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Method to Rate Widgets Outside of a Community Infrastructure

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000169432D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Apr-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Apr-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Today the rating of widgets takes place outside the widget, and resides in the community infrastructure which contains the widget. That is in the catalogue. Currently a user searches for a widget in the catalogue and download it. If the user wants to rate that widget this must be done via the catalogue. What if the web was considered as the platform such that collecting rating information could be done within the widget? This disclosure introduces a method for collecting rating information from a user via the widget.

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Method to Rate Widgets Outside of a Community Infrastructure

Today the rating of widgets takes place outside the widget and resides in the community infrastructure which contains the widget. That is in the catalogue. Currently a user searches for a widget in the catalogue and downloads it. If the user wants to rate that widget, this must be done via the catalogue. What if the web was considered as the platform such that collecting rating information could be done within the widget? This disclosure introduces a method for collecting rating information from a user via the widget. The core idea of this disclosure is a method to collect widget rating information from within the widget instead of in a community infrastructure, as currently done in the art. There are many advantages to this approach for example:

An improved user experience (user can rate a widget without having to do so through a community infrastructure)

Ease of use could potential improve rating/feedback information
Provide a more comprehensive user perspective in addition to rating information.

The first step would be to update the widget to allow the user to provide rating data at the widget. The implementation of such a collection would be similar in method to the collection of other data as already done today. That is, user interaction with the widget is tracked or stored through an application programming interface (API) or restful service, such that a connection is made to send this information home. In short, the widget would call whatever service is exposed for collecting widget metrics. The widget would expose the rating interfa...