JP3711693B2 - Communication terminal device, communication control method, and recording medium - Google Patents

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JP3711693B2
JP3711693B2 JP10253497A JP10253497A JP3711693B2 JP 3711693 B2 JP3711693 B2 JP 3711693B2 JP 10253497 A JP10253497 A JP 10253497A JP 10253497 A JP10253497 A JP 10253497A JP 3711693 B2 JP3711693 B2 JP 3711693B2
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[0001]
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to a communication terminal device and a communication control method for performing data communication with a communication host via a computer network, and a recording medium storing a computer program for performing the data communication.
[0002]
[Prior art]
In the Internet world, data communication can be performed by jumping to various home pages by a so-called hyperlink structure. Specifically, data communication is performed according to the following procedure. First, by designating an address called URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of some homepage, a transfer request is made to a WWW (World Wide Web) server with the information. Then, data representing the home page is transferred from the WWW server, and the home page is displayed on a display device such as a CRT based on the data. Link information indicating the location of another home page is embedded on the home page, and when an object in which the link information is embedded is designated by an operation using a pointing device such as a mouse, the link information is displayed. A transmission request is automatically made to the WWW server having the home page shown. Thus, the operator can jump to various home pages and perform data communication by operating the communication terminal device.
[0003]
[Problems to be solved by the invention]
However, in the above conventional technique, it is necessary to indicate an object in which link information on a homepage is embedded with a pointing device, and the operability is not necessarily excellent. The operation of the pointing device is particularly difficult for those who are unfamiliar with computer operation.
[0004]
An object of the communication terminal apparatus of the present invention is to improve operability when moving to various home pages.
[0005]
[Means for solving the problems and their functions and effects]
As means for solving at least a part of the problems described above, the following configuration is adopted.
[0006]
The first invention is
By using a hyperlink-style home page embedded with link information that is the starting point when accessing a communication host on a computer network, data communication is performed by moving between multiple communication hosts on the computer network. A communication terminal device,
An image of a print medium in which an image corresponding to the homepage is printed together with location information indicating the location of the homepage, and a predetermined mark is written at a location corresponding to the location on the homepage where the link information is embedded Image reading means for receiving the image and reading the image of the print medium;
Location information extracting means for extracting the location information from an image read by the image reading means;
A transmission request means for receiving the input of the location information and requesting data transmission to a communication host according to the location information;
Receiving means for receiving homepage data representing the homepage transmitted from a communication host that has received a request from the transmission requesting means;
When the homepage data is received by the receiving means, Generate link position information representing the position on the home page where the link information is embedded from the home page data And store it in memory Link position information generating means for
Mark position information generating means for generating mark position information representing a writing position of the mark on the print medium from an image read by the image reading means;
Said Memory stored Link location information and Said Link information selection means for collating mark position information and selecting link information corresponding to the position where the mark is written on the print medium;
Link information instruction means for requesting the communication host according to the link information to transmit data by sending the selected link information to the transmission request means;
Is provided.
[0007]
According to the first invention having the above-described configuration, the function of the image reading means, the location information extracting means, the transmission requesting means, and the receiving means supports the homepage image printed on the print medium from the location information printed on the print medium. Homepage data to be received is received. Then, link information corresponding to the position of the mark written on the print medium is selected by the functions of the link position information generating means, the mark position information generating means, and the link information selecting means, and the link information indicating means follows the link information. Data transmission is requested to the communication host. For this reason, the home page data according to the link information corresponding to the position of the mark written on the print medium is automatically received.
[0008]
Therefore, by simply writing a mark on a print medium on which the home page and its location information are printed, and causing the image reading means to read the image of the print medium, the data of the desired link destination home page can be received. Can do. As a result, the first invention eliminates the need for an operation using a pointing device as in the prior art, and thus has the advantage of excellent operability.
[0009]
In the first invention, the transmission request unit makes a data transmission request according to the link information instruction unit, and the reception unit receives homepage data sent from the communication host that has received the transmission request. In some cases, the image forming apparatus may include a printing unit that prints an image based on the homepage data.
[0010]
According to this configuration, it is possible to print the data of a desired link destination home page, and thus it is possible to visually capture the image of the home page without using a display device such as a CRT.
[0011]
The second invention is
By using a hyperlink-style home page embedded with link information that is the starting point when accessing a communication host on a computer network, data communication is performed by moving between multiple communication hosts on the computer network. A communication terminal device,
Receiving means for receiving home page data representing the home page transmitted from the communication host;
Said Received Printing means for printing an image based on homepage data on a print medium;
When the homepage data is received by the receiving means, Generate link position information representing the position on the home page where the link information is embedded from the home page data And store it in memory Link position information generating means for
Image reading means for optically reading an image of the print medium in response to provision of a print medium in which a predetermined mark is written on the print medium printed by the printing means;
Mark position information generating means for generating mark position information representing a writing position of the mark on the print medium from an image read by the image reading means;
Said Memory stored Link location information and Said Link information selection means for collating mark position information and selecting link information corresponding to the position where the mark is written on the print medium;
Transmission request means for requesting data transmission to the communication host according to the selected link information;
Is provided.
