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Visual Breadcrumb and Navigation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243032D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 89K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system to help users track recent and current locations while navigating through multiple websites, application windows, or steps within a workflow. The novel approach enables user to open an icon that contains a thumbnail representation of web page to which the user traveled, and perhaps those in subsequent tasks.

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Visual Breadcrumb and Navigation

Frequently, users must navigate through a series of web pages or documents, clicking Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) and trying to remember the current location in the series. This process can quickly become confusing and frustrating. It might entail opening a multiple windows and then toggling between those windows.

The novel approach enables the user to open an icon that contains one or more thumbnail representations of web pages or application windows to which the user traveled, and perhaps those next in the task succession. Going one place and being able to move in and out using the thumbnails helps keep the user on track.

Example scenario: User A needs to work through several tasks to get an application configured, User A needs to complete three actions to configure the system; create a new password, reconfigure the email client, and finally reconfigure the web browser. Each of these tasks has a series of sub-tasks, such as configuring the web browser, deleting bookmarks, deleting cookies, and creating new bookmarks. User A clicks the thumbnail icon provided by the novel system and opens the view of all the primary task steps. (Figure 1)

Figure 1: The system populates thumbnail views of the primary pages for each step in a task

Then the system populates the thumbnail with the details for the primary steps, including the subtasks. (Figure 2) The orientation can be horizontal, vertical, with or without animation.

Figure 2: Th...