Easy Web Navigation
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-18
This article presents a Web Navigation mechanism in which a user can move backward or forward within a specific set of Web pages.
Easy Web Navigation
Web users often follow a predefined pattern when surfing the net. For example once connected to the internet in the morning i usually check my preferred financial site to check how the Asian marked did. Then follows my favorite newspaper site and finally i check my outside mail. A different pattern is used after lunch where i check my second preferred site to see how the US market futures a doing. Before getting back to work i usually check the intranet site for company news and information.
In addition the sequence of sites visited may sometime be modified because of the information found. For example if the financial outlook is not promising, i may decide to skip part of the planned navigation.
As of today there are no tools or utility to aid the user in this sophisticated and recursive navigation. Plain navigators bookmarks are not suited to address the problem as they only provide a group of ordered links with no sequence aggregation.
Even greater efforts are needed if the "history" function of the browser is used for this purpose because all the visited web pages are automatically recorded by the history function and the user has to find out to which page the user wants to return.
The object of this publication is to present a Web Navigation mechanism in which a user can move backward or forward within a specific set of Web pages. The user can record the specific set of pages during the Web navigation and/or compose the sequence afterwards. The user can use a new type of bookmark ("multiple navigation" bookmark) or a new type of desktop "internet shortcut" ("multiple navigation" internet shortcut) as a starting point of the recorded navigation path.
This invention proposes a "recorded internet navigation" mechanism in order to provide more efficient methods than the bookmark function or the history function.
A typical scenario for an Internet user could be as follows:
1. The user moves to his financial site and press the "record navigation button" to
record the financial site page and the subsequent navigation path. This web page
will be the first page of a linked list of pages. An "add page to the current recorded
navigation" button will be enabled
2. For each page visited the user...