[0012]
According to the second invention having the above-described configuration, the home page data representing the home page is printed on the print medium by the printing means. At this time, the link position information on the home page is generated from the home page data by the link position information generating means. Is done. The user writes a predetermined mark on the printing medium printed by the printing unit, and then causes the image reading unit to read an image of the printing medium. Then, the mark position information generating means generates mark position information from the image read by the image reading means, the mark position information is collated with the link position information, and the position of the written mark is checked by the link information selecting means. The link information corresponding to is selected. Then, the link information instruction means requests data transmission to the communication host according to the link information. For this reason, the home page data according to the link information corresponding to the position of the mark written on the print medium is automatically received.
[0013]
Therefore, it is possible to receive the data of the desired link destination home page indicated by the mark only by writing the mark on the printing medium printed by the printing means and causing the image reading means to read the image of the printing medium. it can. As a result, similarly to the first invention, the second invention has an effect of being excellent in operability when moving a homepage.
[0014]
Further, in the configuration in which the printing means is added to the first invention, or in the second invention, a timer that detects a preset time, and when the time is detected by the timer, the link information selection means It is also possible to adopt a configuration comprising means for sending the selected link information to the transmission request means anew so as to cause the communication host according to the link information to request data transmission from the transmission request means.
[0015]
According to this configuration, it is possible to print a desired link destination home page at the time set in the timer. Therefore, a print medium on which a desired home page is printed can be obtained at a desired time, for example, at the same time every day.
[0016]
The third invention is
By using a hyperlink-style home page embedded with link information that is the starting point when accessing a communication host on a computer network, data communication is performed by moving between multiple communication hosts on the computer network. A communication control method to obtain,
An image of a print medium in which an image corresponding to the homepage is printed together with location information indicating the location of the homepage, and a predetermined mark is written at a location corresponding to the location on the homepage where the link information is embedded Receiving the provision and reading an image of the print medium;
Extracting the location information from the read image;
Requesting data transmission to a communication host according to the location information;
Receiving homepage data representing the homepage transmitted from the communication host that has received the request;
When the homepage data is received by the step of receiving the homepage data, Generate link position information representing the position on the home page where the link information is embedded from the home page data And store it in memory And a process of
Generating mark position information representing a writing position of the mark on the print medium from the read image;
Said Memory stored Link location information and Said Collating mark position information and selecting link information corresponding to the position where the mark was written on the print medium;
Causing a communication host according to the selected link information to request data transmission;
Is provided.
[0017]
The third invention having the above-described configuration has the same operation and effect as the first invention, and is excellent in operability when moving a home page.
[0018]
The fourth invention is:
By using a hyperlink-style home page embedded with link information that is the starting point when accessing a communication host on a computer network, data communication is performed by moving between multiple communication hosts on the computer network. A communication control method to obtain,
Receiving homepage data representing the homepage transmitted from the communication host;
Said Received Printing an image based on homepage data on a print medium;
When the homepage data is received by the step of receiving the homepage data, Generate link position information representing the position on the home page where the link information is embedded from the home page data And store it in memory And a process of
Receiving a print medium in which a predetermined mark is written on the printed print medium, and reading an image of the print medium;
A mark step for generating mark position information indicating a writing position of the mark on the print medium from the read image;
Said Memory stored Link location information and Said Collating mark position information and selecting link information corresponding to the position where the mark was written on the print medium;
Requesting data transmission to a communication host according to the selected link information;
Is provided.
[0019]
The fourth invention having the above-described configuration has the same operation and effect as the second invention, and is excellent in operability when moving a home page.
[0020]
The fifth invention is:
Data communication is performed by moving between a plurality of communication hosts on a computer network by using a hyperlink type home page in which link information as a starting point for accessing a communication host on the computer network is embedded. A recording medium storing a computer program for
An image of a print medium in which an image corresponding to the homepage is printed together with location information indicating the location of the homepage, and a predetermined mark is written at a location corresponding to the location on the homepage where the link information is embedded A function to read the image of the print medium upon receiving the provision;
A function of extracting the location information from the read image;
A function for requesting data transmission to a communication host according to the location information;
A function of receiving home page data representing the home page transmitted from the communication host that has received the request;
When the homepage data is received by the function of receiving the homepage data, Generate link position information representing the position on the home page where the link information is embedded from the home page data And store it in memory Function to
A function of generating mark position information representing a writing position of the mark on the print medium from the read image;
Said Memory stored Link location information and Said A function of collating mark position information and selecting link information corresponding to a position where the mark is written on the print medium;
A function for requesting data transmission to a communication host according to the selected link information;
Is a recording medium storing a computer program for causing a computer to execute the program.
[0021]
The fifth invention with the above configuration also has the same operation and effect as the first invention, and is excellent in operability when moving a home page.
