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Improving findability in web browser history

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000191709D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Jan-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Jan-12
Document File: 1 page(s) / 58K

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IBM

Abstract

Site owners would like to understand which content is viewed for the longest time period - this helps them to prioritise future work to favour creation of content similar to that which their visitors have spent time viewing previously.

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Improving findability in web browser history

Site owners would like to understand which content is viewed for the longest time period - this helps them to prioritise future work to favour creation of content similar to that which their visitors have spent time viewing previously.

    Current mechanisms for measuring viewing time typically record the time difference between the page load and the page unload using ECMAScript routines.

    "Capturing Window Attributes for Extending Web Browsing History Records" published in 2005 by Motoki Miura, Susumu Kunifuji, Shogo Sato, and Jiro Tanaka describes mechanisms to extend a browser to more accurately record time spent viewing a page so that this can be used to retrieve the page from the browser history at a later time. This more accurate information is of use beyond the browser history: in particular to site owners. In this document we outline two methods which could be implemented to deliver this information to the site owner.

Method 1: Extend the HTTP protocol
For the sake of example, a web server wishing to collect the data could serve the page with an extra header:
....
x-ibm*-viewtime-uri: http://blah.com/blah
....

    A browser which supported this protocol and had been configured by its user to supply this data to sites which ask for it would then report the view time in one of two ways: if the page ceased to be viewed by navigating to another page on the same site the following header...