The assignee for this patent application is Enpulz, L.l.c.
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates generally to network browser; and, more particularly, to an Internet browser capable of searching historical Internet data.
"In the current information age, millions of web pages containing an amazing variety of topics can be viewed using a network browser over the Internet. Commercially available network browsers can display the HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) or XML (Extensible Markup Language) web pages on the computer screen where the web pages contain text and images. The network browser usually contains an address bar wherein a user can type in the required HTML/XML web page or URL address, upon which the web page information is displayed on the browser screen of the client device where IP (Internet protocol) is active. The network browser, with the help of one or more Domain Name Servers (DNS), facilitates the accessing of the web page whose address is keyed in the address bar, and the browser displays the contents of the web page. At present, in addition to this display function, the network browser has provision for storing the history of web pages visited, bookmarking certain web pages, and changing display formats in terms of characters and fonts available. However, while the Internet browser can often track sites visited in the past, there is often no ability for browsing and obtaining old/past/historic information pertaining to an older date, time, or versions of content on the Internet. It is possible to access historical web pages by going through cached or archived sites/links one by one, but the content displayed at that address or location will be the current information and not past information that may have been present at that site. Current browsers do not support an easy and efficient way of viewing this kind of historical Internet data.
"For example, a user may want to know the news that existed on certain old date or past time of a news web site. Do accomplish this, the user gets the display of that site by keying in the web address obtained from a search. But if the user were to browse the news for the next date or next edition, there is no simple feature available in the network browser to present that content at present. The user has to manually open the next searched link by observing the result and it is cumbersome. Also the user cannot easily navigate through different timelines of historic information for that particular web page.
"These and other limitations and deficiencies associated with the related art may be more fully appreciated by those skilled in the art after comparing such related art with various aspects of the present invention as set forth herein with reference to the figures."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The present invention is directed to apparatus and methods of operation that are further described in the following Brief Description of the Drawings, the Detailed Description of the Invention, and the claims. Other features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description of the invention made with reference to the accompanying drawings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 is a schematic block/step diagram illustrating an Internet infrastructure comprising a search server, web servers, historical data repository, and a client device in which a web browser supports searching of historical Internet data;
"FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram illustrating components of the search server, which includes a historical data repository, and shows their interaction with a client device shown in FIG. 1;
"FIG. 3 is a diagram illustrating a client device network browser that has a historical Internet toolbar with various options;
"FIG. 4A is a diagram of a client device network browser that has options for performing historical Internet data searches using the historical Internet data toolbar;
"FIG. 4B is a diagram of the client device network browser that has options for performing historical Internet data searches using different timeline data and/or different versions data/indicators;
"FIG. 5 is a diagram of a client device network browser showing popup window(s) for timeline searching for different versions of historical Internet content;
"FIG. 6 is a diagram illustrating a screen shot for downloading and installing a historical Internet data toolbar;
"FIG. 7 is a method flow diagram illustrating how a user of the client device may utilize the search service of a network browser;
"FIG. 8 is a flow diagram illustrating various steps that a network browser undergoes during a historical Internet data search;
"FIG. 9 is a method flow diagram illustrating various steps that a network browser uses to search different versions of historical Internet data and/or different timelines of those versions; and
"FIG. 10 is a method flow diagram illustrating various steps that network browser uses to search different timelines of historical Internet data and/or different versions of the timed window data."
For more information, see this patent application: Bennett, James D. Network Browser Supporting Historical Content Viewing. Filed
Keywords for this news article include: Enpulz L.l.c., Information Technology, Information and Data Aggregation.
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