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Method for capturing and recording hyperlinks surrounding a bookmark

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012058D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Apr-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Apr-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 238K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A method to capture and record the pathway of discovery surrounding a bookmark created in Web browser software. The data trail would show the hyperlinks to and from (or in-front and behind of) a bookmark. Based on a user or business defined depth, the series of links (or Web sites) that were visited before and after a bookmark was created will be captured and recorded as structured data.

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Method for capturing and recording hyperlinks surrounding a bookmark

  Web browser bookmarks can provide a comprehensive and structured view into an Internet users interests and tools. Further, a bookmark typically represents an end-point or a conclusion of a search for a specific element of interest on the Internet. For many users, their bookmarks represent a significant amount of time and research spent searching for resources on the Internet. Collectively, these sets of bookmarks could represent years of searching and discovery. However, the context of that searching and discovery, or the pathway of that discovery, is typically lost -- only the bookmark remains as evidence of the users' exploration and effort.

The present method provides a means by which this exploration and pathway of discovery can be captured and recorded. The data trail would show the hyperlinks to and from a bookmark. Based on a user or business defined depth, the series of links or Web sites that were visited before and after a bookmark was created will be captured and recorded as structured data. This data can then be made available to other applications in a variety of scenarios described below.

"Pre-marks," or the links visited prior to a bookmark being created, are read from the browser history and "post-marks," or the links subsequent to the bookmark creation, are written from each link clicked after a bookmark is set. These pre- and post- marks are based on depth settings, i.e., how many pre- and post- links to capture around a bookmark. The data trail is thus constituted of the collection of pre- and post- links surrounding a bookmark, thereby creating the pathway into and from a bookmarked resource. The diagram below illustrates this process.

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The data trail information can be used by the user or a separate application. For

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