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Automatically continuing expired internet sessions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032469D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Nov-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Nov-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A system is disclosed that stores dynamic internet session information containing user input and cross certification to allow the dynamic session to be resumed at any time. When a session is initiated, the system acquires information from the server on when the time limited session will be terminated. Following that, an agreement is made between the client and server to allow continuation after the session has timed out.

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Automatically continuing expired internet sessions

A system is disclosed that allows users to continue expired internet sessions that have been built with dynamic input and not automatically feeded user input. An internet session is set to time out after a period of inactivity, because such a session requires more resources than regular internet sessions and might result in system instability. This is inconvenient to users, that have supplied information and gone through a series of steps in the internet session that cannot be easily restored.

    What is known in the art are systems that keep track of what is entered into a system (e.g. cookies) and even developer systems that are able to feed i.e. cookies back to the system for testing purposes. Also known in the art are systems that allow the user to save for instance filled in forms as drafts. But this is a feature that needs to be programmed enabled by the service provider.

    The system goes through a series of steps: - Detection when the browser is entering into a session; (e.g. identified by received cookie) - Detection of time-out settings or the time-out itself; - Tracking of what input is entered into the session and what is being loaded from the server into the session; - Offering the user to continue the recorded session to enable the user to continue where he left off; - Detection and analysis of changes in the stored session and newly available session information; - Detection of any differences during th...