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Visual Portlet Focus Manager Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028240D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 140K

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A process that allows a user to quickly navigate among portlets within a given web page in a web portal environment.

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Visual Portlet Focus Manager

Portlets are defined to be a set of commonly-related tasks displayed upon on a given web page within a web portal. Currently, there exists no limit to the number of portlets that may be displayed on a given web page and therefore the navigation and management of portlets on a web page can appear to be overwhelming to a user. A plethora of portlets can be placed within a web page, offering the user very little navigation ability from one portlet to the next with the exception of what can be seen within the viewable area of a web browser. Users do have the ability to scroll up/down/left/right around a web page with numerous portlets inserted throughout the entire page. However, if a user wants to be able to scroll and set focus to a specific portlet on a given web page, there is no mechanism that currently exists to allow to do so.

The solution for this problem involves the use of a floating box, acting as a navigational controller, that maintains information for each portlet on a given portal page. When using a mouse to hover over the title area of a portlet, a floating box will be displayed containing a series of rectangles and squares. Squares represent the open state of a portlet - that is, portlets that have not been minimized within the web page. Rectangles represent the minimized state of a portlet. The floating box will remain displayed for 5 seconds (configurable) or until the mouse (while hovering inside the floating box) hovers outside the box area or until the user has clicked on a rectangle or square within the floating box. For example, as shown below...