Internet Browser Bookmark Locator by Color
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Disclosed is a software function to highlight frequently used browser bookmark links by displaying the most often used bookmarks in brighter colors and the bookmark links that are used least often in cooler or grayed-out colors. When using an internet browser, it is easy to add bookmarks to mark web sites on the Internet. Bookmarks are links to web sites. These bookmarks are used to earmark web places that may be needed in the future. A user does not have to remember a web site's long (many characters) Uniform Resource Locator (URL). Bookmarks are typically saved in a file on the client's hard disk. Over time and browser usage, the list of a client's bookmarks grows. At some point, the list is large and it may be difficult for the user to find the frequently used bookmarks. To solve the problem of locating frequently used bookmarks, the coloring of the bookmarks text would change. The most often used bookmark would be in bold, brighter colors such as red and blue. The least often used bookmark would be displayed in colors such as gray or black. Once a user views a list of bookmarks, the disclosed function would automatically refresh the colors of the individual bookmarks. The color assigned to the text of the bookmark when the bookmark is displayed would depend on a field in the client's bookmarks file. During browser configuration, such as in the User Preferences options, the user can configure the colors to be associated with frequently used bookmarks. The user can specify the preferences for bookmarks that are specific ages from the current date. For example, the user could choose the color red to highlight all bookmarks that have been selected in the past ten days. If a bookmark has been selected between ten and twenty days, then the color would be blue. All other bookmarks not fitting the configured criteria would be in black.