[0022]
The sixth invention is:
Data communication is performed by moving between a plurality of communication hosts on a computer network by using a hyperlink type home page in which link information as a starting point for accessing a communication host on the computer network is embedded. A recording medium storing a computer program for
A function of receiving homepage data representing the homepage transmitted from the communication host;
Said Received A function for printing an image based on homepage data on a print medium;
When the homepage data is received by the function of receiving the homepage data, Generate link position information representing the position on the home page where the link information is embedded from the home page data And store it in memory Function to
A function of reading an image of the print medium in response to the provision of the print medium in which a predetermined mark is written on the printed print medium;
A mark function for generating mark position information indicating a writing position of the mark on the print medium from the read image;
Said Memory stored Link location information and Said A function of collating mark position information and selecting link information corresponding to a position where the mark is written on the print medium;
A function for requesting data transmission to a communication host according to the selected link information;
A recording medium storing a computer program for causing a computer to execute.
[0023]
The sixth invention having the above configuration also has the same operations and effects as the second invention, and is excellent in operability when moving a home page.
[0024]
Other aspects of the invention
The present invention includes other aspects as follows. This aspect is a communication data providing apparatus that, when executed by a computer, provides a computer program that implements each step of the above invention to a communication terminal apparatus via a computer network.
[0025]
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
Next, embodiments of the present invention will be described based on examples. FIG. 1 is an explanatory view showing the appearance of a communication terminal device 10 to which the first embodiment of the present invention is applied. As shown in the figure, the communication terminal device 10 has a printer unit 18 to which a paper feed stacker 12 and a paper discharge tray 14 are attached, and a paper feed stacker 20 and a paper discharge tray 21 to which it is attached. The scanner unit 22 is provided. The communication terminal device 10 has a built-in modem (FIG. 2), and is connected to the Internet 26 using a public network 24, that is, a telephone network or an INS network (an ISDN service name by NTT). Moreover, the communication terminal device 10 can connect the touch panel 27 which serves as a display means and an input means as needed.
[0026]
FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing an electrical configuration of the communication terminal apparatus 10. As shown in the figure, the communication terminal apparatus 10 includes an electronic control unit 28 therein. The electronic control unit 28 includes a ROM 32, a RAM 33, a printer interface 34, a scanner interface 35, an HDC 36, a panel interface 37, an I / O port 38, and a timer 39 that are mutually connected by a bus 31 with a CPU 30 as a center.
[0027]
The ROM 32 is a read-only memory that stores various built-in programs and the like. The RAM 33 is a readable / writable memory that stores various data and the like, and stores a software program that implements the present invention. That is, various constituent requirements of the present invention are realized by the CPU 30 executing the software program stored in the RAM 33. The software program (application program) is stored in a portable recording medium (portable recording medium) such as a floppy disk or a CD-ROM, and transferred from the portable recording medium to the RAM 33 or the hard disk device 41.
[0028]
The printer interface 34 is an interface that controls output of data to the printer unit 42 built in the printer unit 18. The scanner interface 35 is an interface that controls input of data from the scanner unit 44 built in the scanner unit 22. The HDC 36 is a hard disk controller that controls a hard disk drive (HDD) 41. The panel interface 37 is an interface that controls input from the touch panel 16 connected to the dedicated terminal 45 of the communication terminal device 10.
[0029]
The I / O port 38 has a serial output port to which a modem 44 is connected. The modem 44 is connected to the public network 24 following the Internet 26. The timer 39 counts various times. The above-described software program is obtained by downloading program data provided via a communication host connected to the Internet 26 and the public network 24 and transferring the program data to the RAM 33 or the hard disk device 41. You can also.
[0030]
Next, functions realized by the communication terminal apparatus 10 having the above hardware configuration will be described. FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating functions realized by the communication terminal device 10. In the figure, a part surrounded by a one-dot chain line is a program processing unit 48 realized by the CPU 30 of the electronic control unit 28 executing an application program. The program processing unit 48 mainly includes a transmission / reception processing unit 50 that implements the transmission request unit and the reception unit of the present invention.
[0031]
The transmission / reception processing unit 50 includes a protocol control unit aggregate 51, an HTTP object data calling unit 52, and an HTML data expansion unit 53. The protocol control unit aggregate 51 is a well-known one including a PPP protocol control unit 51a, a TCP protocol control unit 51b, an HTTP protocol control unit 51c, and the like. Enables reception of files described in Markup Language).
[0032]
The HTTP object data calling unit 52 receives input of character string data indicating a URL and calls HTTP (Hypertext Transport Protocol) object data according to the URL. The HTML data expansion unit 53 expands data of a document file described in HTML, and generates image data as a set of bits. Note that the tag information included in the HTML at the time of this data expansion is stored in the RAM 33 as a separate file.
[0033]
The transmission / reception processing unit 50 having such a configuration operates as follows. When character string data indicating a URL is input to the HTTP object data calling unit 52, the HTTP object data calling unit 52 calls the HTTP object data according to the URL toward the protocol control unit aggregate 51. The protocol control unit aggregate 51 drops the HTTP object data call to PPP (Point to Point Protocol), which is a lower layer protocol, and sends it to the modem 44. Thereby, as shown in FIG. 4, the communication terminal apparatus 10 requests data transmission to the WWW server 60 indicated by the designated URL (route indicated by R1 in the figure).
[0034]
Thereafter, a document file described in HTML (HyperText Markup Language) representing a home page is transmitted from the WWW server 60 that has received the transmission request (route indicated by R2 in FIG. 4). Returning to FIG. 3, the HTML document file is taken into the communication terminal device 10 from the modem 44 and sent to the HTML data development unit 53 via the protocol control unit aggregate 51.
