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Links that Pass Selection Position to Target

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014245D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In today's graphical user interface operating system such as Microsoft Windows* or NT*, it is common for a user to navigate within and between applications by clicking on GUI objects (or widgets) with a pointing device such as a mouse.

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Links that Pass Selection Position to Target

  In today's graphical user interface operating system such as Microsoft Windows* or NT*, it is common for a user to navigate within and between applications by clicking on GUI objects (or widgets) with a pointing device such as a mouse.

Further, in the Internet or Web world, using any of the several most commonly utilized browsers (such as Internet Explorer*), navigation to new locations is often accomplished by having the user click on visible objects.

Such objects could be:

a button

an image (e.g. an icon or a toolbar selection)

some text

In the case of image maps, the location within the image that the user clicks on can affect where the user is taken (which link is followed). However, where the user clicks on the link symbolic representation never affects the relative location WITHIN THE SAME DESTINATION the user is shown. Hence, for instance, if there is a textual link as follows "HERE IS A TEXTUAL LINK ", the user is taken to the same location regardless of whether he clicked on an early word in the link or a later one.

This invention proposes that where the user clicks on a link be passed as meta-information to the destination address, to be processed accordingly.

For instance, if there was a URL link to a dictionary document or address book labelled " ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ ", the dictionary or address book would be opened TO THE APPROPRIATE LOCATION WITHIN, based on where the user clicked on the link.

Anoth...