Methods and User Interface for Efficient Access of Multiple Hyper-links on a Web Page
Original Publication Date: 2002-Sep-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Methods and User Interface for Efficient Access of Multiple Hyper-links on a Web Page The disclosed invention allows the web user to open multiple web links in one page without revisiting the source page. When a user arrives at a page and decides to visit several links, the user interface allows user to select all the links first and load them to the desktop at one time. This solution eliminated the users’ workload due to the tedious process of revisiting the source page to visit multiple links in the page. At the same time, it provides the user power to arrange the opened pages in a serial or parallel way based on the logical relationship among those pages. One way of implementing this is to use similar interaction convention for multiple selection in Windows Explorer*. Users select links on a certain web page by clicking on links while holding the "Ctrl" key. Visual cues are offered to any selected links. Once selection is finished, the user may press "Enter" key to load all the selected pages from the Internet.