KR101225292B1 - Method and apparatus for enhanced browsing - Google Patents

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KR101225292B1
KR101225292B1 KR1020077009663A KR20077009663A KR101225292B1 KR 101225292 B1 KR101225292 B1 KR 101225292B1 KR 1020077009663 A KR1020077009663 A KR 1020077009663A KR 20077009663 A KR20077009663 A KR 20077009663A KR 101225292 B1 KR101225292 B1 KR 101225292B1
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스콧 밀레너
웬델 브라운
제임스 켈리
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A method and apparatus for enhanced browsing is provided. The device provides an enhanced browsing window that includes content identified by a link in a page displayed by a browser. The apparatus includes a fetcher for fetching / prefetching content and a cache for storing the window. The device may also include an advertising interface for searching for advertisements to be displayed with the content. The apparatus also provides a central server for exchanging data related to user browsing operations, for facilitating identification of links on browsed pages, and for prioritizing links for prefetching of identified data. It may include an interface to a. When the first page is displayed in the browser, the content identified by the link to the second page is fetched, and an enhanced browsing window is constructed that is not initially shown. When the user mouses over the link, or the icon associated with it, a window is automatically displayed and the user can navigate the displayed content.

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METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCED BROWSING}

The present invention relates to the field of computer systems. More specifically, methods and apparatus are provided for improving the quality and efficiency of a user's browsing experience.

Today's browsers provide nonstandard browsing to users. Because their focus is limited to one single web page at any given time. In particular, browsers generally display only one page, which may include hyperlinks to any number of other pages or sites. By the browser, the user cannot see what is on the linked page until he or she points the browser to the linked page (eg by selecting a hyperlink). Only then can the user determine whether the page contains anything of interest. Otherwise, in order to return to another possible branching point, he must go back again (eg by clicking on the “back” button).

This pattern of selecting a link to a new page, reviewing its contents, and selecting a link on the page can continue to any number of levels, all of which must go back to return to the starting point. Is the number of times. When the starting point is a list of links to a web site or page (such as a search engine site), or a list of links to a product or service (such as a retailer or auction site), the user most closely matches his or her interests. With the hope of finding content, you have to traverse multiple chains of linked pages and keep returning to the starting point.

In addition, when the user selects a link to navigate to the corresponding page, the browser then retrieves the content of the page. Depending on the bandwidth, or type, of the communication link available to the user, and depending on the starting point and the status of the target web site (e.g., the degree of congestion of the web server), a significant time lag may occur before the target page is fully displayed. lag) may be present. When a user accesses multiple pages during a search session using a search engine, or a retailer / auction site, a lot of time can be wasted because of the combined time delay. Users who want to review a few links, or pages quickly, may be disappointed by the response time of their browser. And if an error occurs while attempting to load the page, the user will have to reload several times until it succeeds or gives up.

In addition, the user receives little help while navigating multiple chains of linked pages. For example, when a user browses through a number of chains from a search results page provided by a search engine, the user can traverse a page that is not completely in line with his or her interest, and if no better page is found, Investigations may be conducted. In the past, users had to remember how the user reached the page (e.g., the sequence of links the user chose to reach the page), or had to add a bookmark to their browser. Remembering the sequence of links becomes more and more difficult as they get longer. And accumulating favorites that have no interest or only a little interest makes it difficult to manage.

In one embodiment of the present invention, a method and apparatus for enhanced browsing of electronic data is provided. In one embodiment, the first page (eg, web page, image, e-mail message) displayed in the browser includes a link from the first page to the second page. An enhanced browsing window that includes content from the second page is constructed and may be cached, but not initially visible.

Content may be augmented by one or more advertisements related to the content or presumed to be of interest to the user. The enhanced browsing window is automatically displayed when the user mouses over a link to a second page, an icon, or a status indicator associated with the link, or shows interest in the link.

When the user expresses interest in the content, the content may be fetched or pre-fetched to be used to fill the enhanced browsing window. Content from any number of pages linked to the first page may be fetched or prefetched, and the links may be prioritized to determine the order of content search. In this embodiment, the actual content of the linked page can be retrieved (eg, not just the image of the content).

