|Publication number||USRE41451 E1|
|Application number||US 11/324,117|
|Publication date||Jul 20, 2010|
|Filing date||Jan 3, 2006|
|Priority date||Mar 29, 2000|
|Also published as||US6675213|
|Publication number||11324117, 324117, US RE41451 E1, US RE41451E1, US-E1-RE41451, USRE41451 E1, USRE41451E1|
|Inventors||Robert J. Schmonsees|
|Original Assignee||Schmonsees Robert J|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (5), Classifications (11), Legal Events (7)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to information capturing and storage and more particularly to data retrieval, capturing, formatting, storage, display, and reporting on selected data and information from multiple web pages by a user.
The present invention addresses the problems associated with conveniently retrieving and storing information from web pages such as may be retrieved from the Internet. Currently, one can go on to the World Wide Web and retrieve information in the form of web pages (which is commonly formatted in the so-called HTML data format). It is common for a user who is investigating a particular subject on the World Wide Web to encounter a website having multiple web pages, describing, each depicting, and illustrating multiple and various aspects of the chosen subject matter. A common problem arises in that the user who is researching the subject matter finds the information available to them both overwhelming and not organized the way the user wants. That is, although the information on one particular web page may be organized in and of itself, portions of the information on that web page may be irrelevant to the user, portions may be cumulative to information previously seen by, or not relevant to, the user, and the information will rarely have an organizational structure associated with any other web page previously seen by the user.
A common method of navigating the World Wide Web when doing subject matter research is unfortunately to printout print out all web pages encountered so the user can, after the navigation session ends, sort and organize the various web pages printed out into some sort of coherent structure for use in the research. This process is time consuming and unnecessarily paper consuming.
The technology presently exists to call up a web page in a web browser, highlight a portion of text in the web page and copy that portion onto the clipboard feature of a locally running operating system or computer application. However, if one wishes to create accumulation of text portions from a variety of web pages at a variety of web links, the user must access the first web page, highlight a first portion of the first web page, copy the portion to the local clipboard, open a local application such as a word processing application, paste the clipboarded portion into a document of the word processing application, and then repeat the entire process for all of the remaining portions of all the remaining web pages of all of the remaining websites. In the end, the user will have the document in the word processing application (or other such similar application) that contains accumulation of the desired subject matter clips. There is are, however, a variety of different problems associated with that procedure. First, the procedure is extremely tedious and cumbersome in highlighting, clipboarding, and pasting so many different portions of so many different web pages since the user must constantly flip back and forth between the web page browser, and local word processing application to cut and paste the various portions of the web pages desired. In addition, the portions of the web pages may not necessarily be in formats conducive to pasting into the particular application (such as the word processing application or other such application) being employed. Third, the highlight, cut and paste procedure is not simple and user friendly.
The present invention provides a cumulative note taking feature, sometimes referred to herein by the nomenclature eNotes, which allows a user to identify portions of a web page that the user wishes to collect, and automatically collects and cumulates the portions into a clipboard upon a particular prompt. The accumulation of clipped portions can be printed out or emailed to the user when they indicate that they are finished with the web page.
In accordance with the present invention, the identification of the portions can be performed locally at a user workstation by a local application interacting with an eNotes enabled eNotes-enabled web page downloaded to the browser of the local workstation. The organization of the eNote portions are performed at a server such that the identification of selected portions by any particular user or by an accumulation of users can be monitored.
These and other objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will now be described in conjunction with the drawings in which:
As shown in
The memory 20 includes different allocated storage area including a storage area for the application 22, information created or downloaded by the user in information storage 24 and information temporarily stored to clipboard storage 26. When the user of the workstation 10 sends the copy request from the workstation to the processor 18, the application processing 18 under the instruction of the application loaded in application storage 22 reads the select information from the information storage 24 and overwrites the information into the clipboard storage 26. The application processing 18 uses the clipboard storage 26 as a temporary storage of information for the user. Thus, for example, if the user is viewing a web page loaded in information storage 24, the user could select a portion of that web page, and request the application processing element 18 to temporarily load that information into the clipboard storage 26 of the memory 20. The user could then paste the clipboarded information into some other application as desired. When the user next request requests a copy of new web page information, the application processing element 18 will overwrite that new information into clipboard storage 26, thus losing the originally clipboarded information. In other words, in known clipboard functions, the user must copy the information from the clipboard into information storage 24 under some other application (such as a word processing application, etc.) or the user will lose the clipboarded information during the next overwrite.
On the other hand, the present invention provides a cumulative note taking function that operates under very user friendly processes.
With the embodiment of
Of course, the format of the web page or the kinds of information displayed may be entirely different and still be within the course of the present invention. The example of
When the user is finished viewing the page, the user clicks the enable ENotes icon 60 in order to inform the server 32 (
While the invention has been described in connection with what is presently considered to be the most practical and preferred embodiment, it is to be understood that the invention is not to be limited to the disclosed embodiment, but on the contrary, is intended to cover various modifications and equivalent arrangements included within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||709/225, 709/203, 709/226, 709/227, 715/764|
|International Classification||G06F17/30, G06F15/173|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10S707/99945, Y10S707/99948, G06F17/30861|
|Aug 13, 2010||AS||Assignment|
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|Oct 7, 2010||AS||Assignment|
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