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Method for Providing Personalized Information on the Web

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118962D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 4 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Takeuchi, K: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a system that can provide information according to a user's requirements and preferences by taking advantage of the World Wide Web, which is easy to use and accessible world wide, around the clock.

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Method for Providing Personalized Information on the Web

      Disclosed is a system that can provide information according to
a user's requirements and preferences by taking advantage of the
World Wide Web, which is easy to use and accessible world wide,
around the clock.

      In most application software, user-dependent parameters are
stored either in an initialization file or in the operating system's
database for the user's machine.  A Web browser and Hyper Text
Transfer Protocol (HTTP) server normally run on separate machines;
therefore, if  the parameters are stored in the machine where the Web
browser is running, all these parameters must be submitted every time
a request is  sent.

      In the disclosed system, parameters are stored in the server
machine instead of the browser's machine, and each set of parameters
is named.  In this way, when the browser sends a request, it has to
pass only the name of the set of parameters, not the parameters
themselves.  The server uses the given name as a key to search for
the entire set of parameters itself.

      If the user wants to use a different value for some parameter,
the name of the set and the parameter that has a different value must
be passed to the server.  One example of an implementation of this
system is to store a user's parameters in a database on a machine
that is either  running the HTTP server or can be accessed by the
server (Parameter Database in Figs. 1 and 2).

      Each s...