser , scanners, checker (deposer), an electronic pen, card issuer, check printers, printer, ticket issuer, CRT, keyboard, touch screen, camera, body sensors,, telephones, lighting, microphone, speaker, CD- ROM player, a mouse and a memory.
47.根据权利要求45的信息站,还包括一显示器,其上浏览器提供的Web页作为应用的一部分。 47. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, further comprising a display, on which the Web page provided by the browser as part of the application.
48.根据权利要求47的信息站,这里的Web页是包括下列中任一种的形式:财务应用、个人信息状况、应用、税收情况、抵押应用、服务请求、教育表格、行政管理表格、购物请求、及存款情况。 48. The kiosk according to claim 47, where the Web page is included in any of the following forms: financial applications, personal status information, applications, tax situation, mortgage applications, service requests, education forms, administrative forms, shopping request, and deposit the situation.
49.根据权利要求47的信息站,这里的Web页包括下列可视特征中的任一个或多个:超链接、为请求一个或多个第二配置集的超链接、图标、菜单、文本输入区、数据输入区、广告、通知、新闻广播、天气预报、及一般信息的说明。 49. The kiosk as claimed in claim 47, where the Web page includes any one of the following visual characteristics or more of: hyperlinks to request one or more sets of second configuration hyperlinks, icons, menus, text input area, the data entry area, advertisements, announcements, news broadcasts, weather forecasts, and describes the general information.
50.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的一个或多个应用是与选择功能无关的由一个或多个配置集配置的缺省应用。 50. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where one or more applications are independent of the default application selection function configured by one or more configuration sets.
51.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的一个或多个应用是通过一个或多个与可选择应用相关的选择功能选择的可选择应用。 51. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where one or more applications are selectable by one or more applications associated with the selectable select the selected application.
52.根据权利要求51的信息站,这里的选择功能包括下列中的任一个或多个:触摸屏、图标、超文本链接、显示器上的软按键、传感器、按键、声音及语音控制。 52. The kiosk as claimed in claim 51, where either one of the following selection function comprises one or more of: a touch screen, icons, hypertext links, the soft keys on the display, a sensor, button, voice and voice control.
53.根据权利要求51的信息站,这里的选择功能在信息站上的一个或多个时间周期出现。 53. The kiosk as claimed in claim 51, where the selection function on a kiosk or more time periods occur.
54.根据权利要求51的信息站,这里的可选择应用根据用户的喜好用户化地组织图形用户界面。 54. The kiosk as claimed in claim 51, where alternative application according to user's preference of the user organize the graphical user interface.
55.根据权利要求51的信息站,这里的可选择应用由也连到网络上的代理选择。 55. The kiosk as claimed in claim 51, where by the application of alternative selection agents is also connected to the network.
56.根据权利要求51的信息站,这里的可选择应用包括下列中的任一个:远程设备控制,远程消息显示,文件传送,及代理/客户协同。 56. The kiosk as claimed in claim 51, where the alternative application comprises any one of the following: remote control device, remote message, file transfer, and agent / client collaboration.
57.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里还包括一个系统监视程序,以确定一个或多个信息站本地功能的操作状态。 57. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the system further comprises a monitor, to determine the operating state of the one or more feature local kiosk.
58.根据权利要求57的信息站,这里的操作状态用于确定下列中的任一个或多个:一个或多个输入/输出设备所需的维护、一个或多个输入/输出设备的维护历史、那一个应用文件用于配置信息站、及有关用户的市场信息。 58. The kiosk as claimed in claim 57, or any one of the following operating state where a plurality of means for determining: maintaining one or more desired input / output device, one or more maintenance history input / output device that an application file for configuration information station, and market information about the user.
59.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的浏览器接收请求,确定那些信息站功能已安装,以便决定如何操作相应的设备驱动。 59. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the browser receives the request, it is determined that the function installed kiosk, in order to decide how to operate the respective device drivers.
