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Efficient 3D Method for Displaying Browser Uniform Resource Locator Bookmarks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122914D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 4 page(s) / 313K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brush, AP: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In Today's web browsers, the notion of Uniform Resource Locator (URL) bookmarks is presented. URLs are typically represented in a tree-like hierarchical list. The branches of the tree represent categories and subcategories of URLs while the leaves of the tree are the actual URLs the leaf represents.

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Efficient 3D Method for Displaying Browser Uniform Resource Locator
Bookmarks

In Today's web browsers, the notion of Uniform Resource Locator (URL)
bookmarks is presented.  URLs are typically represented in a
tree-like hierarchical list.  The branches of the tree represent
categories and subcategories of URLs while the leaves of the tree are
the actual URLs  the leaf represents.

      As the user collects a large amount of URLs, the tree display
becomes hard to manage and usually occupies the entire screen, making
the bookmark list hard to use and view.

      Tree view of URLs in the current art provides a hierarchical
method of categorizing and displaying URLs.  The URLs hierarchy can
instead be mapped on to the faces of a multidimensional solid object.

      Fig. 1 shows a cube with bookmark categories mapped to each
face of a cube.  The cube is shown rotated partially to show the cube
dimensionality.  Each face of the cube is color coded to represent
Both a category of URL.  The user is able to rotate the cube using a
directional arrow pad.

      Fig. 2 shows the cube after a rotation, showing one URL
category.

      As the user rotates the cube, new categories of URLs are shown
as the front face of the cube.  As the cube rotates, the user will
see new categories and subcategories of URLs based on the color
ordering scheme below.  Repeated faces are seen only when a category
or subcategory has been cycled through from beginning to end.

      Color ordering allows the user to assign a color to each major
bookmark category.  The user is instructed to pick brighter colors
for more popular categories.  When the user adds a subcategory to the
given category, this subcategory will be given a dimmer color value
based on  the associated major category color.

      As the user rotates the cube up or down, the cube cycles
through all of the categories in the bookmark list.  Rotating the
cube left or right cycles through the subcategories of the given
major category.

      The...