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Link-Driven Annotation of HTML Pages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123898D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 3 page(s) / 98K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hoffman, RD: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for providing annotations to HTML pages which are realized based on the links through which these pages are accessed.

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Link-Driven Annotation of HTML Pages

   Disclosed is a method for providing annotations to HTML
pages which are realized based on the links through which these
pages are accessed.

   The power of the World Wide Web lies mostly in the ability
to create hyper-links between pages.  However, there are many
instances where the material being linked does not provide enough
information for the specific purposes of the link.  Some examples:
  o  a professor creates a web page for a class with links to
     literary samples.  The samples already exist, but the
     professor would also like to append some critical comment
     to each page.  The current solution would be to put the
     comment on one page and the link on another, which weakens
     the presentation, or to use frames, which are hard to
     program, and produce a counter-intuitive and ugly interface.
  o  a person might want to link to a group photograph.  The
     photo exists, but the person would like to put a circle
     around his face.  The current solution would be to download
     the photo and modify it, which requires special software and
     might violate copyright laws.
  o  a business might want to link to a picture of a product
     which they sell for someone else.  The pictures exist,
     but there is no button that allows buyers to order the
     product.  The current solution is to create new web pages
     specifically for the business.  This increases the cost
     of their site, and may result in difficulties in keeping
     images current.

   The solution to these and other products lies in adding
an annotation capability to the A (anchor) tag in in HTML, and in
creating browsers which can exploit the tag.

   The following annotation elements are added to the A tag
in HTML:...