[0035]
The HTML data development unit 53 is a document file described in the HTML. Or Image data in a bitmap format representing the home page is generated. The bitmap format image data is sent to the printer unit 42 and printed on paper by the printer unit 42.
[0036]
FIG. 5 is an explanatory diagram showing the printed paper. As shown in the drawing, an image of the home page is printed on the paper P printed by the printer unit 42. The homepage image includes an object (character string or image) OB. In an HTML file representing an actual homepage, a URL indicating the location of the next information is embedded in an arbitrary object OB. A character string OB1 representing the URL of the home page itself is printed at the upper left position of the paper P. The printing of the character string OB1 is realized by sending the character string data representing the URL to the printer unit 42 together with the image data in the bit map format generated by the HTML data development unit 53 by a configuration not shown in 3. The
[0037]
As shown in FIG. 3, the program processing unit 48 includes a specific position print character detection unit 55, a mark position information generation unit 56, a URL selection unit 57, and a link position information generation unit 58 in addition to the transmission / reception processing unit 50 described above. Prepare.
[0038]
The specific position printed character detection unit 55 receives an output signal of the scanner unit 44 and detects a character at a specific position in the image read by the scanner unit 44.
[0039]
Here, what kind of document is read using the scanner unit 44 will be described. This document is obtained by writing a predetermined mark on the paper (FIG. 5) printed by the printer unit 42 described above. An example is shown in FIG. As shown in FIG. 6, a homepage is printed on the manuscript, and a handwritten mark by the user is placed at an arbitrary position in an object OB (the URL is embedded in the HTML file) in the homepage. MK is written. The mark MK may have a “V” shape as illustrated, or may have a circular shape or other shape as illustrated in FIG. 7. It is possible to cope with various shapes suitable as check marks. As shown in FIGS. 6 and 7, the number of marks MK need not be limited to one, but may be written at a plurality of locations.
[0040]
The mark MK written by the user means the following. The user looks at the home page printed on the paper P, and when there is a home page to be further linked in the home page, the user writes the mark MK on the object OB in which the URL indicating the location of the home page is embedded. From this, the mark MK means that the home page of the link destination is designated.
[0041]
The document to be read by the scanner unit 44 does not necessarily have to be created from what is printed using the printer unit 44. The original of the paper is printed based on the paper on which the image of the home page is printed together with the character string indicating the URL. As long as a predetermined mark is written at a desired position, it may be printed by another printing apparatus. For example, it is possible to provide a service that enables a user to jump to various home pages by binding paper as a manuscript into a magazine or the like.
[0042]
The specific position printed character detection unit 55 detects a specific position in the image read by the scanner unit 44, here, a character string OB1 indicating the URL of the home page at the upper left. As shown in FIG. 3, the character detected by the specific position print character detection unit 55 is sent to the HTTP object data calling unit 52 as URL character string data.
[0043]
The mark position information generation unit 56 receives the output signal of the scanner unit 44 in the same manner as the specific position printed character detection unit 55, and writes the mark MK having the predetermined shape on the home page from the image read by the scanner unit 44. The position is obtained and stored in the RAM 33 as mark position information. As shown in FIG. 8, the mark position information includes position data indicating the position of the rectangular range ER and size data indicating the size when the mark MK is surrounded by the rectangular range ER. That is, the upper left corner of the home page is the origin O, the coordinate value (x1, y1) of a predetermined point P1 (for example, the upper left corner) of the rectangular range ER is the position data, and the two diagonal points P1, P2 of the rectangular range ER The coordinate value (x1, y1), (x2, y2) is used as size data, and the mark position information is constituted by both data.
[0044]
The link position information generation unit 58 obtains link information on the home page indicated by the image data, that is, the position where the URL is embedded, from the bitmap format image data generated by the HTML data development unit 53 and the tag information. It is stored in the RAM 33 as link position information. The link position information is also composed of position data indicating coordinate values when the upper left corner of the home page is the origin, and size data indicating the coordinate values of two diagonal lines, similarly to the mark position information. The link position information and the mark position obtained by the mark position information generation unit 56 are sent to the URL selection unit 57.
[0045]
The URL selection unit 57 collates the link position information with the mark position information, selects link position information that overlaps the mark position information, and embeds the mark position from the URL corresponding to the selected link position information. The specified URL is specified, and this URL is sent to the HTTP object data calling unit 52.
[0046]
The program processing unit 48 configured as described above operates as follows. When the specific position print character detection unit 55 detects the URL of the home page printed on the document, the URL character string data is sent to the HTTP object data call unit 52 of the transmission / reception processing unit 50. The transmission / reception processing unit 50 issues a data transmission request to the WWW server 60 indicated by the URL specified by the URL character string data, and home page data described in HTML from the WWW server 60 that has received the transmission request. Is received, and bitmap format image data representing the home page is generated.
[0047]
Using this bitmap format image data, the link position information generating unit 58, the mark position information generating unit 56, and the URL selecting unit 57 described above, the URL corresponding to the position of the mark handwritten on the document is obtained. Selected. The character string data of the selected URL is sent to the HTTP object data calling unit 52 of the transmission / reception processing unit 50. The transmission / reception processing unit 50 issues a data transmission request to the WWW server 60 indicated by the URL specified by the URL character string data, and home page data described in HTML from the WWW server 60 that has received the transmission request. Is sent to the printer unit 42.
