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A method for using a resource archive to suggest relevant alternative network resources when a resource cannot be found

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238258D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for using a resource's (web page's) archive to suggest relevant links when a resource cannot be found.

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A method for using a resource archive to suggest relevant alternative network resources when a resource cannot be found

Commonly, users bookmark web pages on websites they visit, and search engines store links to pages within websites. This works well as long as the web pages remain active and are not moved to another location. However, websites are dynamic and these links may break:
1. Pages may be renamed. For example, help.html may be renamed to learn.html.

2. Pages may be removed from the site. For example, a page full of mostly non-confidential information may include a small piece of confidential information, and may have to be completely removed.

3. Minor infrastructure changes may accidentally cause pages to disappear (e.g. proxy misconfiguration)
4. Websites may be completely redesigned. For example, if a company hires a new web development company, the website may be completely redesigned, and despite containing similar content, the links to the old pages may no longer be valid.

For example, let's say that Company X has a Help Page (http://example.com/help.html) with the following information: the help desk phone number, the help desk e-mail address, and a list of frequently asked questions. User Joe visits http://example.com/help.html and bookmarks the page in his browser.

Company X expands and redesigns their website. http://example.com/help.html is removed. Now they have a Contact Us Page (http://example.com/contact.html) with the help desk phone number and the help desk e-mail address and a Live Chat Page (http://example.com/chat.html) where you can chat with live tech support. Joe uses his bookmark to access http://example.com/help.html and is frustrated to see an error message saying the page no longer exists. He leaves the site without giving Company X his business.

Prior Art

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Description

This prior art explains the specifics of an Internet archive service. The invention being described in this article builds on Internet archive services and uses them to provide helpful information to users. This proposed invention answers the question, "Which currently accessible page is most like the one you were looking for initially?" This prior art is merely a versioning tool for the internet.

Internet archive service providing persistent access to web resources

https://www.google.com/patents/E P1160692A3?cl=en&dq=using+pa ge+archive+to+suggest+similar+p age&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WEcfUqj5Is nYsASQg4GICw&ved=0CF4Q6AE wBg

The Perfect 404

This prior art explains how to provide an intelligent 404 error page when a page a user tries to access is unavailable. The art does not consider using a page archive.

http://alistapart.com/article/perfect4 04

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/ 2007/03/creating-user-friendly-404 -pages.html

This prior art explains how to provide an intelligent 404 error page when a page a user tries to access is unavailable. The art does not consider using a page archive.

Creating User Friendly 404 Pages

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