Method and Apparatus for URL Prefix Based Application Delegation
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-01
Interaction with URL's via hyperlinks is the common usage of Web browser. However, hyperlink activations do not necessarily need to involve fetches of content from the network through the Web browser. Based on the address that the URL of the hyperlink refers to, responsibility for the hyperlink activation can be delegated to other applications on the client which may perform other processing besides network fetching. This delegation can be done by having individual client applications claim responsibility for various sections of the URL address space. This allows for various custom client applications to interact with different network servers, which are differentiated only by URL address, automatically through hyperlink activation using a single standard protocol.