[0048]
Accordingly, the linked home page marked on the document read by the scanner unit 44 is printed by the printer unit 42.
[0049]
Next, a homepage printing process executed by the CPU 30 by using the function of the program processing unit 48 will be described.
[0050]
FIG. 9 is a flowchart showing a main routine of the homepage printing process executed by the CPU 30. This homepage printing process is executed when a homepage printing switch (not shown) is pressed. As shown in FIG. 9, when the process is started, the CPU 30 first determines whether or not this process is the first after the power is turned on (step S100). Here, if it is determined that it is the first after power-on, the first-time processing routine is executed (step S200), and if it is determined that it is not the first, the processing routine is executed for the second and subsequent times (step S300). Thereafter, the home page printing process is terminated.
[0051]
FIG. 10 is a flowchart showing a first-time processing routine in which a subroutine call is made from the main routine. The processing moves from step S200 (FIG. 9) of the main routine to the subroutine of FIG. 10, and the CPU 30 first controls the scanner unit 44 to read the image of the original set on the paper feed stacker 20 of the scanner unit 22. Processing is performed (step S210). At the first time, a start sheet prepared in advance is used as a document. The start form designates the URL of the home page to be called first. In this embodiment, only the character string representing the URL is entered at the same upper left position as the form shown in FIG.
[0052]
Next, the CPU 30 detects the URL character string by the function of the specific position print character detection unit 55 (step S220). Subsequently, the CPU 30 designates a URL indicated by the detected URL character string, thereby making a data transmission request to the WWW server 60 according to the URL (step S230). Thereafter, a document file described in HTML sent from the WWW server 60 that has received the transmission request is received (step S240), and the document file described in HTML is expanded (step S250). Steps S230 to S250 are executed by the function of the transmission / reception processing unit 50.
[0053]
Thereafter, the CPU 30 sends the bitmap format image data generated by the data expansion in step S250 to the printer unit 42, and performs a process of printing a homepage image based on the image data (step S260). Thereafter, the CPU 30 proceeds to “return” and exits from the “initial time processing routine”.
[0054]
With the first-time processing routine having such a configuration, after the power is turned on, the start form on which the URL of the home page to be called first is entered is simply read into the scanner unit 22, and the home page image indicated by the URL is printed on the form. Can do. In the initial processing routine, the URL is specified by causing the scanner unit 22 to read the start form on which only the URL is entered. Instead, the usage form in which the touch panel 27 is connected is used. Then, the URL character string may be input from the touch panel 27. It is also possible to prepare a start form in which a plurality of URLs are pre-filled and print a home page for the URL selected by the user by the mark.
[0055]
FIG. 11 is a flowchart showing the second and subsequent processing routines in which a subroutine call is made from the main routine. The process moves from step S300 (FIG. 9) of the main routine to the subroutine of FIG. 11. First, the CPU 30 controls the scanner unit 44 to display an image of a document set on the paper feed stacker 20 of the scanner unit 22. A reading process is performed (step S310). From the second time onward, the original is a paper printed by the printer unit 42 by the above-mentioned initial processing routine, and further, a handwritten mark is made on the object part of the link destination to be jumped (FIG. 6). , Shown in FIG. 7).
[0056]
Next, the CPU 30 generates mark position information representing the mark position by the function of the mark position information generation unit 56 (step S320), and is described on the upper left of the sheet by the function of the specific position print character detection unit 55. The URL character string is detected (step S330).
[0057]
Subsequently, by specifying the URL indicated by the detected URL character string, CPU 30 requests data transmission to WWW server 60 in accordance with the URL (step S340). Thereafter, a document file described in HTML sent from the WWW server 60 that has received the transmission request is received (step S350), and the document file described in HTML is expanded (step S360). Steps S340 to S360 are executed by the function of the transmission / reception processing unit 50. As a result, an HTML file representing the home page printed on the paper read by the scanner unit 22 can be read.
[0058]
Thereafter, the CPU 30 generates link position information by the function of the link position information generation unit 58 using the bitmap format image data and tag information generated by the data expansion in step S360 (step S370). Thereafter, the URL is selected from the link position information obtained in step S370 and the mark position information obtained in step S320 by the function of the URL selection unit 57 (step S380).
[0059]
Subsequently, by designating the selected URL, CPU 30 requests data transmission to WWW server 60 in accordance with the URL (step S390). Thereafter, a document file described in HTML sent from the WWW server 60 that has received the transmission request is received (step S400), and the document file described in HTML is expanded (step S410). Steps S390 to S410 are executed by the function of the transmission / reception processing unit 50.
[0060]
Thereafter, the CPU 30 sends the image data in the bitmap format generated by the data expansion in step S410 to the printer unit 42, and performs a process of printing a homepage image based on the image data (step S420). Thereafter, the CPU 30 proceeds to “return” and exits from the “second and subsequent processing routines”.