On the first page, a status indicator, or icon, can be located near some or all of the links to other pages. The icon may be configured to indicate the status of content fetching / prefetching from the linked page, or the status of the content. For example, to indicate whether a link has been identified for prefetching, if a search or prefetching is in progress, or if the search is complete, if prefetching is delayed or interrupted, or if the linked content cannot be retrieved, etc. To this end, different icons may be used, or the outward appearance of one icon may be changed. Or whether the linked content is consistent with the content previously viewed, or if the content poses a security risk (eg, includes a virus or spyware), or if the content took an extended time to load, or the content An icon associated with the link may be configured to indicate whether the objection is inappropriate (eg, pornography). The icon may be activated as a control to facilitate access to the content, or may be activated to compose enhanced browsing.

The enhanced browsing window may be 75% of the size of the browser window, and may be located anywhere on top of the qfkdnwj, and when the window is opened, the cursor may move to a position inside the window. When the cursor is moved out of the window, the enhanced browsing window may be closed. If the user mouses over another link on the first page, another window may open with other content. If the user has selected (eg, by clicking on a user interface control), the first page (in the browser) can be replaced by the page displayed in the enhanced browsing window. The content identified by the link in the enhanced browsing window can be prefetched so that the user can enjoy multiple levels of enhanced browsing.

In one embodiment of the invention, an enhanced browsing device includes a fetcher for fetching (or prefetching) content identified by a link of a page displayed by a browser, and a window generator for generating or displaying an enhanced browsing window. And a cache for storing the enhanced browsing window. The apparatus may also include an advertising interface for searching for advertisements for inclusion in the window, for exchanging data about user browsing operations, for facilitating identification of links on the page, and for identifying the identified data. In order to prioritize links for fetching, it may include an interface to a particular server. The enhanced browsing device may be implemented using a browser, or graphical user interface, and may receive user input from a pointing device (eg, a mouse controlling a cursor), a keyboard, or other device.

1 is a block diagram illustrating an enhanced browsing device according to one embodiment of the present invention.

2 illustrates a reinforced browsing window according to one embodiment of the present invention.

3 is a flow chart experimenting with a method for providing enhanced browsing in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

4 is a flow chart experimenting with a method for prefetching target content according to one embodiment of the present invention.

5 illustrates a method of using a reinforced browsing row, or stripe, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

6 is a navigation tree for facilitating user navigation of browsed or retrieved content according to one embodiment of the present invention.

7 illustrates a reinforced browsing window according to an alternative embodiment of the present invention.

8 illustrates an icon representing a state of target content, or target content search, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

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In one embodiment of the present invention, a method and apparatus for enhanced browsing of electronic data is provided. The user browses or navigates his browser to a first electronic page (eg, web page, document, email message) that contains one or more links or references to other pages. )do. When the user selects a link or icon to a second page or an indicator associated with the link (eg, by mouse-over, or by hovering the cursor), the second page An enhanced browsing window, or frame, containing the content of is displayed at the top or front of the browser.

In this embodiment, the enhanced browsing window includes the actual content from the second page, such as HyperText Markup Language (HTML), rather than an image of the content (eg, a gif, or jpg image). The content of the second page can be prefetched before the user selects a preview, so that the enhanced browsing window can be displayed as soon as the user selects a link to the second page. The content of the window can change each time the user mouses over another link, and a separate enhanced browsing window can be created for each link.

For the purpose of describing embodiments of the present invention, a "link" that identifies or is associated with data that may be retrieved or pre-fetched may be in any form, such as graphics, text, or the like. Can be taken. Thus, a link can include any object (such as an icon), or information implemented by a link (such as a hyperlink), or a reference to other electronic data or content.

An apparatus for providing enhanced browsing may include various program modules that may be written in software or coded in firmware using any suitable programming language. The device includes an enhanced browsing window, a graphical user interface to provide controls associated with the enhanced browsing, a cache for caching content for display to the window, and fetching the content. A fetcher, or prefetcher. The device may also include one or more interfaces to perform advertisements for display in the enhanced browsing window and to store data describing the user's viewing activity. To facilitate enhanced browsing, one such interface connects the enhanced browsing device to a central server. The device may be a plug-in to an existing browser (eg, Internet Explorer, Firefox), or a plug-in to another application (eg, Microsoft Outlook), or a complete browser (or other Other applications).

