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Categorization and Color Coding of Hyper-Links Based on the Time Period of Last Modification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010289D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Nov-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for categorizing and color coding of hyper-links on a web page based on their creation/modification date with at least two new categories of links - one indicating modified in last x days; the other indicating modified in the last x+y to x days.

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Categorization and Color Coding of Hyper-Links Based on the Time Period of Last

Modification

Disclosed is a method, where the browser categorizes hyper-links based on the creation/modification date via the HTTP Head information.

Web pages have a lot of hyper-links for business reasons, such as the necessity to include as much information as possible. When a search is performed, typical web search engines return search-hits whose content match closes to the search-keywords. It would be helpful to a user to categorize and color code hyper-links on a web page based on the creation and modification date. This would enable a user to identify and follow those hyper-links that are recently created or modified.

Similar to the color code which can be set in current day browsers to differentiate between an already visited hyper link and a hyperlink which has not been read, the user can configure different color codes based on the modification time of the hyperlinks. For example, hyperlinks which have data which has been modified in the past two days can appear as dark red, one week old links could appear as blue and one month old links as yellow. While the user downloads a page with a lot of links and starts reading the web page, the browser would follow the hyper-links in the back ground and get the created/modified date of the web pages from the header information obtained by the HTTP HEAD REQUEST.

The Last-Modified entity-header field is available to web browser on a downloaded page and could be gathered from the header of those pages yet to be downloaded. The exact meaning of this header field depends on the im...