[0061]
In the second and subsequent processing routines of such a configuration, the home page image is printed, and the paper on which the link destination to be jumped is marked by handwriting is simply read into the scanner unit 22, and on the home page corresponding to the marked position. An image of the home page indicated by the URL embedded in the position can be received and printed from the printer unit 42.
[0062]
For this reason, in this embodiment, since an operation using a conventional pointing device is not required, there is an effect that the operability is excellent. In addition, according to this embodiment, since the data of a desired link destination home page can be printed, the image of the home page can be captured visually without using a display device such as a CRT. For this reason, the volume and installation area of the device can be reduced by the amount of the display device.
[0063]
Next, a second embodiment of the present invention will be described. The communication terminal device of the second embodiment is different from the communication terminal device 10 of the first embodiment in the configuration of the program processing unit realized by the execution of the CPU 30, and the other configurations are the same.
[0064]
FIG. 12 is a block diagram showing functions realized by the communication terminal apparatus according to the second embodiment. In the figure, the same reference numerals are assigned to the same components as those in the first embodiment. As shown in the figure, the program processing unit 548 is different from the program processing unit 48 of the first embodiment in the configuration of the link position information generation unit 558, and further, the output signal of the specific position print character detection unit 55 The destination is different.
[0065]
The link position information generation unit 558 includes a position information storage unit 558a and a position information selection unit 558b. Each time the transmission / reception processing unit 50 receives a homepage document file, the position information storage unit 558a extracts and stores the link information embedded in the homepage in order. Specifically, link information embedded in the home page indicated by the image data, that is, the embedded position of the URL is obtained from the bitmap format image data generated by the HTML data development unit 53 and the tag information, and the position information is obtained. The URL is stored in the RAM 33 in order for each home page in combination with the URL character string of the home page itself. FIG. 13 is an explanatory diagram showing the link position information thus accumulated. As shown in the figure, one or a plurality of URL position information data d2 is stored for each URL character string d1 of the home page itself.
[0066]
The position information selection unit 558b uses the URL character string data detected by the specific position print character detection unit 55 as a search key, and relates to the home page URLd1 that matches the URL character string data from the data record stored in the position information storage unit 558a. By extracting the data record, the URL position information d2 embedded in the home page corresponding to the URL character string data is selected. The location information d2 of the URL selected by the location information selection unit 558b is sent to the URL selection unit 57.
[0067]
By using the function of the program processing unit 548, the CPU 30 executes the same main routine of the homepage printing process as that of the first embodiment, and subroutine calls are made from the main routine as “first time processing routine” and “second time processing”. Thereafter, the processing routine is different from that of the first embodiment.
FIG. 14 is a flowchart showing the initial processing routine. The first time processing routine in this embodiment is different from that in the first embodiment in that a process of storing link position information (step S610) is added between step S250 and step S260. The steps are the same as those in the first embodiment, and the same step numbers are given in the figure. Note that the process of step S610 is executed by the function of the position information storage unit 558a of the link position information generation unit 558.
[0068]
According to the first-time processing routine having such a configuration, after the power is turned on, the homepage image determined from the URL specified on the start sheet is printed by the printer unit 42, and the positional information on the URL embedded in the homepage prior to the printing. Are stored in the RAM 33.
[0069]
FIG. 15 is a flowchart showing the second and subsequent processing routines. In the second and subsequent processing routines in this embodiment, the processing in step S620 is provided instead of the processing in steps S340 to S370 as compared with that in the first embodiment, and the processing in step S630 is performed between steps S410 and S420. The difference is that processing is added, and the other steps are the same as those in the first embodiment, and the same step numbers are given in the figure. The process of step S620 selects link position information from the URL character string data detected in step S330, and is executed by the function of the position information selection unit 558b of the link position information generation unit 558. The process of step S630 is to accumulate link position information and is executed by the function of the position information accumulation unit 558a of the link position information generation unit 558.
[0070]
According to the second and subsequent processing routines of this configuration, the URL corresponding to the marked object is printed simply by causing the scanner unit 22 to read a paper on which a homepage image is printed and the link destination to be jumped is marked by handwriting. You can print the homepage image shown in In particular, in the second embodiment, whenever the homepage image is printed by the printer unit 42, the URL location information embedded in the homepage is stored in the RAM 33, thereby generating the URL location information. In addition, there is no need to call a home page as a starting point anew as in the first embodiment. Accordingly, it is possible to speed up the calling of the home page.
[0071]
Next, a third embodiment of the present invention will be described. The communication terminal device according to the third embodiment is different from the communication terminal device 10 according to the first embodiment in the configuration of the program processing unit realized by the execution of the CPU 30, and the other configurations are the same.
[0072]
FIG. 16 is a block diagram showing functions realized by the communication terminal apparatus according to the third embodiment. In the figure, the same reference numerals are assigned to the same components as those in the first embodiment. As shown in the figure, the program processing unit 648 is different from the program processing unit 48 of the first embodiment in that it includes a set time notification unit 650.
[0073]
The set time notification unit 650 outputs a notification signal when the time based on the output signal from the timer 39 reaches a predetermined time. The notification signal is sent to the HTTP object data calling unit 52. When this notification signal is input, the HTTP object data calling unit 52 immediately sends the previously designated URL character string data to the HTTP object data calling unit 52.
