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Self-Expiring Bookmarks, Shortcuts, and Icons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020488D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Nov-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Nov-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 5K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention disclosure describes a function that asks the user whenever a bookmark, shortcut, icon, or other pointing construct is created for a expiration time period, after which the pointer will be automatically deleted. Whenever one is created, a small dialog box will appear and ask the user if they would like it to be created as Permanent, six months, or one month. Generally, pointers of this type are created for a limited-use project or function. The data pointed to is still valid, but won't provide value after 3-6 months. The pointer will delete itself when the time period expires and it is no longer useful. Regular use of this function will keep the number of bookmarks, shortcuts, and icons down to manageable levels, and will not require further intervention on the part of the user.

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Self-Expiring Bookmarks, Shortcuts, and Icons

Bookmarks, shortcuts, icons, and other similar pointing constructs are a valuable tool used by browsers, operating systems, and other programs. However, the user adds pointers over time and they increase in number, cluttering the screen or menu, and interfering with the user's ability to find the new ones. In many cases, the older pointers are no longer used, but by the time they are causing a problem, have become so numerous that they can't be checked and deleted in a reasonable amount of time.

This invention disclosure describes a function to ask the user whenever a bookmark, shortcut, icon, or other pointing construct is created for a expiration time period, after which the pointer will be automatically deleted. Whenever one is created, a small dialog box will appear and ask the user if they would like it to be created as Permanent, six months, or one month. Generally, pointers of this type are created for a limited-use project or function. The data pointed to is still valid, but won't provide value after 3-6 months. The pointer will delete itself when the time period expires and it is no longer useful. Regular use of this function will keep the number of bookmarks, shortcuts, and icons down to manageable levels, and will not require further intervention on the part of the user.

This invention can be used with operating systems, browsers, and data management programs like Lotus Notes. For example, Notes database ic...