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Method for quick browser switch

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000029947D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jul-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jul-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Currently, various web browsers display the same web page differently. This is due to various reason, such as script rendering, java versions, etc. Web developers should test their web pages on all version of every browser but, as users of the Internet we know, this is not the case. If a page does not display nicely in a particular browser then the user is forced to cut and paste the html link to another browser. This disclosure proposes a button that will switch a user from one browser to another without any user's effort except selecting the button. Example, if a user is viewing a web page with browser X and this web page is not browser X friendly, the user can hit a button that will jump the user to browser Y with the same URL (Universal Resource Locator) loaded. In addition, the URL bookmarked can have an additional parameter that specifies which browser to use so when the bookmark is selected, in any browser, it will be automatically displayed in the user specified browser.

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Method for quick browser switch

This disclosure provides ease of use to users. It allows web pages to be treated as identities outside of the tool used to browse them. It provide users with the ability to quickly choose which browser best serves their needs when viewing a URL. It allows the user to quickly switch a URL to a different browser or specify in the bookmarked URL which browser to use when being viewed.

This browser-switch button can be displayed on the OS's (operating system) desktop tool bar. For most users, this tool bar is always displayed on the bottom of the computer screen. If the user is viewing a webpage in browser X and selects this button then the user's specified alternate browser, say browser Y, is launched and the URL is sent to it. The user can configure which browsers they would like to use or the system can default for them the browsers that are installed on the system. Secondly, the bookmarked URL to have an additional parameter that can launch the user specified browser when selected. This user can specifiy the browser at the time the URL is bookmarked or edit this parameter at a later date.

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