[0074]
As a result, if a document is read by the scanner unit 44, a desired link destination home page can be printed periodically at a predetermined time. Therefore, it is suitable for reading a regular homepage such as news distribution.
[0075]
In this embodiment, the time setting to the set time notification unit 650 can be input from the touch panel 27 in the usage mode in which the touch panel 27 is connected. A number indicating the time may be entered on the manuscript to be printed, or a setting input may be made by filling the manuscript clock face on the manuscript and entering the clock hands.
[0076]
In the above embodiment, the public network-connected Internet is used as the computer network. Instead of this, a network such as Ethernet (Ethernet), Token-ring, etc. built in the company premises, or an existing network is used. A network provided by a personal computer carrier may be used.
[0077]
As mentioned above, although one Example of this invention was explained in full detail, this invention is not limited at all to such an Example, In the range which does not deviate from the summary of this invention, it can implement in various aspects. Of course.
[Brief description of the drawings]
FIG. 1 is an explanatory diagram showing the appearance of a communication terminal device 10 to which a first embodiment of the present invention is applied.
FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing an electrical configuration of the communication terminal apparatus 10;
FIG. 3 is a block diagram showing functions realized by the communication terminal apparatus 10;
FIG. 4 is an explanatory diagram showing a state of data communication between the communication terminal device 10 and the WWW server 60;
FIG. 5 is an explanatory diagram showing paper printed by the printer unit.
FIG. 6 is an explanatory diagram showing a sheet printed by a printer unit 42 and on which a predetermined mark is written.
FIG. 7 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a sheet on which marks having other shapes are written.
FIG. 8 is an explanatory diagram for explaining position data and size data that constitute mark position information;
FIG. 9 is a flowchart showing a main routine of homepage printing processing executed by CPU 30;
FIG. 10 is a flowchart showing a first-time processing routine in which a subroutine call is made from the main routine.
FIG. 11 is a flowchart showing a second and subsequent processing routines in which a subroutine call is made from the main routine.
FIG. 12 is a block diagram illustrating functions realized by the communication terminal device according to the second embodiment.
FIG. 13 is an explanatory diagram showing link position information in the second embodiment.
FIG. 14 is a flowchart showing a first-time processing routine in the second embodiment.
FIG. 15 is a flowchart showing a second and subsequent processing routines in the second embodiment.
FIG. 16 is a block diagram illustrating functions realized by the communication terminal device according to the third embodiment;
[Explanation of symbols]
10. Communication terminal device
12 ... Stacker for paper feed
14 ... Output tray
16 ... Touch panel
18 ... Printer section
20 ... Paper feed stacker
21 ... Output tray
22 ... Scanner section
24 ... Public network
26 ... Internet
27 ... Touch panel
28 ... Electronic control unit
30 ... CPU
31 ... Bus
32 ... ROM
33 ... RAM
34 ... Printer interface
35 ... Scanner interface
36 ... HDC
37 ... Panel interface
38 ... I / O port
39 ... Timer
41. Hard disk device
42 ... Printer unit
44 ... Scanner unit
44 ... Modem
45 ... dedicated terminal
48 ... Program processing section
50. Transmission / reception processor
51. Protocol control unit aggregate
51a: PPP protocol control unit
51b ... TCP protocol control unit
51c ... HTTP protocol control unit
52 ... HTTP object data calling section
53 ... HTML data development part
55. Specific position print character detection unit
56: Mark position information generation unit
57 ... URL selection part
58: Link position information generation unit
60 ... WWW server
548 ... Program processing unit
558 ... Link position information generation unit
558a: Position information storage unit
558b Position information selection unit
648 ... Program processing unit
650 ... set time notification unit

Claims (8)

  1. By using a hyperlink-style home page embedded with link information that is the starting point when accessing a communication host on a computer network, data communication is performed by moving between multiple communication hosts on the computer network. A communication terminal device,
    An image of a print medium in which an image corresponding to the homepage is printed together with location information indicating the location of the homepage, and a predetermined mark is written at a location corresponding to the location on the homepage where the link information is embedded Image reading means for receiving the image and reading the image of the print medium;
    Location information extracting means for extracting the location information from an image read by the image reading means;
    A transmission request means for receiving the input of the location information and requesting data transmission to a communication host according to the location information;
    Receiving means for receiving homepage data representing the homepage transmitted from a communication host that has received a request from the transmission requesting means;
    Link position information generating means for generating link position information representing a position on the home page in which the link information is embedded from the home page data and storing it in a memory when the home page data is received by the receiving means;
    Mark position information generating means for generating mark position information representing a writing position of the mark on the print medium from an image read by the image reading means;
    Wherein by matching the memory stored link position information and the mark position information, and link information selection means for selecting the link information corresponding to the writing of the marks on the printing medium is made position,
    A communication terminal apparatus comprising: link information instruction means for causing the transmission request means to request data transmission to a communication host according to the link information by sending the selected link information to the transmission request means.
  2. The communication terminal device according to claim 1,
    Based on the home page data when the transmission request unit makes a data transmission request according to the link information instruction unit and the receiving unit receives the home page data sent from the communication host that has received the transmission request. A communication terminal device comprising printing means for printing an image.
