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Change Tagging in Internet Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119166D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Isensee, S: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for determining when web pages have changed.

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Change Tagging in Internet Documents

      Disclosed is a method for determining when web pages have
changed.

      Web documents may change at any time.  Users often return to a
site and need to know what, if anything, is new.  Techniques are
needed to indicate when something is new to the reader.

      The present invention is to tag web content by creation date so
that the browser can determine when changes have been made.

      Whenever a change is made to a web page, a tag will be inserted
to indicate what has changed and time stamp the change.  This could
be done automatically by a Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) editor
or manually by the content creator.  Many word processors tag changes
like this, but the idea has not been applied to web documents and
there is currently no HTML tag for this.  A new tag will need to be
added to the  HTML standard.

      When viewing the page, the browser can check the change tags
against a cookie that shows the last time the user accessed that
page.  Visual highlights are provided (e.g., change bars, coloring
the text) to indicate what has changed.  This will indicate not just
that the page has changed, but the specific changes which have been
made.