Simplified internet addresses in Web Browsers.
Original Publication Date: 2002-Feb-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Disclosed is a web browser feature that allows internet addresses to be entered quickly and accurately. The current internet web browsers, such as those offered by *Microsoft and **Netscape require you to enter the fully qualified internet address, also known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) in order to access a web site. The web browser can be enhanced by having a combo box prefix the web address, and a combo box suffix the web address. The prefix combo box will contain selections such as "http://www.", "www." and "w3.". The suffix combo box will contain selections such as ".com", ".edu" and ".gov". Note that a dot (".") is included in the combo box entries. If an entry is selected in the combo box, it is used in conjunction with the address that you typed, eliminating the need to enter a fully qualified address. If the combo box is blank, nothing is added to the address. Adding a prefix and/or suffix to the internet address will greatly reduce the number of keystrokes required to access a web site. If "www." is selected in the prefix combo box, and ".com" is selected in the suffix combo box, you only need to type "microsoft" to access "www.microsoft.com". If you are a student doing a research project and would like to access web sites at various universities, you could select a prefix of "http://www." and a suffix of ".edu", and type "harvard" as the address. Switching to Princeton University's web site would only require that you type "princeton" as the address since the the prefix and suffix is already defaulted.