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Method for Providing a Summary for Web Page Links

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122823D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Greer, TD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for providing a summary for web page links. When faced with a page of links, the user of an internet web browser often has to load (at least partially) each link to find out if the associated web page could be of any use. Even with graphics turned off, it can take a considerable amount of time for a page to load to the point where the user can get the gist of the page contents.

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Method for Providing a Summary for Web Page Links

      Disclosed is a method for providing a summary for web page
links.  When faced with a page of links, the user of an internet web
browser often has to load (at least partially) each link to find out
if the associated web page could be of any use.  Even with graphics
turned off, it can take a considerable amount of time for a page to
load to the point where the user can get the gist of the page
contents.

      One solution to this problem involves the use of a "SUMMARY"
tag or tag parameter that could be associated with any link on a
given page.  If a user performs a particular action such as holding
down the  "S" key and clicking on a link which has a SUMMARY tag
associated with  it, then instead of loading the link, the browser
(A) presents a pop-up  box (B) that provides the summary information
for the link and two pushbuttons- one button to load the page and the
other to cancel everything and return to the original page.

      As an alternative, the summaries could be kept on the pages
linked to (D).  The summary of a page is part of the page itself.  In
this case, the user would "summary-click" on the link and the browser
would immediately request the associated page but would not
immediately start to display it.  The browser would then check the
incoming High Text Markup Language) for any SUMMARY tags and, if one
was found, would  immediately stop loading the page and present the
user with th...