The content of the second page displayed in the enhanced browsing window can be augmented with advertisements, especially brightness associated with the content. For example, if the content is analyzed to determine the theme or characteristic of the second page, or if the link from the data is searched includes a search result list, the advertisement is based on the search criteria that generated the search result. Can be selected. In one implementation of this embodiment of the invention, an advertisement retrieved as part of the content of the second page may be replaced with another advertisement. In addition, the content for the enhanced browsing window can be checked for security purposes (eg, to detect viruses, spyware, etc.). Details of the enhanced browsing embodiment of the present invention are provided in the following sections.

In another embodiment of the present invention, the content of the page linked to the browsed web page (or other content) is pre-fetched for viewing into the enhanced browsing window. Various methods, or heuristics, can be applied to determine which linked page, or content, is fetched or pre-fetched. For example, when a user's browser displays a page of search results from a search engine (e.g. google.com, yahoo.com), the linked page, or some or all of the content (e.g. Pre-fetching is done automatically for web pages or sites that may have relevant information. Similarly, when a browser displays a list of links to a seller or a product or service for sale from an auction site (e.g., amazon.com, ebay.com), the linked item may be used to pre-register the content. Fetching can be started automatically.

As soon as the browser receives or displays the main browser page, pre-fetching can be initiated. Thus, the pre-fetching can be done simultaneously with the linked page, the page of content, or the user review of the list. Thus, the content (or other content) can be pre-fetched even before the user selects a link to the content he or she wishes to view. Pre-fetched content (or content to be pre-fetched) can be scanned for viruses, spyware, adware, pornography, or other undesirable content (or code). An icon, or other indicator, can be associated with the link, and can be configured to indicate the state of retrieval, or pre-fetching, of the content through the link.

In implementations of this embodiment of the invention, the choice of what is pre-fetched may be determined based on the font size of the link, or the location of the link on the browser page, or the location of the link in the link list. Further details on the pre-fetching of this embodiment of the present invention are provided in the following sections.

In another embodiment of the present invention, a mechanism is provided for maintaining a user function for enjoying an enhanced browsing operation while scrolling through a list of links (eg, hyperlinks). In one implementation of this embodiment, graphical stripes, or columns, overlap the list. Such stripes may be arranged as borders, or edges (or adjacents thereof) of the reinforced browsing window. The link list can be expanded to multiple pages, or screens, and the stripe is configured to expand as the list is scrolled for viewing. As the user moves the user interface cursor along the stripe (eg, up / down or left / right) or within the stripe, the user may scroll through the list. While navigating within the stripe, the content represented by the link is previewed or displayed in the enhanced browsing window.

Also, while navigating within the stripe, for lists that are too long to be fully displayed in the browser, the content of the browser is scrolled as the cursor is placed near the border of the main browser. As the cursor intersects or aligns with the link, the content from the link can be displayed in the enhanced browsing window, or a separate window for each link can be opened or closed. Thus, in this embodiment of the present invention, the user can very quickly skim the contents of some or all links in the list. Details of this browsing stripe of the present invention are provided in the next section.

In an alternative implementation of this embodiment of the present invention, while the enhanced browsing window is open to the first page of content, for a quick exchange of the current content of the window with content from other links in the series of links, Operate the mouse wheel or provide other control inputs (eg, arrow keys, or page-up / page-down keys). For example, a mouse wheel is operated while the cursor is located at an icon associated with a link to a first page, or adjacent to an indicator (eg, at the top or while neighboring). When the scroll wheel is rotated, the cursor moves to the icon associated with the next link, and the page containing the link can also be scrolled.

In another embodiment of the present invention, the device provides a graphical depiction of the user's navigation or view of content (eg, web pages, documents, e-mail messages). The representation may be rendered as a vertical or horizontal tree, where each node of the tree corresponds to one item (eg, web page, image, document), or one set of items.

In one embodiment of the invention, when a user initiates a new search (e.g., a search on a search engine, or a site that provides a product or service) and a page of search results is displayed in the user's browser, The root of the tree is created. When the user navigates to the page linked to the current page (eg the search result), a new node in the tree is created and linked to the previous node. By selecting additional links, more nodes are added as the user navigates further away. To quickly move back in the user's search, the user can click on the node to return to the corresponding content. The user can then choose to point to different paths. Similarly, the user can quickly navigate to any other content that appears in the tree by selecting the appropriate node.

