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An Appparatus for piping form- based on the web Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014983D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jul-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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Definition More and more Web applications allow users to post-process other form-based Web applications for enriched results. Let’s refer to the Web application that does the post-processing as the "parasite application," and to the application that is post-processed as the "original application." In general, the parasite application typically modifies the original application’s form and directs its actions (such as a CGI script call) to the parasite application. The parasite application is then in charge of interacting with the original application. In such an approach, the parasite application must be aware of the format of the original form and can "parasite" only a finite set of original applications. In this disclosure, we propose an apparatus that does not require the parasite application to know what the format of the original form is, and that allows the user to specify interactively the URL of any original application, remotely operate it and post-process it, whatever its syntax is, as long as the apparatus is semantically consistent in combining the two applications. Solution