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URL auto-completion through external links and stepwise folder pre-fetching

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000169395D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Apr-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Apr-15
Document File: 7 page(s) / 133K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Internet Browsers have mechanisms to auto-complete URLs so that user need not type in all the characters, thereby speeding up things. Auto-completion of a given URL is possible if the relevant link is present in the Internet History. If the Internet History doesn’t contain the URL or a portion of it, the browser waits till the user types in the entire URL. The current disclosure provides a couple of mechanisms whereby auto-completion is performed for URLs which are not yet in the Internet History.

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URL auto-completion through external links and stepwise folder pre -fetching

Internet Browsers have mechanisms to auto-complete URLs so that user need not type in all the characters, thereby speeding up things. Auto-completion of a given URL is possible if the relevant link is present in the Internet History. If the Internet History doesn't contain the URL or a portion of it, the browser waits till the user types in the entire URL. The current disclosure provides a couple of mechanisms whereby auto-completion is performed for URLs which are not yet in the Internet History.

This disclosure serves a two-fold purpose:

It provides a method for URL auto-completion through stepwise folder pre-fetching.

It provides a method for pre-fetching external hyperlinks which might be of relevance to users.

Each of the bullets mentioned above is elaborated on the lines of the following aspects:

Associated Benefits

Use Cases
Implementation details

Benefits of URL Auto-Completion through stepwise folder pre -fetching:

Context based pre-fetching: Using the URL Auto-Completion through stepwise folder pre-fetching feature, users can specify certain context/pattern for pre-fetching. e.g. If a user is interested in the links pertaining to 'finance', all the folder names that conform to the context of 'finance' are displayed ahead of the rest of the pre-fetched folders.

Better control with the user: URL Auto-Completion through stepwise folder pre-fetching is disabled by default. Users can enable the feature by specifying at least one website for which the URL Auto-Completion is to be taken up.

Benefits of external link pre -fetching:

Context based pre-fetching: Using the URL pre-fetching feature, users can specify certain context for pre-fetching. If a user wants to cache only the links pertaining to 'finance', all the URLs that are to be cached are checked if they conform to the context 'finance' i.e. words like 'accounts', ' budget', 'expenditure' etc. If the URL conforms to the context, it would be cached else it would be discarded.

Better control with the user: URL pre-fetching is disabled by default. Users can choose to either enable/disable pre-fetching.

URL pre-fetching: By means of this disclosure, external links available in a given website are pre-fetched and made available through the Internet History. The depth, to which embedded hyperlinks in a given webpage are chased, is configurable.

Minimal performance impact: Since the browser is made to do additional tasks it is quite logical that there would be some performance impact. The performance impact is kept minimal by means of the following:

    Just the URLs are pre-fetched and not any web page per se. o

      CPU idle cycles are used to pre-fetch links.
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Central repository of relevant links: By means of this disclosure all the relevant external links that reside on a given Webpage and...