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Method for Tracking Article Contents (Website or Application) Consumed by a Mobile Device User Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248136D
Publication Date: 2016-Oct-28
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Disclosed is a mechanism that automatically marks a user’s place in an electronic document, making it easy for a user to return to unread content after leaving the article.

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Method for Tracking Article Contents (Website or Application) Consumed by a Mobile Device User

Mobile users regularly access an application or website to consume articles and information, often in parts via multiple visits. When a user begins an article and then leaves the page, upon returning to the article, the user has to search for the place in the article to begin again. There is no good solution to automatically keep track of what a user has read and not read. Consequently, a user might unnecessarily re-read, overlook, read content out of sequence, or misread valuable content. This problem applies to online articles, documents, e-books, etc.

The novel solution is a mechanism that automatically scans an article or page when a user first opens it. On the right side of the screen, for every five or ten lines, the mechanism displays a narrow column with small circles. Each circle represents a virtual consumable section (configurable by the user) to keep track of the consumed parts of an article. By analyzing the hypertext markup language (HTML), the mechanism takes into account the natural article section when creating the consumable section. As a user reads part of an article, the mechanism fills in the corresponding consumable section circle based on the user pausing at a certain place. The user has the ability to toggle off a circle to un-mark a section as read. Later, the user returns to the article and can choose to only display the unread consumable sections.

In example embodiment (Figure 1), the left side shows the solution as applied to an article. Four consumable sections are visible as represented by the four circles. In the example, the application detects that the user reads two sections and automatically marks those as read, indicated by the two solid blue circles. The right side of the diagram shows the display on a subsequent visit to the article. By default, t...