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Utilizing Heading Elements as Placeholders to Improve Content Navigation in a Small-Screen Browser

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131914D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 5 page(s) / 49K

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Abstract

When using a computing device that has a small screen such as a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), cellular phone or other handheld computing device, it is difficult for the user to easily view content such as Web pages. Such content is typically designed for a large screen such as those provided with a desktop computing system. One solution is to render the content so the width fits the small screen so a user does not have to scroll horizontally. The disadvantage of this approach is that the user often has to scroll downwards through a great deal of content at the top of the page such as banner advertisements, menus and other graphics to get to the content of interest. Thus there is a need for a system and method to allow a user to rapidly jump to the content of interest.

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Improved Content Navigation In A Small-Screen Browser

Utilizing Heading Elements as Placeholders to Improve Content Navigation in a Small-Screen Browser

Disclosed Anonymously

When using a computing device that has a small screen such as a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), cellular phone or other handheld computing device, it is difficult for the user to easily view content such as Web pages.  Such content is typically designed for a large screen such as those provided with a desktop computing system.  One solution is to render the content so the width fits the small screen so a user does not have to scroll horizontally.  The disadvantage of this approach is that the user often has to scroll downwards through a great deal of content at the top of the page such as banner advertisements, menus and other graphics to get to the content of interest. 

Thus there is a need for a system and method to allow a user to rapidly jump to the content of interest. 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

For a better understanding of the present invention, and to show more clearly how it may be carried into effect, reference will now be made, by way of example, to the accompanying drawings which aid in understanding an embodiment of the present invention and in which:

Figure 1 is a block diagram of a personal computer device interfacing with multiple content providers;

Figure 2 is a block diagram of the components that implement an embodiment of the present invention on a personal computing device;

Figure 3 is a flowchart of the logic used to identify heading elements; and

Figure 4 is a flowchart of the logic of a scrolling control.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION

Referring first to Figure 1, a block diagram of a personal computer device interfacing with multiple content providers is illustrated.  Figure 1 illustrates three main components, personal computing device 10, content providers 12 and network 14.  Personal computing device 10 may be any computing device with a small screen, such as a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) or a cell phone.  Content providers 12 deliver content to personal computing device 10.  An example of a content provider 12 would be a Web server.  Requests for content from personal computing device 10 are sent via a wireless connection to network 14.  We refer to the use of a wireless connection as computing devices with relatively small screens typically make use of wireless connections to obtain content.  However, it is not the intent of the inventors to restrict the network to being wireless.  For example a small screen device on a desktop phone hardwired to a network may make use of the present invention.  Network 14 may be any network capable of receiving a request from personal computing device 10 and returning content to personal computing device 10.  Network 14 passes the request for content to a content provider 12 by a communication protocol common to both.  Content provider 12 returns the requ...