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Look Ahead Filtering of Internet Content

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119161D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Isensee, SH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for filtering content of web sites to block pages with specified content and all links to those blocked pages.

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Look Ahead Filtering of Internet Content

      Disclosed is a method for filtering content of web sites to
block pages with specified content and all links to those blocked
pages.

      Various parties desire to block certain parts of the
internet.  For example, parents may wish to keep their children from
seeing pornography; companies may wish to block employees from game
sites, etc.  So called "babysitter" programs are currently available
to block sites that have objectionable content.  The problem is that
the availability of these sites is still obvious.  For example, a
teenager may see a link for a sex site.  They try to take this link,
but the babysitter program stops them.  However, since they have seen
the link,  they know the site is available.  They can then try to
find a way around  the babysitter program, i.e., go visit the site
from a friend's computer,  etc.

      The present invention takes babysitter programs one step
further by blocking not only objectionable sites, but the links to
them.  It does this through a look-ahead feature and dynamic editing
of HTML.  For example, the user selects a link to go to a web page.
The browser requests the page, but before displaying the page, it
looks ahead  by following the links on that page.  Call the links A,
B, and C.  It find that link C leads to a page which contains
objectionable content.  The program then edits the HTML to remove
link C.  The web page now displays and the user has n...