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System and method for multicasting multimedia content Patent #: 6351467
AbstractA method, system, and computer-readable code for a technique by which multiple Web pages can be dynamically bundled (i.e. packaged) and downloaded for accessing on a user's workstation, enabling the user to perform a meaningful interaction even in the absence of an ongoing network connection. The proposed technique uses an on-demand bundling approach, ensuring that a requesting user will receive the most recent versions of any bundled files. The proposed technique often serves to reduce the number and duration of network connections required, enabling a user to work productively while offline. Further, the bundle may optionally contain executable code such as one or more servlets, which will execute on the user's workstation to enable dynamic content generation. Messages may be created and queued during processing of the downloaded bundle, for sending to a server when the user subsequently establishes a network connection. Optionally, data mining software may be used advantageously with this technique, to increase the likelihood of constructing a bundle that will meet the user's needs throughout the offline interaction. Additionally, transcoding may optionally be performed on a bundle destined for a particular user, that will tailor the bundled software to the user's current working environment.