The user can mark the node by changing the outward (eg, color, size, pattern) of the node, which facilitates the user to return to a particular page. Further details of this embodiment of the invention are provided in the following sections.

Enhanced Browsing ( Enhanced Browsing )

1 illustrates an apparatus for enhanced browsing of electronic data, according to one embodiment of the present invention. In the illustrated embodiment, the device is configured as a plug-in or add-on to a web browser such as Internet Explorer from Microsoft Corporation, or Firfox from Mozilla Foundation, or Netscape Communicator from Netscape Communications Corporation, or the like. . In another implementation, the device may be provided as a separate application, or as part of a browser, or as a plug-in or add-on to various other types of applications (eg, email, simple messages, databases).

The term “target link” can be used to refer to a link having content that can be selected to be searched for display in an enhanced browsing window. Similarly, the term “target content” can be used to refer to content that can be searched for display using pre-fetching (or not using pre-fetching).

The enhanced browsing device 102 actually operates on any type of computing device (eg, computer, PDA, web-enabled phone), and the user interface 104, content fetcher, or content fetcher prefetcher. 106, a cache 108, a server interface 110, and an optional central server interface 112. The device is connected to the host browser similarly to other plug-in devices.

The enhanced browsing device 102 is connected to a web site, a web page, a document, an e-mail message, a computer system including other electronic data, content, or a network. The device may be connected to this object via any type of communication link that is shared (eg, network) or dedicated, and wireless or wired. In particular, the device 102 may be connected to a central server, and to facilitate enhanced browsing, the central server may be connected to a database, or to a collection of other data, as described later. Content accessed through the enhanced browsing device 102 may be stored on the same computing device as the device.

The user interface 104 is configured to assemble, display, and manipulate the enhanced browsing window. In addition, the user interface provides any number and type of controls such that a user can navigate or manipulate content within a window, such as buttons, icons, toolbars, and the like, and keyboard input (eg, CTRL, or ALT key, up arrow and down arrow keys, key sequence using page-up and page-down keys).

By various controls, the user can initiate or end the fetching, or pre-fetching, of the target content, open and close the enhanced browsing window, and, for example, point the browser to the page displayed in the enhanced browsing window. Thereby navigating the browser to retrieve content, fetching content that links to content displayed in the enhanced browsing window, replacing content displayed in the enhanced browsing window with other content, and displaying the displayed content. You can replace the window with any other window.

In particular, the user interface 104 may provide controls, menus, or other means that allow a user to customize the enhanced browsing device and change the way of operation. Customization options can include the size, location of the enhanced browsing window, the number of target links (eg, 0, total, 10, 20) that can fetch content at one time, how to identify, or prioritize, target links, specific users Default actions in response to activity (eg, when a user clicks on a link in the window, or displayed target content), a length of delay time that the enhanced browsing window is opened, closed, or changed.

In one embodiment of the invention, when the target content is retrieved, the interface 104 builds an enhanced browsing window, but the user is interested in the target link associated with it, or an indicator (such as an icon) associated with the link. The window remains invisible until shown (eg, until mouse-over). The window can then be shown. Invisible windows may be stored in the cache 108.

The content prefetcher 106 may fetch content from appropriate sources (eg, web sites, databases, document repositories, email gateways) based on default criteria, or user specific criteria. For example, immediately after the browser loads or displays a page containing one or more target links, content pre-fetcher 106 may begin pre-fetching the target content, thereby allowing the user to examine the page. It can take advantage of the communication bandwidth while it is idle. Content from a particular link may be fetched in response to a designated user input (eg, an ALT click on the link, or an ALT-mouse-over, or a status indicator associated with it).

In an embodiment of the invention, when a user mouses over, shows interest in a link, or shows interest in a target link, or an indicator (eg, an icon) associated with the target link, the content pre-fetcher 106. ) May fetch, or pre-fetch, the target content. As will be explained in the next section, the indicator associated with the target link may be fetched (by user interface 104), or the state of pre-fetching (eg started, in progress, completed, stopped, unlinked), or It may be configured to indicate the status of the content (eg, already spring, contains viruses, contains spyware, contains sexually explicit material).

