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Enhanced Internet browsing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130261D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-18
Document File: 4 page(s) / 278K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Using Internet you can retrieve any information in a couple of seconds, depending on the speed of your connection and on the amount of data your computer sends and receives. What typically happens when a web user decides to download a web page is that an HTTP page (a description of the page in terms of texts, buttons, images, and others) is downloaded to the user browser that interprets it, connects to the web server to download the objects referenced by the page itself and visualize the page and its content. The importance of the "look and feel" and the growth of the network?s speed allow the website designers to increase (sometimes without control and real usefulness) the content of the web pages adding more and more elements images, texts, JavaScript code, Java applets and so on. Using high-speed connections this phenomenon doesn?t cause problems but using a slow link connection this cause a relevant loss of time that could discourage the user to continue surfing on that web site. This problem could be avoided enabling the web user to select a level of details to be shown and choose which objects must be displayed and which not, and therefore which objects to be downloaded and which not. The proposal consists of a new mechanism to associate a "level of relevance" to any object composing a web page and to select, on the browser, the desired level of detail to be shown. On the server side, the web site designer can define the level of relevance for each element to be downloaded and the web page developer can realize this adding the new relevance attribute to each object.On the client side, the web user can select the desired level of details and only the proper items are displayed (and thus downloaded). Furthermore, for web users who want an intermediate level of details, it is possible to right click on an object and select "disable" so to perform a progressive machine learning of what to download and what not, from a web site.

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Enhanced Internet browsing

Enhanced Internet browsing

Introduction

   Today Internet is the most complete "database" in the world, mainly made of hypertext pages referencing objects stored into web servers.

   Using Internet you can retrieve any information in a couple of seconds, depending on the speed of your connection and on the amount of data your computer sends and receives. What typically happens when a web user decides to download a web page is that an HTTP page (a description of the page in terms of texts, buttons, images, and others) is downloaded to the user browser that interprets it, connects to the web server to download the objects referenced by the page itself and visualize the page and its content.

   The importance of the "look and feel" and the growth of the network's speed allow the website designers to increase (sometimes without control and real usefulness) the content of the web pages adding more and more elements images, texts, JavaScript code, Java applets and so on.

   Using high-speed connections this phenomenon doesn't cause problems but using a slow link connection this cause a relevant loss of time that could discourage the user to continue surfing on that web site. This problem could be avoided enabling the web user to select a level of details to be shown and choose which objects must be displayed and which not, and therefore which objects to be downloaded and which not.

   It is an object of the present disclosure to make available a method to provide the web user a powerful mean for "customize" the layout of the web sites, according to his preferences, connection speed and so on.

The proposed mechanism

   The proposal consists of a new mechanism to associate a "level of relevance" to any object composing a web page and to select, on the browser, the desired level of detail to be shown.

   On the server side, the web site designer can define the level of relevance for each element to be downloaded and the web page developer can realize this adding the new relevance attribute to each object:

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<img height="52" width="110" alt="IBM®" src="//www.ibm.com/ibm-logo.gif" relevance=MAX/>

<form title="Search form" name="search-form" method="get" action=http://www.ibm.com/Search relevance=MID
>

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relevance=MIN/>

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