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Keyword Based URL's for direct navigation to the content

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100153D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Mar-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 3 page(s) / 86K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A way of providing web users simple, short URLs, which are no more than one level deep. Such URLs are easy to remember and lead directly to the content. Also discussed are a few implementation alternatives.

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Keyword Based URL's for direct navigation to the content

Disclosed is a system for keyword based, abbreviated, easy to remember web URLs (Universal Resource Locators). This invention provides web users a way of using simple, short URLs, which are no more than one level deep (i.e. there is only one string after a hostname "/" character). Such URLs are formed by using easy to remember keywords, product, service names or combinations thereof. Adapting to the URLs described does not rule out use of the traditional form of URLs, i.e. with a depth of arbitrary level - both can coexist in a single web server. This form of the URL is easy to remember and enhances a web user's experience by directly leading to the information sought, as opposed to a typical scenario of navigation by following numerous web links.

http :// www.some-car-maker.com / keyword

protocol hostname keyword hostname terminal symbol

Let us define a string after hostname "/" (slash) character or "hostname terminal symbol" in figure 1 as a "keyword" for this discussion.

Figure 1 - Web URL components

It is convenient for the users to remember simple URLs, specifically if the URL is a derivative from the product name, brand name, service name, product feature or characteristic and so on (from now on collectively referred to as offerings). Currently, there are two main approaches (1) embed offerings into the URL by using a combination of the virtual host and DNS approach, e.g. for the hypothetical business some-car-maker.com - it would be http://car1.some-car-maker.com, http://car2.some-car-maker.com and so on, (2) Use one level deep URL (e.g. http://www.some-car-maker.com/car1) but then use URL-forwarding, which redirects to some other multi-level deep URL. A drawback of the above two approaches is the additional management required of numerous DNS entries and virtual hosts or URL-forwarding. For larger companies, offerings and sub-offerings tends to be in upwards of hundreds and setting up and managing domain name system (DNS) and virtual host or URL-forwarding for each of them is a cumbersome task and the inability to keep up with it may eventually result in broken links,.

The proposed invention is a new approach which supports single step, direct navigation to content with the "one level" deep URL with the flexibility of linking more than one keyword (as defined in figure 1) with a physical location without any added management cost. Keywords can be formed using natural language, e.g. "car-performance-data" and so on. Benefits of this proposed invention are, (1) Easy to remember URLs, (2) Direct navigation to the content, rather than following many links, (3) Minimal impact/change in the configuration, and (4) Can support case-insensitive URLs (portion after hostname).

The idea in a nutshell is to form a lookup table that associates many keywords with a

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physical content location, as shown in the figure 2. For example, "safety", "carsafety", and "safety-rat...