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Patent Application Titled "Web Browser Adapted to Invoker" Published Online

June 19, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Balasubramanian, Swaminathan (Southfield, MI); Hamilton, Rick A. (Charlottesville, VA); O'Connell, Brian M. (Cary, NC); Walker, Keith R. (Austin, TX), filed on November 26, 2012, was made available online on June 5, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is International Business Machines Corporation.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Much of today's communications, entertainment, and information search and retrieval activities involve the Internet, a global network of computers, communications links, and protocols. Web browser applications were originally designed as user-friendly portals to the Internet's resources and functionality that facilitated Internet navigation and information search, but have since evolved into more sophisticated and complex software applications. Web browser applications now incorporate sophisticated security and multimedia rendering functions (video, audio, imaging, etc.) and enable a user to navigate and interact dynamically with connected web sites and other Internet users.

"Web browsers can be invoked by applications (e.g., word processors, email applications, instant messaging, etc.) or by an operating system to render content or to provide functionality. The invocation of browsers may occur via the activation of anchor links (hyperlinks) that are often embedded in Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) documents (web pages) and other displayed material. Hyperlinks may display as highlighted or underlined text to a user but can contain embedded uniform resource locators or URLs, which are the addresses of Internet resources on the World Wide Web, e.g., a web page that is on a web site. When a user activates a hyperlink, often by clicking on the hyperlink with a mouse, a web browser is invoked and passed a URL that is embedded in the hyperlink as a parameter during the invocation. A prefix to the URL is a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) which specifies how the URL is interpreted. A common URI contains a character string 'http' which identifies the URL as a resource to be retrieved over the Hypertex Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Other common prefixes are 'https' (for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure), 'ftp' (for File Transfer Protocol), and 'file' (for files that are stored locally on a user's computer). If a URL points to a web site, which is often a case, the web browser uses the URL to access the web site and render content at the web site in accordance with the configuration that a user has assigned to the web browser.

"A web browser's configuration describes the optional behaviors available to the web browser and is often stored in a web browser configuration table that is accessed by the web browser during each invocation of the web browser. For example, often a web browser may be configured to display or to not display images, to enable or to disable JavaScript.RTM. scripting language execution, to use a specific search engine, to block accesses to specific web sites, to remember web site passwords, to use a specific application to play video or to play audio, or to use a specific Internet connection, among other options. A web browser's configuration remains constant until changed by a user."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Exemplary embodiments of the present invention disclose a method and system for configuring a web browser executing in a computer to render a web page for display at the computer. A first hyperlink request is received from a first program executing in the computer to obtain and render a first web page corresponding to the first hyperlink. In response, the web browser obtains the first web page, and renders the first web page according to a first set of web page configuration parameters. A second hyperlink request is received from a second program executing in the computer to obtain and render a second web page corresponding to the second hyperlink. In response, the web browser obtains the second web page, and renders the second web page according to a second set of web page configuration parameters that differs in part from the first set of web page configuration parameters.


"FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a web browser on a computing system, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 2 is a diagram of a web browser control program in operation, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 3 depicts a block diagram of components of a computing device, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention."

For more information, see this patent application: Balasubramanian, Swaminathan; Hamilton, Rick A.; O'Connell, Brian M.; Walker, Keith R. Web Browser Adapted to Invoker. Filed November 26, 2012 and posted June 5, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: International Business Machines Corporation.

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