Original Publication Date: 2004-Oct-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Oct-04
A portal server is a web application server with additional capabilities. One crucial capability of a portal server is content aggregation. This allows assembling a "page". from the user's perspective, from multiple applications or other content sources. Proposed here is an innovation which will move a Web-based interface built on a portal server closer to a true "enterprise desktop". Simply, the idea is that portal servers should adopt the same User Interface (UI) design as do the general desktop environments : when a portlet is minimized, nothing will be displayed in the place where the portlet used to be. Instead, it will be added to a list of minimized portlets at the bottom of the page (or some other convenient place on the page). One advantage of this invention, currently, a minimized portlet still takes up horizontal space on the screen, with this invention, minimizing the portlet removes it from the main work area of the page. For example, consider a page with two columns, and one portlet in each column. Using current technology, minimizing one portlet will remove its contents from view, but it will still take up horizontal space. This invention would free all that horizontal space for use by the one remaining un-minimized portlet.