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Method and System to Bring Attention to Invalid HTML Links in Collaborative Lifecycle Management Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243294D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-18
Document File: 3 page(s) / 126K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system for proactively rendering links as invalid, and then automatically re-rendering as normal links only if the links are valid. The method described herein dynamically renders links as invalid based on an underlying UI preview mechanism, which does not require generation of a new page and does not require that a user has clicked an invalid link.

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Method and System to Bring Attention to Invalid HTML Links in Collaborative Lifecycle Management Applications

HTML links between artifacts in a Collaborative Lifecycle Management environment play an important role beyond simple navigation between views. Existence of a link between various artifacts is often needed to satisfy mandates of a development process. For example, a development process could mandate that every requirement must be validated by a test case. The presence of a "Validated By Test Case" link between a requirement and test case means that the mandate has been satisfied. Whereas an absence of the link means that the mandate has not been satisfied.

Another example would be a mandate that every requirement must be implemented by

a change request. An "Implements Requirement" link between a requirement and a change request satisfies the mandate.

Changes may occur after a link has been established that cause the link to become invalid. For example, a user can create a link between a requirement and a test case. Then later the test case could be deleted. When examining the requirement the presence of the link may cause it to appear at first glance that the validation criteria has been met. But clicking on the link will attempt to navigate the browser to a non-existent artifact, thereby alerting the user to the missing test case coverage. When such condition is detected the user may need to react by replacing the invalid link with a valid one.

Therefore, there is a need to recognize such Invalid links and shown in a prominent way to avoid giving a false impression.

Disclosed is a method and system for proactively rendering links as invalid, and then automatically re-rendering as normal links only if the links are valid. The method described herein dynamically renders links as invalid bas...