60.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的网络可能是下列中的一个或多个:因特网、万维网、内联网、电话网、有线电视网、ISDN网、合作网、政府网、教育网及一个或多个零售商用的网。 60. The kiosk according to claim 45, where the network may be one or more of the following: the Internet, World Wide Web, intranets, telephone networks, cable television, ISDN network, collaboration networks, government networks, education network and a or network with multiple retailers.
61.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的文件是具有零个或多个超文本部分的HTML文件。 61. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the document having zero or more HTML hypertext document portion.
62.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的应用是为用户定制的用户化的应用。 62. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the application is customized for the user of the user application.
63.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的应用程序是访问因特网。 63. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the application is Internet access.
64.根据权利要求63的信息站,这里的信息站对访问因特网的用户收费。 64. The kiosk as claimed in claim 63, where the kiosk users access to the Internet fee.
65.根据权利要求63的信息站,这里对因特网的访问,提供通过一个或多个指定的服务器,在一个或多个第二用户之间的通信链接。 65. The kiosk of claim 63, where access to the Internet, provided by one or more designated servers, the communication link between one or more second users.
66.根据权利要求65的信息站,这里的通信链包括下列中的任一个或多个:语音、视频、电子邮件、数据、共享Web页。 66. The kiosk as claimed in claim 65, where the communication link comprises any one or more of the following: voice, video, email, data, Web pages sharing.
67.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的应用是通信应用。 67. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the application is a communication application.
68.根据权利要求67的信息站,这里的通信应用包括下列中的任一个或多个:电话呼叫、电子邮件、电视会议、传真传输、训练会话、网上信息的搜索及基于Web的协同。 68. The kiosk according to claim 67, where communications applications include any one or more of the following: telephone calls, searching e-mail, video conferencing, fax transmission, training sessions, online information and Web-based collaboration.
69.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的应用是服务应用。 69. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the application is a service application.
70.根据权利要求69的信息站,这里的服务应用包括下列中的任一个或多个:广告、服务收费及服务请求。 70. The kiosk as claimed in claim 69, where the service application includes any one or more of the following: advertisements, service charges, and service requests.
71.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的应用是在可触摸介质上提供信息。 71. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the application is to provide information on a tangible medium.
72.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的应用配置显示器提供包括多媒体信息的Web页,这些信息包括下列中的任一个或多个:清单、菜单、坐位安排、地图、一个或多个软键、表格、广告、产品的图象。 72. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the Web page providing application configuration including a display multimedia information, the information including any one or more of the following: a list, menu, seating arrangements, maps, one or more soft keys , tables, advertising, image products.
73.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的设备子集包括打印机,并且应用配置打印机以打印下列中的任一个:收据、支票、Web页、定货单、票券、护照及表格。 73. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, the subset of devices herein include printers, applications and configure the printer to print according to any one of the following: receipt, check, the Web page, order forms, tickets, passport and form.
74.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的设备子集包括下列中的任一个或多个:话筒、扬声器、及由应用所配置成为公用电话的电话机。 74. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, the subset of devices herein include any one or more of the following: a microphone, a speaker, and by the application configured telephone public telephone.
75.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的设备子集包括话筒、扬声器、及由配置集配置成为视频会议终端的视频会议系统。 75. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the subset of devices include a microphone, a speaker, and a configuration set configured video conference terminal videoconferencing system.
76.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的设备子集包括经应用配置的摄像机,以拍摄下列中的一个或多个照片:用户、信息站周围的风景,以及文档。 76. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the subset of devices includes a camera via application configuration, to capture one or more of the following pictures: users, kiosk surrounding landscape, and documentation.
77.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的设备子集包括写存储介质的介质写入器,并且应用配置介质写入器以写入下列中的任一个:音乐、软件、文本、图形、教材、及多媒体信息。 77. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the device comprises a subset of the write media writer for a storage medium, and the application writer configured to write the medium according to any one of the following: music, software, text, graphics, materials , and multimedia information.
