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Bookmark, Shortcut, and Icon Validation Function

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020489D
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 disclosure describes a validation function that runs manually or automatically on a user-defined schedule (once a month, for example) that checks the data to which the bookmarks, shortcuts, or icons are pointing and ensures it is still valid. The user is then presented with a list and allowed to deselect any of these invalid pointers they would like to keep. The rest are automatically deleted.

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Bookmark, Shortcut, and Icon Validation Function

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 disclosure describes a validation function that runs manually or automatically on a user-defined schedule (once a month, for example) that checks the data to which the bookmarks, shortcuts, or icons are pointing and ensures it is still valid. The user is then presented with a list and allowed to deselect any of these invalid pointers they would like to keep. The rest are automatically deleted.

This can be used with operating systems, browsers, and data management programs like Lotus Notes. For example, Notes database icons could benefit from this idea. Web browser bookmarks and operating system shortcut icons are other good examples.

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