Thumbnail web page.
Original Publication Date: 2001-Dec-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Many users have to search through many web pages to find the one they really need. Sometimes, one would like to go back to a particular web site that was originally passed over. However, after flipping though many web sites, the user cannot remember where the web page was and can only recognize it by graphics in the web site and not by the site name. It can consume a significant amount of time just trying to find the web site that was viewed just minutes ago. This can be solved by having a thumbnail size scrolling web page. For example, the main web page would take up upper 80% of the screen. The thumbnail one would take up the lower 20% and would display the last visited web pages horizontally across (or vertical). In one screen, one could have about 5 to 10 thumbnail pages. The size of the thumbnail should be user settable and the number of visited web pages to be stored in the scroll bar should also be user settable. The images of these web pages should be stored locally so that it can be viewed and scanned quickly. This way, the suer can "jump" to a particular web site without having to search and re-download many of the previously visited sites. 1