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Method to Manage Hierarchical Links in Browser Using Colored Depth Tabs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240315D
Publication Date: 2015-Jan-22
Document File: 4 page(s) / 60K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to enhance in addition to the colored tabs in browser to help differentiate the hierarchy between different tabs opened in browser. The current browser supports to have different tab groups shown in different colors. However, it does not differentiate within each group the level of hierarchy of the links. In such case, the enhanced colored tabs will automatically assign different color depth for each groups and order them from darkest to lightest. Darkest color means that it is the root tab. Hence, user may easily refer back to the root browser tab to avoid searching through all the opened tabs.

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Method to Manage Hierarchical Links in Browser Using Colored Depth Tabs

Problem Statement

Currently, using tab to manage web page is widely conducted on web browser. It's an ideal way to manage the multiple page and users could easily locate the page they just opened. When tab for each is getting more and more and tab title is getting shorter and shorter, users may feel confused and have no idea how to manage it. They may encounter the problems below:

Users couldn't locate the tab they want quickly as they have to go through the whole tabs.

Users couldn't know the hierarchical relationship between each tabs as they may forget how they're directed to the each tab.

Users may close the tab that they don't intend to do.

Users couldn't re-organize the tab if they did find the new page/material that is related to some tab.

Disclosed is a method to enhance in addition to the colored tabs in browser to help differentiate the hierarchy between different tabs opened in browser. The current browser supports to have different tab groups shown in different colors. However, it does not differentiate within each group the level of hierarchy of the links. In such case, the enhanced colored tabs will automatically assign different color depth for each groups and order them from darkest to lightest. Darkest color means that it is the root tab. Hence, user may easily refer back to the root browser tab to avoid searching through all the opened tabs.

Also, since each group is hierarchically ordered, user may perform other advanced operations. Some of these operations includes:
a.) Close all subsequent tab levels starting from a specific hierarchy level. ( Current tab management only supports closing the full tab group ).

b.) Re-assigning any subsequent tab levels as the new root level.

c.) Automatically re-order tabs based on their hierarchical level and color depths.

Usage Scenario

Fig. 1

The browser user might open an search engine, and then input some key word to search sports event info, and in the same time, he/she opens the facebook pages to browse recent information. He/She finds an interesting link and click it to browse the content. He/She switch back to sport event search result and open pages about NBA news and FIFA, and he/she link to other page from FIFA news...