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Method to Detect Chart Data at the Client-Side and Render Chart

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000193328D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Feb-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Feb-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 19K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention describes a package and install charting engine as a browser-based plugin. The plugin is to have the capability to recognize a charted data set in a web page and display visual cues (hyperlink) indicating to the user that the data can be viewed as a chart. The method allows the user to choose chart style/related preferences; the data set displays in the chosen style in a separate browser window.

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Method to Detect Chart Data at the Client -Side and Render Chart

If a user wants to view a set of information displayed on a web page as a chart, it

cannot be done unless the web page/site itself offers this capability. Current solution

needs are:
· The ability for a website user to view a set of information shown on a web page,

as a chart, truly on-demand, without the application having this capability built-in

at the server side
· A client-side chart data detection and chart rendering capability; Chart Engine to

work on the client-side as a browser plugin
· Greater user flexibility and increased speed in using charts

There are currently no known solutions to this problem. Existing server-side chart

engines provide some Application Program Interface (API)/Uniform Resource Locater

(URL) for applications to build charts, or desktop applications such as Microsoft Excel®

allow for viewing data set as charts, but there is no existing solution that addresses the

needs described above.

The solution is a package and install charting engine as a browser-based plugin with the

following key features:
· Works on the client-side
· Recognizes data set in a web page
· displays options to view the data as a chart
· Allows the user to choose chart style/related preferences and display data set in

the chosen style

The approach is described as follows:
1. Package the charting engine run time as a Client-side Environment.
2. Install the engine as a browser-based plugin
3. Parse the...