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Method To Open Hypertext Links In A Designated Window

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015163D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Mar-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

When viewing an HTML document containing links to other web content, clicking on a link will cause the link to open in a new window if the html specifies that behavior. Each link in the document, with the aforementioned behavior that is clicked will open a new window. This is undesirable because each window that opens consumes system resources, takes longer to display the link (a new window must be created) and is an unnecessary action when a previously opened window could be used. Additionally, clicking some links will cause the current content of the window containing the link to be replaced with the link's content. This is not always a desired result since to re-establish the window's previous content may necessitate reloading the document from the server (this could be time consuming). This disclosure provides a way to allow links to open in a designated window saving system resources and saving the user the need to close windows that open only to display a clicked link. It also saves a user from having to reload the previous contents of a window when a clicked link replaces the contents of the current window. This invention would also allow the use of the back/forward browser button or the window history function to retrieve previous window contents. Today a newly opened window has no history associated with it other than the currently loaded document. The procedure described here also applies to links stored in a bookmark file. How it works today: Assume a page has loaded containing 5 links that normally open in separate windows when clicked. Clicking each of the links would open 5 separate windows. The user has a choice of closing a window prior to clicking another link or keeping each window open. If a user closes a window and later desires to display that link again, a new window will be opened. Keeping all windows open consumes more system resources and clutters the display. The position of where the window opens is not controllable by the user. How it works using this disclosure:

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Method To Open Hypertext Links In A Designated Window

When viewing an HTML document containing links to other web content, clicking on a link will cause the link to open in a new window if the html specifies that behavior. Each link in the document, with the aforementioned behavior that is clicked will open a new window. This is undesirable because each window that opens consumes system resources, takes longer to display the link (a new window must be created) and is an unnecessary action when a previously opened window could be used. Additionally, clicking some links will cause the current content of the window containing the link to be replaced with the link's content. This is not always a desired result since to re-establish the window's previous content may necessitate reloading the document from the server (this could be time consuming). This disclosure provides a way to allow links to open in a designated window saving system resources and saving the user the need to close windows that open only to display a clicked link. It also saves a user from having to reload the previous contents of a window when a clicked link replaces the contents of the current window. This invention would also allow the use of the back/forward browser button or the window history function to retrieve previous window contents. Today a newly opened window has no history associated with it other than the currently loaded document. The procedure described here also applies to links stored in a bookmark file.

How it works today:

Assume a page has loaded containing 5 links that normally open in separate windows when clicked. Clicking each of the links would open 5 separate windows. The user has a choice of closing a window prior to clicking another link or keeping each window open....