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World map with internet address

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013029D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Using the World Wide Web to search for information is growing in popularity. Search engines allow us to search the web for a variety of information. These searches engines generate different links in different languages across the world. All engines present searches in a predefined format based on a set of rules by the engine. The search results link tip information is static and the search engine doesn't have the ability to illustrate the known location of these links. Our idea helps web users find out where the different links are located in the world (see Fig. 1). The user may want to have this information before opening, viewing or downloading information from a link for a variety of reasons. For example two known reasons could be concern for security and accuracy of information. Our vision of achieving this is by having an extra icon such as the world globe as part of the browser toolbar. The following is simple steps to illustrate the above: 1. Search for different information using a search engine . 2. A list of links is produced by search engine.

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World map with internet address

Using the World Wide Web to search for information is growing in popularity. Search engines allow us to search the web for a variety of information. These searches engines generate different links in different languages across the world. All engines present searches in a predefined format based on a set of rules by the engine. The search results link tip information is static and the search engine doesn't have the ability to illustrate the known location of these links.

Our idea helps web users find out where the different links are located in the world (see Fig. 1). The user may want to have this information before opening, viewing or downloading information from a link for a variety of reasons. For example two known reasons could be concern for security and accuracy of information. Our vision of achieving this is by having an extra icon such as the world globe as part of the browser toolbar. The following is simple steps to illustrate the above:

1. Search for different information using a search engine .

2. A list of links is produced by search engine.

3. Highlight the correct link

4. Click the "Link Locator" icon such as the world globe that is part of the browser toolbar.

5. A window could be displayed with information on the link or a world map illustrating the location.

After following these steps the user will be able to locate where the link is located. This information of location could be used for security, accuracy or sp...