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Method to flash-display cache web images while scanning down the pulldown bookmark menu

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031698D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Oct-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Oct-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

What is proposed is a method in which a user can quickly see the cached contents of visited bookmarks without causing a cache-reload condition to occur. Additionaly, this idea will allow a "quick-scan" of the contents of the browser's cache so users can quickly recall desired web information.

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Method to flash-display cache web images while scanning down the pulldown bookmark menu

When web pages are visited, a common action, unless otherwise specified in the user preferences, is the caching of the downloaded web page onto the client's browser cache directory. Typically, this cached paged stays on the client machine (local) until the user visits the same web page on the server or time has expired for the cached page or the browser has detected a change in the original page or the user specifically asks that a new page be downloaded (forced download).

There are many instances where a user may visit and re-visit the same web page during the day. Typically, these type of web pages are personalized for easy access in a set of bookmarks. This is fairly common for all web browsers.

Sometimes, however, there may be situations where the user is trying to find or recall a previously visited web page. What is meant by this statement is that earlier in the day, the user pulled up an interesting page from one of their bookmarked sites. The page was cached and "sits" on their local cache filesystem. Later in the day, the user wants to go and reference that page. But, two things need to be considered. If the user knows the bookmarked location, by visiting the web site, the cached page may be flushed and a new web page loaded as per the algorithm for re-caching kicks is enforced. Or second, the user can't remember which page (bookmark) they referenced earlier in the day which displayed the page of interest.

In the first case, by visiting each bookmark, one potentially causes the condition where the user destroys (flush the cash) the page they were looking for. In the second case, one must tediously look through each visited bookmark and see if one can find the page again.

What is proposed is a method in w...