Patents by Inventor Richard Henry Dana Crawford

Richard Henry Dana Crawford has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9916295
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to align contexts with text. Multiple versions within separate forms of context are controlled; all contexts are controlled in independent alignment with parts in text. Plain text syllables are synchronized with audio vocalization playback with timings applied in context. Precise synchronization is controlled within a multi-touch tap process. Same-language restatements, translations, linguistic alignment “ties” and tags are controlled in contexts. Depictions and vocalizations of text and parts in text are controlled within contexts and sorted within tiered carousels. Toggle controls quickly access separate contexts. Independent alignments between multiple contexts and parts in text are controlled and dynamically adjusted in real-time. Text and contexts in multiple writing systems, styles and sizes are aligned and edited within WYSIWYG textarea. Context alignment controls are applied within a collaborative social framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Henry Dana Crawford
  • Publication number: 20140039871
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to synchronize segments of text with timed vocalizations. Plain text captions present syllabic timings visually while their vocalization is heard. Captions in standard formats are optionally used. Synchronous playback speeds are controlled. Syllabic segments are aligned with timing points in a custom format. Verified constant timings are variably assembled into component segments. Outputs include styled custom caption and HTML presentations. Related texts are aligned with segments and controlled in plain text row sets. Translations, synonyms, structures, pictures and other context rows are aligned. Pictures in sets are aligned and linked in tiered sorting carousels. Alignment of row set contents is constant with variable display width wraps. Sorting enables users to rank aligned contexts where segments are used. Personalized contexts are compared with group sorted links. Variable means to express constant messages are compared.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Henry Dana Crawford
  • Publication number: 20110097693
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to align and edit chunks of text and translation. Language learners compare segments of text and translation. Both text and translation are segmented into word groups or “chunks” and related to each other. The related chunks are aligned to facilitate their comparison. For a reader, unfamiliar chunks can be related to more familiar chunks. Constant alignment of text and translation chunks occurs in many variable outputs, including bifocal formats and directly editable alignments. Thus, human edits and improvements input into the system can inform improving machine chunk translation. Both text and translation are editable within one single document, manageable in a wide variety of text editing environments, including common Textarea Input fields. Resulting chunk translations are easily printed on paper and/or displayed electronically. Language learners using the system may include humans and machines. Productions of aligned texts are customized for individual language learners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Richard Henry Dana Crawford
  • Patent number: 6438515
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying dual texts in a manner to facilitate language learning, by presenting a highly visible “study text,” divided into individual units of thought, or “chunks of meaning,” which are preferably formatted in association with less visible units of a “teach text,” provided in proximity, preferably upon a separate focal plane, thus effecting a bitextual, bifocal presentation. The method and apparatus clearly relate the study text and the teach text, associating their individually related chunks of meaning, storing these associations in computer memory, as “.txt” or “Unicode equivalent” files, which, when organized into folders, allow computer programs to access these associations and automatically produce bitextual, preferably bifocal, presentations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Inventors: Richard Henry Dana Crawford, Urivan A. Saaib