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Navigation method using information anchor points

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015638D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Mar-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is an information navigation mechanism in which a user of web browser can jump backward or forward to any specific web page by a simple and intuitive method. The specific page is explicitly marked as an "anchor page" by the user during the page navigation, and the user can use the anchor page as a starting point of information navigation. This mechanism especially makes it efficient for the user to find out necessary information from the fairly large amount of information sources stored in so many web sites. A typical information finding scenario for a web user to search for any specific topic is as follows: 1. The user moves to a starting page from which the user initiates information finding operation 2. The user jumps to other relevant pages by using a hyperlink provided on the starting page or with assistance of search engine and checks to see if the pages contain necessary information the user needs

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Navigation method using information anchor points

   Disclosed is an information navigation mechanism in which a user of web browser can jump backward or forward to any specific web page by a simple and intuitive method. The specific page is explicitly marked as an "anchor page" by the user during the page navigation, and the user can use the anchor page as a starting point of information navigation. This mechanism especially makes it efficient for the user to find out necessary information from the fairly large amount of information sources stored in so many web sites.

A typical information finding scenario for a web user to search for any specific topic is as follows:

1. The user moves to a starting page from which the user initiates information finding operation
2. The user jumps to other relevant pages by using a hyperlink provided on the starting page or with assistance of search engine and checks to see if the pages contain necessary information the user needs
3. If the pages do not satisfy the user's needs, the user goes back to the starting page and repeats the similar operation by clicking another hyperlink or changing a search condition
4. The user might use several starting pages while the user moves around in a single web site

In many cases, the user moves around many pages until the user feels the page contents matches the topic the user is looking for. However, the user can rarely hit the target page even if the user went through a lot of pages, so the user has to go back to the starting point to "reset" the current information finding operation and restart the information finding by, for example, clicking another hyperlink on the web page.

The user can use the "bookmark" function of the browser to go back to a specific web page, but the user must select which page the user should be brought back to before using the bookmark function. Even greater efforts are needed if the "history" function of the browser is used for this purpose because all the visited web pages are automatically recorded by the history function and the user has to find out to which page the user wants to return. This invention proposes the "anchor page" mechanism in order to provide more efficient methods than the bookmark function or the history function. This mechanism can be achieved as follows:

1. The user saves anchor pages explicitly
2. If the user saved more than one anchor pages, then all the anchor pages are saved in a linked list format
3. A GUI element such as a button on a toolbar is provided so that the user can save a currently browsed page as an anchor page
4. Other GUI elements such as buttons are provided so that the user can traverse back and forth the linked list of the saved anchor pages. For example, if the user clicks the "backward" button, the user can immediately go back to the most recently saved anchor page.

A GUI example of the buttons described above is shown in Fig. 1.

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Save new anchor page

ForwardBackward

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