  3. By using a hyperlink-style home page embedded with link information that is the starting point when accessing a communication host on a computer network, data communication is performed by moving between multiple communication hosts on the computer network. A communication terminal device,
    Receiving means for receiving home page data representing the home page transmitted from the communication host;
    Printing means for printing an image based on the received homepage data on a print medium;
    Link position information generating means for generating link position information representing a position on the home page in which the link information is embedded from the home page data and storing the link position information in a memory when the home page data is received by the receiving means; ,
    Image reading means for optically reading an image of the print medium in response to provision of a print medium in which a predetermined mark is written on the print medium printed by the printing means;
    Mark position information generating means for generating mark position information representing a writing position of the mark on the print medium from an image read by the image reading means;
    Wherein by matching the memory stored link position information and the mark position information, and link information selection means for selecting the link information corresponding to the writing of the marks on the printing medium is made position,
    A communication terminal apparatus comprising: a transmission requesting unit that requests data transmission to a communication host according to the selected link information.
  4. The communication terminal device according to claim 2 or 3,
    A timer for detecting a preset time;
    When the time is detected by the timer, the link information selected by the link information selection means is sent again to the transmission request means, thereby transmitting data to the communication host according to the link information to the transmission request means. A communication terminal device.
  5. By using a hyperlink-style home page embedded with link information that is the starting point when accessing a communication host on a computer network, data communication is performed by moving between multiple communication hosts on the computer network. A communication control method to obtain,
    An image of a print medium in which an image corresponding to the homepage is printed together with location information indicating the location of the homepage, and a predetermined mark is written at a location corresponding to the location on the homepage where the link information is embedded Receiving the provision and reading an image of the print medium;
    Extracting the location information from the read image;
    Requesting data transmission to a communication host according to the location information;
    Receiving homepage data representing the homepage transmitted from the communication host that has received the request;
    When receiving the homepage data in the step of receiving the homepage data , generating link position information representing the position on the homepage in which the link information is embedded from the homepage data and storing it in a memory ;
    Generating mark position information representing a writing position of the mark on the print medium from the read image;
    A step of selecting the by matching memory storage link position information and the mark position information, the link information writing corresponding to made the position of the mark on the print medium,
    A communication control method comprising: causing a communication host according to the selected link information to request data transmission.
  6. By using a hyperlink-style home page embedded with link information that is the starting point when accessing a communication host on a computer network, data communication is performed by moving between multiple communication hosts on the computer network. A communication control method to obtain,
    Receiving homepage data representing the homepage transmitted from the communication host;
    Printing an image based on the received homepage data on a print medium;
    Upon receiving the home page data by the step of receiving the home page data, a step of storing from the home page data, the memory generates the link position information indicating a position on the home page that is embedded the link information ,
    Receiving a print medium in which a predetermined mark is written on the printed print medium, and reading an image of the print medium;
    A mark step for generating mark position information indicating a writing position of the mark on the print medium from the read image;
    A step of selecting the by matching memory storage link position information and the mark position information, the link information writing corresponding to made the position of the mark on the print medium,
    Requesting data transmission to a communication host according to the selected link information.
  7. Data communication is performed by moving between a plurality of communication hosts on a computer network by using a hyperlink type home page in which link information as a starting point for accessing a communication host on the computer network is embedded. A recording medium storing a computer program for
    An image of a print medium in which an image corresponding to the homepage is printed together with location information indicating the location of the homepage, and a predetermined mark is written at a location corresponding to the location on the homepage where the link information is embedded A function to read the image of the print medium upon receiving the provision;
    A function of extracting the location information from the read image;
    A function for requesting data transmission to a communication host according to the location information;
    A function of receiving home page data representing the home page transmitted from the communication host that has received the request;
    A function of generating link position information representing a position on the home page in which the link information is embedded from the home page data and storing it in a memory when the home page data is received by the function of receiving the home page data ;
    A function of generating mark position information representing a writing position of the mark on the print medium from the read image;
    A function of said collated memory storage link position information and the mark position information to select the corresponding link information to the location where writing has been made of the mark on the print medium,
    A recording medium storing a computer program for causing a computer to execute a function of requesting data transmission to a communication host according to the selected link information.
  8. Data communication is performed by moving between a plurality of communication hosts on a computer network by using a hyperlink type home page in which link information as a starting point for accessing a communication host on the computer network is embedded. A recording medium storing a computer program for
    A function of receiving homepage data representing the homepage transmitted from the communication host;
    A function of printing an image based on the received homepage data on a print medium;
    A function of generating link position information representing a position on the home page in which the link information is embedded from the home page data and storing it in a memory when the home page data is received by the function of receiving the home page data ; ,
    A function of reading an image of the print medium in response to the provision of the print medium in which a predetermined mark is written on the printed print medium;
    A mark function for generating mark position information indicating a writing position of the mark on the print medium from the read image;
    A function of said collated memory storage link position information and the mark position information to select the corresponding link information to the location where writing has been made of the mark on the print medium,
    A recording medium storing a computer program for causing a computer to execute a function of requesting data transmission to a communication host according to the selected link information.
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