Method and apparatus to identify and notify user’s accessibility of sub-URLs within a given URL
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-26
The IP.com Prior Art Database
The idea is to ping all different parts of URL in address bar (currently open), with the credentials of the current user, and using this information (accessible/inaccessible) to color code the parts of URL depending on whether this user has access or not . For example: Red parts will denote "no access" and green for "accessible". Basically, whenever a user navigates to a new address, this technology will also ping the different sub-URLs, and get the information whether it is restricted for this user or not and accordingly color-code the URL in address bar. Instead of color-coding, we can also use a panel which will contain all of the possible sub URLs under two different columns namely: Restricted, and accessible.
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Method and apparatus to identify and notify user accessibility of sub-link address within a given URL Method and apparatus to identify and notify user's accessibility of sub-URLs within a given URL
Disclosed is a method to identify and reflect to user, the level or the parts of URL the user can access and parts which are inaccessible to him. This idea can further be enhanced to development kit of RIA websites, which will enable this apparatus in the sites created using Software Development Kits. This would find its usability in hosted services: cloud based services.
Often user wants to navigate to the sub-URL of an already open webpage, by manually editing the URL in the address bar. Since, there is no appropriate/direct way for a user to know about his/her accessibility for different sub-links in a URL. User sometimes ends up in a restricted zone, which sometimes results in end of session or some other similar action which is not desired by the user, and may lead to loss of time, and sometimes content etc.
For example : An admin of a web service is working with the website, with credentials which have some different privileges (and hence access) then an admin - which can be say - Gold/Silver/Platinum/Normal etc. So, if that admin wants to check if he has access to a certain 'sub'-URL or not he'll have to manually modify the URL address and navigate to that 'sub'-URL. This will cost a lot of time and effort. Another scenario is for the Web developers/testers - where they want to test different kind of user's privileges, for which they have to check manually or write a script.
Another example could be of any user navigating through a website, and he wants to go to a certain 'sub'-URL, by editing the address and navigating only to find that he is not authenticated to access that part. This also will end his session, and he will have to again re-authenticate. This again is a time consuming and frustrating process.
With this solution in place, user would know upfront, that what are the areas he/she has access to and what areas are not accessible with his credentials.
Browsers or websites today doesn't offer any such information about the accessible/in-accessible areas of an address (URL). So, there is always a chance that end-user accidently navigate to a restricted sub-URL, and thus loose connection.
This method will identify and reflect to the user, the level or the parts of URL the user has access to. So, that the user can get the information about his rights to different sub-URLs upfront and he doesn't need to navigate in order to check his rights thus saving time and effort, and enhancing his experience.
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Method and apparatus to identify and notify user accessibility of sub-link address within a given URL For example - See the below mentioned URLs with color coding (red/green) identifying the un- accessible/accessible parts of...