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Methods and User Interface for Efficient Access of Multiple Hyper-links on a Web Page

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016278D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Sep-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Methods and User Interface for Efficient Access of Multiple Hyper-links on a Web Page The disclosed invention allows the web user to open multiple web links in one page without revisiting the source page. When a user arrives at a page and decides to visit several links, the user interface allows user to select all the links first and load them to the desktop at one time. This solution eliminated the users’ workload due to the tedious process of revisiting the source page to visit multiple links in the page. At the same time, it provides the user power to arrange the opened pages in a serial or parallel way based on the logical relationship among those pages. One way of implementing this is to use similar interaction convention for multiple selection in Windows Explorer*. Users select links on a certain web page by clicking on links while holding the "Ctrl" key. Visual cues are offered to any selected links. Once selection is finished, the user may press "Enter" key to load all the selected pages from the Internet.

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Methods and User Interface for Efficient Access of Multiple Hyper-links on a Web

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The disclosed invention allows the web user to open multiple web links in one page without revisiting the source page. When a user arrives at a page and decides to visit several links, the user interface allows user to select all the links first and load them to the desktop at one time. This solution eliminated the users' workload due to the tedious process of revisiting the source page to visit multiple links in the page. At the same time, it provides the user power to arrange the opened pages in a serial or parallel way based on the logical relationship among those pages.

One way of implementing this is to use similar interaction convention for multiple selection in Windows Explorer*. Users select links on a certain web page by clicking on links while holding the "Ctrl" key. Visual cues are offered to any selected links. Once selection is finished, the user may press "Enter" key to load all the selected pages from the Internet.

When browsing the Web, users are often interested in visiting several links within one page. For instance, when a user arrives at a typical newspaper home page, he/she may decide to view some news articles, check out the advertisement, and go to the sports section to keep browsing. The existing web browsers only allow user to navigate to one link from any page at one time. After a user clicks on a web link in a web page, the resulting page will be displayed either in the same browser or in a separate pop-up window. In many cases, links that a user wants to visit in the source page may become invisible if the resulting page does not contain the same link or the pop-up window covers part of the source window. A user has to click on the "Back" button or the source page window to go display all the desired links before clicking another link....