Japanese systems giant NEC has jumped on the ?push technology? bandwagon with the launch of a new product, webtheater, that will let users create continuous web page presentations and lectures.
Based on the company?s own inhouse push technology webtheater is able to sequence and store web URLs either on the Internet or on a specific server for continuous downloading at a later point in time.
By entering web theater through regular web browser software, users can view WWW information on a selected topic in television type format. They can pause the theater at any time to concentrate on information that interests them or break off to surf the web returning to the theater at the point they left it.
Although it is still in prototype form the system has already attracted one user. The first customer of the new technology is Japanese publishing house Shinchosa which will be offering a rolling science fiction comic on its home page.
The company claims information providers can design theaters through an easy description language, based on SGML, that allows them to select the pages they wish to offer as well as control the order and timing in which the pages are automatically presented. End-users can also offer theaters by using a registration page on the WWW to design their own program for personal viewing or for sharing, without the need to learn the description language.
NEC will open Web theater from today, and users will be able to view it by downloading the free ?Browser Manager? client software from the Webtheater home page at http://www.meshnet.or.jp/wish/webtheater.
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