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XML Web Application Based User Settings & Preferences

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016408D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

XML Web Application Based User Settings Preferences A program is disclosed that saves user information, from a web browser, persistently on disk, in XML format, in context of a web application server. This user information could be the last item entered in an entry field, the state of a checkbox, or other user preferences, such as the colors to use for status. When a user is surfing a web site, various information about the user's direct interaction with the web application needs to be persisted, such that the next time a particular web page is presented, components such as entry fields could have their last entered values pre-set in the entry field. Also, various user-specific preferences need to stored, such as the number of rows to display in a table, or the format of a timestamp. This information needs to be persisted, such that if the web application is restarted, the user's information is still retained. This idea describes a simple, and practical way to persist this data. The problem solved is the process of persisting user information, on disk, without the overhead of a database, in context of a web application, on the web application server's machine.