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Methodology for Snapshot Processing of data in dynamic Webpages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022372D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The invention disclosed here in provides a mechanism to simplify the process of data entry using multiple profiles into standard web forms. In many cases when web users visit a web page, for example buying an airline ticket, purchasing calling cards etc, they have to enter relevant information in the web pages. Very often, the information entered on these pages is the same every time the user visits these pages. The invention consists of a plug-in which can record the data entered by the web user at the request, encrypt the data and store it on the local system. Once the data is stored, that data is available for the plug-in and is ready to be populated back into the same web page. The instance of data stored on the web page will also be provided with a name. This will allow the web user to associate and store different instances of data with that single web page and associate multiple profiles for single web pages.

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Methodology for Snapshot Processing of data in dynamic Webpages

Let us consider a web site where customers purchase calling cards. The customer can purchase a calling card using a credit card. Depending on how the web site is constructed, the customer would have to enter his name, phone number, credit card number, expiration date, CVV2 number and a 1800 number for credit card verification. Entering all this information every time when the customer visits the site is time consuming. Sometimes it is an inconvenience as the user can make some mistakes while entering data and the purchase order could be rejected.

This feature will come handy in a situation for example where the user can choose to use different credit cards to purchase the phone cards. For every such credit card the user can provide a different name and store it on the system for later usage. When the computer user who saved the data (Identified by the login id for security reasons) visits the same web page again, the plug-in will throw an alert asking the user if he wants to substitute data from the data stored on the local system. The user will be allowed to choose one of many such data instances associated with that web page. Once the user provides a user id and a password, the data will be read, decrypted by the plug in and populated in the web form.

The first time a user accesses the website personal info will be filled in. Half way through the process the user gets side tracked and works on something else. Either the user needs to come back to the page later and fill it up or take a snapshot of what has been created so far and store it in the local drive and which can be retrieved any time later without having to fill in the info again.

Once the registration process is complete the user is given an option to create a profile with favorite calling cards. The user can have multiple profiles to store different preferences or paying options. When the user revisits the web page to purchase calling cards, the website pops up the saved profiles and the user is prompted to choose. The page automatically gets filled and the user can complete the purchase, instead of having to scroll down and select the cards and fill in the calling card info.

Implementation Design: User enters information in a form. The data is captured and stored in a local storage. A plug-in is enabled that captures and fills the information on the page based on the informatio...