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Internet Macros: A System and Method for Automation of Internet Activities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014422D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jianming Dong: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a system that supports the automation of repeatable sequences of user activities on the internet, both within and between independent websites. This system can greatly facilitate users' regular activities on the internet, such as periodically checking a number of information sources, regularly

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Internet Macros: A System and Method for Automation of Internet Activities

Disclosed is a system that supports the automation of repeatable sequences of
user activities on the internet, both within and between independent websites.
This system can greatly facilitate users' regular activities on the internet,
such as periodically checking a number of information sources, regularly
following a sequence of navigation links, printing daily or weekly reports
from internet sources, or using internet services such as travel arrangements,
etc.

     The system described takes the general concept of macros from the world
of these stand-alone software programs, and applies to user activities on the
Internet. By doing so, users can automate activities that may span multiple
different websites. Likewise, interaction within a website can be automated
without the providers of that website having to provide the automation
facility. The automation facility exists in the user's control, separate from
any particular website.

     The system would involve one or more stored "macros" or scripts of
events which apply to web browsing in general, or to specific website content
such as forms, buttons, or navigation links. The system would allow users to
create, edit, and delete such macros, as well as run the macros either
manually or according to predefined settings (e.g., daily, weekly, etc.).
Furthermore, the system would allow users to run selected portions of the
macros, or to step through the sequence.

     As one of the repeatable activities that users may wish to automate can
be security authentication, the system itself may support some level of
security as defined by the u...