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A Process for the Blending of Web Content

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013692D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 4 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

HTML and XML are becoming increasingly popular approaches for companies to disseminate important data to other companies and to the public in general. It is now possible to obtain stock quotes, news, weather, package tracking information, and many other types of useful information from the Web in one of these two formats. In fact there is so much information available that users are increasingly finding that they spend to much time and effort navigating though this mountain of interwoven data on a daily basis looking for the nuggets of information that they need. As our society becomes more mobile, both on a personal level and in our business dealings, the need to access these information nuggets from new small mobile devices has complicated an already complex task. This is because these devices have less ability to render the data for our consumption and hence make the job of navigation an even more complex challenging task. Recently, web sites on the Internet and intranet, application frameworks, and even collaboration tools have jumped to the rescue of the web surfer offering a tailored home-away-from home in the form of personalized links and content making the navigation process easier. While these ‘personalized home page’ sites, often referred to as portals, have helped the navigation problem they suffer from not being able to deal effectively with the variation in user access devices of the mobile user and inability to create personalized views of arbitrary content in the web. What we present here is a process using various emerging technologies which overcomes this portal navigation road block . One might call this approach a virtual personal web site where the site adapts itself to the device being used to view it and where the content is a dynamic personalized distillation of the entire web .

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A Process for the Blending of Web Content

HTML and XML are becoming increasingly popular approaches for companies to disseminate important data to other companies and to the public in general. It is now possible to obtain stock quotes, news, weather, package tracking information, and many other types of useful information from the Web in one of these two formats. In fact there is so much information available that users are increasingly finding that they spend to much time and effort navigating though this mountain of interwoven data on a daily basis looking for the nuggets of information that they need.

As our society becomes more mobile, both on a personal level and in our business dealings, the need to access these information nuggets from new small mobile devices has complicated an already complex task. This is because these devices have less ability to render the data for our consumption and hence make the job of navigation an even more complex challenging task.

Recently, web sites on the Internet and intranet, application frameworks, and even collaboration tools have jumped to the rescue of the web surfer offering a tailored home-away-from home in the form of personalized links and content making the navigation process easier. While these 'personalized home page' sites, often referred to as portals, have helped the navigation problem they suffer from not being able to deal effectively with the variation in user access devices of the mobile user and inability to create personalized views of arbitrary content in the web.

What we present here is a process using various emerging technologies which overcomes this portal navigation road block . One might call this approach a virtual personal web site where the site adapts itself to the device being used to view it and where the content is a dynamic personalized distillation of the entire web .

Our solution consists of four inter-related processes. First a virtual site editor allows the end user to create or modify virtual XML based web pages from traditional static content and provides a palate of objects representing views of static or dynamic web content. Secondly, a tool for populating the palate with objects that permit the user to identify nuggets of information on various external web pages. Thirdly a 'web

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blending' engine converts virtual pages requests against the virtual site to XML pages by rendering the object views of external web content as described by the relevant virtual site markup. Finally, a transcoding engine converts the XML page to a form that can be most readily viewed on the users query device.

This solution has the following characteristics:

The navigation seen at the user device when accessing the virtual site is limited to that which describes how the user views the relationship between the information nuggets (view objects) he has previously selected. Extraneous information surrounding the nugget of interest on the real web has been stripp...