78.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的设备子集包括能读记录介质的介质读入器,这里的介质读入器由配置集配置,以输入记录介质上记录的信息。 78. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the subset of devices can read the recording medium includes a medium reading device, where the medium is read by the configuration set configuration, to input information recorded on the recording medium.
79.根据权利要求78的信息站,这里的记录介质是下列中的任一个:电子卡片上的存储器、计算机的软盘、磁带、CDROM、及存储器设备。 79. The kiosk as claimed in claim 78, where the recording medium is any one of the following: a memory on an electronic card, floppy disk, tape, CDROM, and a memory device.
80.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的控制程序是Java小应用程序。 80. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the control program is a Java applet.
81.根据权利要求80的信息站,这里的一个或多个驱动程序有一个Java程序,通过进程间通信同控制一个或多个本地驱动程序的设备API通信。 81. The kiosk as claimed in claim 80, where one or more drivers have a Java program, the API communication between processes through a communication control device with one or more local drivers.
82.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的一个或多个嵌入控制功能是ActiveX控制。 82. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where the one or more control functions are embedded ActiveX control.
83.根据权利要求45的信息站,这里的一个或多个嵌入控制功能是插件控制。 83. The kiosk as claimed in claim 45, where one or more plug-in control is embedded control functions.
84.一种服务器,包括:一个或多个到网络的连接,通过该连接接收一个或多个请求;具有一个或多个文件及至少具有一个嵌入控制功能的一个或多个配置集,一个或多个配置集是同用户在信息站所选择的应用相关的,嵌入控制功能能选择一个或多个驱动程序的驱动子集,并同驱动子集通信,使驱动程序控制一个或多个本地信息站功能的设备子集,以配置一个或多个信息站执行用户在信息站所选择的应用。 84. A server, comprising: one or more connection to the network, through the connection request receiving one or more; and having one or more files having at least one or more configuration sets an embedded control function, or a a plurality of sets are arranged, the control function can be embedded in one or more selected driver application associated with a subset of the user information of the selected station, and communication with the drive subset of the driver controlling one or more local information station function subset of devices to configure one or more information in the user application information station performs the selected station.
85.根据权利要求84的服务器,这里的请求来自要被配置的一个或多个信息站。 85. The server as claimed in claim 84, where the request information from one or more stations to be configured.
86.根据权利要求84的服务器,这里的请求来自一代理的计算机。 86. The server as claimed in claim 84, where a request from a proxy computer.
87.根据权利要求84的服务器,这里的配置集包含下列中的任一个:远程设备控制、远程消息显示、文件传送及代理/客户协同。 87. The server as claimed in claim 84, where the configuration set comprises any one of the following: a remote control device, the remote message is displayed, and the file transfer agent / client collaboration.
88.根据权利要求84的服务器,这里的一个或多个嵌入控制功能是一个系统监视程序,用来确定一个或多个信息站的一个或多个本地信息站功能的操作状态。 88. The server as claimed in claim 84, where the one or more control functions are embedded in a system monitor, for determining the operating state information of one or more local stations or functions of a plurality of information stations.
89.根据权利要求88的服务器,这里的操作状态用于确定下列中的任一个或多个:一个或多个外部设备所需的维护、一个或多个外部设备的维护历史、那些应用文件在网络上服务以响应一个或多个请求、及有关一个或多个信息站用户的市场信息。 89. The server as claimed in claim 88, for determining the operating state where any one or more of the following: one or more desired external equipment maintenance, maintenance history of the one or more external devices, those application file in response to one or more service requests, and market information about one or more users on the network kiosk.
90.根据权利要求88的服务器,这里的操作状态用于确定服务器将服务于网络上的那一个配置集。 90. The server as claimed in claim 88, where the operating state of the configuration set for determining that a service server on a network.
