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System and Method for Sharing Portal Pages Aggregated on End Users' Computers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130008D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-10
Document File: 5 page(s) / 117K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The present invention discloses a system and method allowing sharing portal pages aggregated on end user's computer. Using a plug-in, the browser is able to open or update the metadata that contains setting about layout and content provider of remote portlets, and then pass it to an aggregator that can obtain the content of remote portlets and aggregates them into a web page for the browser.

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System and Method for Sharing Portal Pages Aggregated on End Users' Computers

Main Idea

1. Background: What is the problem solved by your invention? Describe known solutions to this problem (if any). What are the drawbacks of such known solutions, or why is an additional solution required? Cite any relevant technical documents or references .

   As the Internet becomes more pervasive, better technologies are constantly being developed for displaying web content. To this extent, portal servers have become the technology of choice in delivering web content to users. Typically, a portal server is a portal program (e.g., WebSphere Portal Server from International Business Machines Corp. of Armonk, N.Y.) that arranges web content into a portal page of portlets. For example, a user could set up his/her portal page that has portlets for news, weather and sports. The portal program would obtain the desire web content from the appropriate content provider, aggregate the web content, and generate the web content as a portal web page to end users.

   Portlets are hosted by a portal program and generate markup as well as processing interactions with that markup. Remote portlets are the portlets that hosted outside of the portal server visited by end users. It can be visited by some emerging technology, such as Web Service for Remote Portlet. Through remote portlets, portals and other Web applications render and aggregate information from different sources and provide it in a compact and easily consumable form to an End-User, and a portal server need not have its own content provider.

  The common solution is that the portal server aggregates remote portlets into a web page, and end users visit this portal server to obtain the web page. This single point access has disadvantages as network bottleneck, performance downgrade. In cases when the portal server is out of service, the users are not able to obtain the portlet pages even the remote portlets are available.

   To overcome the above disadvantages, a step forward is to aggregating remote portlets on the end users' machines. But this solution also has vulnerability: It is hard for different end users to share settings of same portal pages.

  In view of foregoing, there exists a need for a system and a method for sharing portal pages aggregated on different end users' machines.

2. Summary of Invention: Briefly describe the core idea of your invention (saving the details for questions #3 below). Describe the advantage(s) of using your invention instead of the known solutions described above .

  In general, the present invention provides a system and a method for sharing portal pages aggregated on different end users' machines. Using the metadata that contains settings about layout and content provider of remote portlets, a portal page can be shared by different end users. Specifically, the present invention provides a plug-in to browser (such as IE, Mozilla). This plug-in is able to recognize the metadata,...