willybfriendly - 2:58 am on Nov 5, 2005 (gmt 0) I wish I could say it was hard to believe that they would expand upon the original claims (as I read them), but hey, this is life on the web. Leosghost may have hit the nail on the head. WBF
Looking at the actual patent application, it would appear that this was to cover hard copy documents.
An information processing methodology gives rise to an application program interface which includes an automated digitizing unit, such as a scanner, which inputs information from a diversity of hard copy documents and stores information from the hard copy documents into a memory as stored document information. Portions of the stored document information are selected in accordance with content instructions which designate portions of the stored document information required by a particular application program. The selected stored document information is then placed into the transmission format required by a particular application program in accordance with transmission format instructions. After the information has been transmission formatted, the information is transmitted to the application program. In one operational mode, the interface interactively prompts the user to identify, on a display, portions of the hard copy documents containing information used in application programs or for storage.
I wish I could say it was hard to believe that they would expand upon the original claims (as I read them), but hey, this is life on the web.
Leosghost may have hit the nail on the head.