91.根据权利要求84的服务器,这里的配置集包含具有零个或多个超文本部分的一个或多个HTML文件。 91. The server as claimed in claim 84, where the arrangement comprises a set of zero or one or more of the plurality of hypertext portions HTML files.
92.根据权利要求84的服务器,这里的应用是为用户定制的用户化的应用。 92. The server as claimed in claim 84, where the application is customized for the user of the user application.
93.根据权利要求84的服务器,这里的应用程序是通过由配置集配置的一个或多个信息站访问因特网。 93. The server as claimed in claim 84, where the application is accessed through a configuration set or configured by a plurality of Internet kiosks.
94.根据权利要求93的服务器,这里因特网的访问,提供通过一个或多个指定的服务器,在一个或多个第二用户之间的通信链接。 94. The server as claimed in claim 93, where Internet access, provided by one or more of the specified server, the communication link between one or more second users.
95.根据权利要求84的服务器,这里的应用是通信应用。 95. The server as claimed in claim 84, where the application is a communication application.
96.根据权利要求95的服务器,这里的通信应用包括下列中的任一个或多个:电话呼叫、电子邮件、电视会议、传真传输、训练会话、网上信息的搜索及基于Web的协同。 96. The server as claimed in claim 95, where the communications applications include any one or more of the following: telephone calls, searching e-mail, video conferencing, fax transmission, training sessions, online information and Web-based collaboration.
97.根据权利要求84的服务器,这里的应用是服务应用。 97. The server as claimed in claim 84, where the application is a service application.
98.根据权利要求97的服务器,这里的服务应用包括提供下列中的任一个或多个:广告、服务及服务收费。 98. The server as claimed in claim 97, where the service application includes providing any one or more of the following: advertisements, services and service charges.
99.根据权利要求84的服务器,这里的应用是使用配置集配置的信息站为用户提供信息。 99. The server as claimed in claim 84, where the application station is configured to use the information to set configuration information for the user.
100.根据权利要求84的服务器,这里的一个或多个嵌入控制功能是能使一个或多个信息站去请求一个或多个配置集。 Claim 100. The server of claim 84, where the one or more control functions are embedded to make one or more requests to a kiosk or more configuration sets.
101.一种由网络上的服务器执行的方法,包括下列步骤:从连到网络上的一个或多个信息站接收一个请求;向信息站发送一个或多个配置集,配置集具有一个或多个文件及至少一个嵌入控制功能,一个或多个配置集是用户在信息站所选择的同应用相关的,嵌入控制功能能选择一个或多个驱动程序的驱动子集并同驱动子集通信,使一个或多个本地信息站功能的驱动程序设备子集去配置信息站执行用户在信息站所选择的应用。 101. A method performed by a server on a network, comprising the steps of: requesting a network connected to one or more of the information received from station; sending one or more configuration sets to the kiosk, having a configuration set or files and at least one embedded control function, one or more configuration sets are the same in the user application information related to the selected station, the embedded control functions can be selected or a subset of the plurality of driving the driver and driven with a subset of the communication, one or more local kiosk device driver functionality to a subset of the configuration information in the user application information station performs the selected station.
102.配置连到网络上及具有一个或多个外部输入/输出设备和及相关驱动程序的电子信息站的方法,包括下述步骤:通过网络从服务器访问至少一个配置集,配置集包含定义要在信息站上实现的应用的一个或多个文件,及包括一个嵌入控制功能;及执行嵌入控制功能,以选择驱动程序的子集并同子集通信,以控制与此相关的外部设备从而配置信息站实现与配置集相应的应用。 102. The configuration connected to the network and having one or more external input method of an electronic kiosk / output device and associated drivers and comprising the steps of: at least a configuration set from a server accessed through a network, to define the configuration set comprising one or more files application implemented on kiosk, embedded, and comprising a control function; and embedding is performed control functions to select a subset of the driver and with a subset of the communication, to control the external device associated with this configuration so that station configuration information set to achieve the appropriate application.
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