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OS User Profile for Preference Based Filtering

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000184813D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jun-30
Document File: 5 page(s) / 21K

Publishing Venue

Linux Defenders

Related People

John Cronin: AUTHOR [+1]

Abstract

Upon the establishment of a new user, the operating system on a user machine prompts the user with a series of questions relating to the users personal preferences. This information is stored as an operating system (OS) User Profile. Web sites can request the OS User Profile in order to personalize web content for the user.

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TITLE

OS User Profile for Preference Based Filtering

ABSTRACT

Upon the establishment of a new user, the operating system on a user machine prompts the user with a series of questions relating to the users personal preferences. This information is stored as an operating system (OS) User Profile. Web sites can request the OS User Profile in order to personalize web content for the user.

1. BACKGROUND

Problem or Opportunity

The amount of information available on the internet can be overwhelming. When looking for information on the internet, users can be overwhelmed with irrelevant data. Some individual sites have attempted to address this problem by creating profiles on the site that allow users to filter information based on individual preferences. However, it can be tedious to create individual profiles for every site. A system is needed that provides a more efficient way to filter web page content based on user preferences.

Background Publications

Previous publications have attempted to address the problem of providing filtered web content based on user preferences. However, the previous publications have not addressed this issue from the operating system of a user machine.

US Patent number 7249197 describes a "System, apparatus and method for personalizing web content." In this invention, web content is filtered in between the content provider and a user machine by a proxy server with access to a database of user preferences. This invention does not implement a store of user preferences within the OS of the user machine.

US Patent Application number 20040199606 describes an "apparatus, system and method of delivering alternate web pages based on browsers' content filter settings." When a web

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site is blocked by the content filter in a browser, the server is alerted and the user is provided with a different web page. This invention relates to the filtering of inappropriate web sites and is not implemented within the OS.

European Patent number 1393203 describes a method of creating a web page according to user preferences. This invention deduces cultural information, such as language spoken, from the user by analyzing information such as cookies and IP addresses. The Web server then provides the user with a web page written in the appropriate language. This invention is not implemented within the user's operating system and does not filter content based on information explicitly provided by the user.

2. SUMMARY OF INVENTION

Invention Summary

In the present invention, the operating system on a user machine creates a user profile for each user on the machine. Upon the installation of the OS or the creation of a new user, the OS prompts the user to enter personal information that can be used to tailor content to the preferences of...

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