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Method for focus-based HTTP loading

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007900D
Publication Date: 2002-May-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 175K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for focus-based HTTP loading. Benefits include improved response time and improved user satisfaction.

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Method for focus-based HTTP loading

Disclosed is a method for focus-based HTTP loading. Benefits include improved response time and improved user satisfaction.

Background

              Despite fast broadband and LAN connections to the Internet, speed bottlenecks still exist, especially related to Web browsing. One of the more frustrating and common occurrences is when a page contains a large number of images.  Because the images will often load sequentially, the user has to wait the aggregate time of all images loaded before the specific image that she was interested in.

              For example, the user sees the result of a search at an apartment-hunting website. Having already read the description, the user knows that she is interested in the thumbnail photo of The Colonade apartment complex (see Figure 1). However, as the user continues to wait for the thumbnail photo to appear, all the other images in the page are loaded – each and every icon on the page is a separate graphic. The graphics are in no order or priority. The website may take more than 12 seconds to load completely.

Description

              The disclosed method introduces the concept of focus-based HTTP requests. Instead of randomly making requests to the HTTP server for any and all images without any order of priority (or even with a html file ordering), images are loaded based upon the user’s focus. This approach ensures that the images and pages the user really cares about are displayed first, saving much wasted time and preventing frustration.

              The user’s focus on the web page could be determined in several different ways. Certainly, the current position of the mouse would qualify, as would the actu...