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Compound Links in Internet Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119147D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Isensee, S: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for combining multiple internet links for more efficient user interaction.

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Compound Links in Internet Documents

      Disclosed is a method for combining multiple internet links for
more efficient user interaction.

      It is often desirable to link from a point in a web page to
several other web pages.  For example, an author may make a statement
in an article and want to link to several pages that provide evidence
to support that statement.  Today, the content designer must put in
several links.  This takes up an unnecessarily large amount of space
on the page.  It is desirable to have a concise way to present
multiple links.

      The present invention is a compound link.  It can be
represented on the page as a single (compound) link and will link to
several pages.  A visual indication may be provided to differentiate
compound links from simple links.  When the user clicks on a compound
link, all linked pages are accessed.  Each of the linked pages may be
opened in a separate window or the user may be presented with a list
of the links and can choose which one(s) to access.

      This is more concise than presenting each link separately and
makes better use of the available screen real estate.