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Method for Phriendly URL's

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022046D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Handheld devices are increasily web-enabled, though the interfaces for text input are still considerably unwieldy. Explicit URLs can be difficult and time consuming for a user to key on such a web-enabled device like a mobile phone. This article suggests two methods that provide some relief to users frustrated with these problems. The first involves concerned website administrators registering multiple domain names for each website. The second involves the client software on the device applying a T9-like algorithm to URL input.

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Method for Phriendly URL's

Handheld devices such as PDA's and cell phones are increasingly web-enabled. Anyone who has used a cell phone to navigate the world wide web, however, knows that the interface for text input still leaves much to be desired. Entering free form data, such as a URL on a phone or PDA is orders of magnitude more difficult than keying it in on a standard computer keyboard. Many users would appreciate any assistance in entering such data. Additionally, website owners most certainly want to take every step possible to facilitate access to their content.

T9 is a technology that can save many keystrokes on such devices, but it only works well with dictionary words. Website URL's often consist of words and spellings that T9 cannot find in its dictionaries.

Herein is proposed a series of minor inventions that make it incrementally easier for users to access URLs directly over their handheld computing devices. Phriendly* URLs are shortcuts that save tedious keystrokes on web-enabled handheld computing devices and phones.

It is not uncommon for large websites to register multiple domain names for their site. Thus, the website can seamlessly provide its content to users that simply mistype their URL. It is also a method for legitimate websites to protect themselves from parasites that attempt to leech traffic intended for other locations.

Registering multiple domains is a very inexpensive practice widely used by many websites. It is proposed that such websites additionally register their Phriendly URLs.

Thus Example.com** might also register: dwampjd.com These represent the first characters on the numeric key...