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The Enhanced URL copy-paste machanism Disclosure Number: IPCOM000204364D
Publication Date: 2011-Feb-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

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This disclosure idea is to provide a mechanism to provide add-on information(e.g. the first paragraph, page title or abstract...etc. ) along with a copied URL. This add-on information is dynamically retrieved from the URL source server, and then the URL and its add-on Information can be saved in the memory buffer and be later used by any application (eg. Text Editor, mail client) to respond to user's "paste" action.

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The Enhanced URL copy-paste machanism

1. Background: Quite often when we want to share an interesting web site with friends, we usually copy the URL on the browser URL bar and paste it to friends. However, the pasted result is always the URL only, which consists of http://server/context/uri...., such as However, it would be more beneficial and readable to provide more information along with the URL so our friends could better understand what is it for. But it is somehow waste of time if we manually compose all the information along with the URL. So here comes an idea to improve the URL copy-paste mechanism.
2. Description of the disclosure : The idea is to have source information provided by web site and easy to be updated. Basically, this is a client-server mechanism. On the client side, we have three parts including
client application: the application user performs "copy" on it.
target application: the application user performs "paste" on it.
agent: the system-wide installed component which retrieve the copied url related information from server and keep for later paste action.

    On the server side, we have a add-on service providing copied URL related information. The add-on information is what we want to provide along with the copied URL while in paste action.

And this is how it works:

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    (1) When a user copies a URL, the client application asks the agent to send...