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A mechanism to allow user to define task specific action flow in browser

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236837D
Publication Date: 2014-May-19
Document File: 8 page(s) / 141K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a mechanism to allow user to define task specific action flow in browser. An action flow bookmarking tool that allows users to record the flow consisting of pages from different websites into one personalized action flow bookmark

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A mechanism to allow user to define task specific action flow in browser

Browsers allow users to bookmark their favorite websites for easier access later. We observed that it is sometimes useful to remember a series of websites in a specific order to enhance user productivity. Currently this action flow management can only be achieved by website developers who add work items of the same nature into their web services. For example, travel sites usually bundle flight and hotel booking services followed by car rental services into one SaaS web application. However, this pre-defined workflow may not fit specific users' preferences. A user may want to integrate other seemingly unrelated services into his own action flow in order to meet his business or personal needs.

    Proposed is an action flow bookmarking tool that allows users to record the flow consisting of pages from different websites into one personalized action flow bookmark. The recorded bookmark consists of major steps from different websites into the flow with the option to edit the details. The bookmarking tool is capable of handling user actions, such as back and forth navigation, that break the workflow; back action will bring the user back to the page of the previous logical step instead of the previous page in browsing history and vice versa. Users can edit recorded bookmarks with ease to subtract, add, or modify the pages to fit their needs.

    The innovation provides a new programming model that breaks away from the current trend of do-it-all websites, such as travel website that bundles flight, hotel, car rental, and payment services into one bundled service. With the current model, users are stuck with the specific workflow and service providers that are defined by the website developers. The turn around to incorporate a new service is slow and depends heavily on the adoption rate of the new service by the general users. With our tool, incorporating a new service into the customized workflow can be done by the users themselves rather than waiting for the development team of the website. This will encourage modularized service development and reduce development cost.

Figure 2.1

    Figure 2.1. is a flow diagram that shows a typical example of user browsing multiple websites using our bookmarking tool. User is able to bypass redundant pages and jump directly to the page of interest between different sites. This example consists of 3 major steps across 3 different websites. When user clicks on the bookmark he recorded earlier, he is brought to page 1 of website 1, denoted as page
1.1. After going through pages 1.1~1.3, the bookmark indicates the next step is page

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2.2 of website 2. User can click the "Next" button on browser to be redirected to page 2.2 and skip the normal flow of website 1. This redirection skips redundant welcome pages (grayed-out pages 2.1 and 3.1) and optional services pages (pages
1.4~1.7) that most websites have and directly brings user to...