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Dynamic modification of suggested file download directory based on URL, file type, or keyword

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015998D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Sep-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Dynamic modification of suggested file download directory based on URL, file type, or keyword

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  Dynamic modification of suggested file download directory based on URL, file type,

or keyword

While using a web browser it is common for users to invoke the browser's built-in "Save As" function to copy a file to their computer's hard disk. When selecting the "Save As" function, most browsers preselect a single download directory based on a system default or predefined user preference. Though the user has the ability to change this default download directory by modifying a preference; the user is still presented with a single choice for all file downloads.

This disclosure proposes creating a process that would automate the selection of the default download directory based on a factor more closely aligned to how the user is going to retrieve the file at a later time. Instead of defaulting to a single, static download directory, the browser would use the web page's URL, the file type, or a special keyword within the page to dynamically create a suggested default download directory. Automating how the default directory is selected reduces the likelihood that the user would have to waste time using manual intervention to modify the directory or move the file later.

Automating the creation of the default download directory would increase the usability of the web browser and allow users to more efficiently manage and retrieve their downloaded files. Depending on how the user normally organizes their file and directory structure, the web browser software could be modified to allow the user to set a preference of whether they'd like their default download directory to be created based on the web page's URL, the type of file, or even a keyword within the page.

If the user selects the download directory be created based on the web page URL, while browsing a URL, if the user selects the "Save As" function the default download directory that is presented to the user would contain a meaningful por...