US RE41451 E1
An electronic note taking application is described in which a user may make check box selections on web pages such that certain portions of the web pages are cumulatively collected in a clipboard. As the user navigates through various web pages on a website, the user can make highlighted and checkmark selections in the web pages, which are cumulatively collected for later use and reporting. At the end of a session, the entire selection of selected materials from all web pages during the session can be displayed to the user as a single cohesive document.
1. A web server, comprising:
a web page facility to create web pages of predefined objects designed to be clipped and collected by a user and having check boxes associated with corresponding ones of a least some of the objects on said web pages;
a storage resource to temporarily store portions of selected web pages identified via the user selection indicators as a cumulative list of objects captured while the selected web pages are displayed; and
a compiler to send the user the cumulative list of objects for display in an organized fashion and to collect information associated with historical selection activity of said predefined objects by multiple ones of said users.
2. A web server according to
a session controller that identifies a commencement and termination of a user session employing the server; and
an information capture facility to electronically designate the user identified portions of the selected ones of the web pages.
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said storage resource cooperates with the relational database to correlate user denoted selections in said check boxes with said storage of the corresponding objects displayed in the web pages.
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the storage resource is a database storing each identified portion of each selected web page as a database object.
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the check boxes are displayed adjacent the corresponding objects displayed in the web pages; and
said storage resource further includes a relational database to correlate user denoted selections in said check boxes with said storage of the corresponding objects displayed in the web pages.
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12. A method of clipboarding information from network web pages, comprising:
displaying selected web pages;
providing check boxes graphically associated with data objects displayed on said web pages;
identifying a user entry associated with at least one of said check boxes of at least one of said web pages;
collecting information associated with the identified user entries for each of said selected web pages into a common electronic clipboard; and
displaying in an organized fashion all of the collected information associated with the identified user entries from the common electronic clipboard.
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user enabling the displaying step via a graphical user interface button.
14. A method of clipboarding information from network web pages comprising:
providing a web browser routine operatively associated with a browser displaying a selected one of said network web pages;
graphically pre-identifying multiple discrete pre-defined portions of said at least one web page displayed with corresponding check boxes, said portions being graphically pre-identified prior to being displayed by said browser;
recording user selections of said portions;
collecting the selections into a common electronic clipboard; and
displaying in an organized fashion all of the collected portions from the common electronic clipboard for a user for a session.
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the routine is a plug-in;
the method further maintains an unlimited number of the collected portions over a plurality of sessions of the browser;
the method further stores timestamp and URL information associated with the user selected portions; and
the method further includes the step of at least one of:
sending the timestamp and URL information to a server, or
sending at least an indication of the identified user selected portions to a server.
25. A method of clipboarding information from network web pages, the method being operable in a system in which a computer is operatively connected to a network of computers, said computer including a monitor, an input device, and a web browser, said network including at least one server, the method comprising:
providing said computer with said network web pages, each of said network web pages having been specifically created to include at least one predefined data object for clipping and collection by a user, said providing of said network web pages including providing user-selectable regions/areas associated with and distinct from at least some of said predefined data objects displayed on a displayed network web page;
detecting, at said computer, user selections of more than one of said user-selectable regions/areas;
cumulatively collecting information associated with a plurality of said predefined data objects corresponding to the detected user selections; and
maintaining the collected information in a storage resource for future use.
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recording for future analysis; printing; and emailing.
32. A method of clipboarding information from a web page, the method being operable in a system in which a computer is operatively connected to a network of computers, said computer including a monitor, an input device, and a web browser, said network including at least one server, the method comprising:
providing a web browser routine operatively associated with a browser displaying said web page;
providing said web page, said web page having been created to include multiple discrete pre-defined portions having corresponding user-selectable regions/areas;
graphically pre-identifying said multiple discrete pre-defined portions of said web page displayed with said corresponding user-selectable regions/areas, said pre-defined portions being graphically pre-identified prior to being displayed by said browser; each said user-selectable region/area being distinct from each other user-selectable region/area and being distinct from said corresponding pre-defined portions,
recording information associated with a plurality of user selections of a plurality of said pre-defined portions;
cumulatively collecting the information associated with the plurality of user selections of said plurality of predefined portions; and
maintaining information associated with a plurality of said selections for subsequent use.
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printing said user selections; displaying said user selections; and e-mailing said user selections.
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recording for future analysis; printing; and emailing.
40. A method of clipboarding information from network web pages, the method being operable in a system in which a computer is operatively connected to a network of computers, said computer including a monitor, an input device, and a web browser, said network including at least one server, said information comprising individual search results, the method comprising:
providing said network web pages, each of said network web pages having been specifically created to include at least one predefined data object for clipping and collection by a user;
displaying a plurality of selected network web pages;
providing a predefined clipping function associated with the search results displayed on said network web pages;
identifying user selection actions initiating said predefined clipping function associated with more than one of said search results of at least one of said network web pages;
cumulatively collecting information associated with the identified user search results for each of said selected web pages into a common electronic clipboard; and
displaying all of the collected information associated with the identified user selection actions from the common electronic clipboard.
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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:
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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.
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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.