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Representing HTML Frames on a Device Having a Small Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123323D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Singhal, SK: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method by which an HTML page consisting of multiple frames may be presented on a device having a limited size display. In particular, the display is used to render one frame at a time, with a hotkey or button used to move among the various frames. To facilitate this rendering, the browser must retain accurate state information about the set of frames that it should currently present to the user.

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Representing HTML Frames on a Device Having a Small Display

   Disclosed is a method by which an HTML page consisting of
multiple frames may be presented on a device having a limited size
display.  In particular, the display is used to render one frame at a
time, with a hotkey or button used to move among the various frames.
To facilitate this rendering, the browser must retain accurate state
information about the set of frames that it should currently present
to the user.

   Small devices (pagers, cell phones, PDSs, etc.) have
traditionally been unable to support the rendering of HTML 4.0
frames.  The screen size may be too small or the resolution may not
be high enough.  Frames consume considerable screen space, thus
further reducing the ability to represent the information on any one
page.  Frame layout is not terribly important on low-resolution or
non-graphical displays (or voice browsers).

   The typical solution to this problem is to select one
frame arbitrarily and only present that to the user.  This approach
is inappropriate because such frames often aid navigation (by
providing site indices) and reduce bandwidth (by eliminating the need
to repeatedly retrieve information).

   To accomodate frames on a small (low-resolution) display,
the browser retrieves all of the frame contents but only render them
(visually or aurally) one-at-a time.  A toggle key (or vocal command)
is used to move between the frames.  A small icon at the bottom of
the screen ind...