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Sharing a Web link pointing to any section of the Web page

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198804D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 22K

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Abstract

This document describes the idea of sharing in a standardized way the pointer to any content included on the Web pages. Using this idea the end users can point virtually to any place on the Web page, save the pointer, bookmark it for further use or share with the other users.

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Sharing a Web link pointing to any section of the Web page

When people are sharing the links to the Web pages, they are usually forced to point either the whole web page, or only those sections of the page, which has defined anchor in (X)HTML definition of the page. This ends up with usability issue, when one wants to share with others the link to the particular section of the Web page, not being restricted to the set of sections defined by the Web site owner.

This idea describes the idea of being able to create a working Web link that (with some tooling needed) once shared and followed by the other user (with additional tooling needed) redirects directly to the Web site section/element that the Web page author has not provided any way to build a Web link.

The typical usage of the Web link is that it contains a URL either to the whole page
(e.g http://www.ibm.com/us/en/) or the section of the Web page, which has the HTML anchor defined (e.g. http://www.ibm.com/us/en/#ibm-tab-content-0, note the part after the '#' character - the rest of the URL is so called HTML anchor).

This publication provides a way to directly point virtually any element on the Web page, even for elements, which does not have HTML anchors defined. With this method, one can share the exact location of the element to be shared with others, enhancing user experience of the link sharing existing model. Having the Web content pointed exactly, one does not need time to describe which part of the Web page is the one that should is intended to be pointed to the target audience.

The solution to be working right now, involves extension to the current Web Browsers to provide the needed feature. Basically, one that wants to share link to any element of the Web page is using the Web Browser's extension to select particular element and generate its "ID" or "unique location" relative to the Web page. The "ID" may be interpreted as the...