The content pre-fetcher 106, or other components of the enhanced browsing device 102 (eg, individual target identification modules) can be configured to identify the target link. As will be explained in the following section, a prefetch template can be used to identify the target link in some web pages, or other content. In short, a prefetch template is designed for a particular page (or set of pages) and may represent a page where a target link (or set of target links, such as a list of search results) can be found. Alternatively, any list of links, or a set of links arranged in list format, can be treated as a target link.

Meanwhile, the target link may be selected and prioritized (eg, according to a default rule or template by the user) before the target content is retrieved. Rules for prioritizing target links are discussed below, which can be done based on the order of the links in the list of search results, their position on the page, font size, and the like.

According to any priority assigned to a particular target link, content associated with it is retrieved by the content pre-fetcher 106. In response to the search for the target content, the user interface 104, or other component of the device 102, constructs an enhanced browsing window for the content.

Not all embodiments of the invention require pre-fetching, or pre-fetch status indication. While prefetching content can improve a user's browsing speed and preview speed of the content, there may be other advantages of the present invention without pre-fetching the content.

For example, it may be desirable to detect undesirable content (eg, spyware, viruses, pornography) regardless of whether the content is pre-fetched or directly fetched. Alternatively, the user may know that it is desirable to be able to remind whether the user has already viewed the content, stored a target link in the favorites list, or determined or indicated whether the content is unwanted.

Cache 108 may store a target link, or target content, or a pre-fetch template, or an enhanced browsing window, or user history (eg, a sequence of sites browsed or previewed), or other data. One or more caches. In the embodiment of the present invention shown in FIG. 1, the cache used by the enhanced browsing device 102 is separate from any cache maintained by the browser. The cache 108 need not be included in all embodiments of the present invention, or the functionality of the cache may be performed by other components of the device 102.

In embodiments of the present invention, one or more advertisements may be accompanied when the target content is displayed in the enhanced browsing window. The search for an advertisement is managed by the server interface 110. The ad server interface interacts with any number of ad sources (eg, advertisers, media organizations), or central server 120. For example, when an advertisement is needed, the advertisement server interface 110 may communicate with the central server 120 to determine which advertisement will be retrieved. The ad server interface may then contact the appropriate source to obtain an ad or retrieve it from a central server. The same advertisement may be displayed in the enhanced browsing window opened for different target links, in particular all target links representing one browser page.

To match or reflect the target content within the enhanced browsing window, the advertisement may be content-based or may be matched to a main browser page that includes an associated target link. For example, if the target link on the main browser page includes a list of search results, a search word that generates the search results may be used to select the advertisement. The advertisement selection may thus be made by the device 102, or the central server 120, or some other entity (eg, advertisement source), or a combination thereof. In another embodiment of the present invention, the ad server interface 110 may be optional, and its functionality may be performed by another component of the device 102.

Central server 120 maintains a database (or collection of other pre-fetch templates), or user actions (eg, navigational activities, or patterns), pre-fetch, or priority heuristics, or other data. Manage. In particular, the central server may be configured to provide, from the user's enhanced browsing device, information (or other content) related to a web page accessed by the user, a link from which the page is selected for browsing or previewing, and browsing Order can be collected.

This information can be used to help generate a pre-fetch template for prioritizing (or for other purposes) pre-fetching. For example, by assembling information from many users' enhanced browsing devices on a central server 120, the most popular links of the content they have viewed are determined for pre-fetching and prioritized. Can be converted. Some or all of this data may be replicated on the enhanced browsing device 102 and shared with the device 102.

The central server 120 may also be a source of advertisements and content for display in the enhanced browsing window. The central server may be operated by an organization providing the enhanced browser device 102, or by various other organizations.

The optional central server interface 112 can communicate with the central server 120 to access the central server and share data with the central server. Thus, the central server interface sends information related to the user's activity (for example, visited sites, clicked links, search words used) to the central server, and useful information for identifying or prioritizing target links (eg, pre-fetch templates). , User's preferred link, or analysis of content).

In yet another embodiment, the enhanced browsing device may include more or fewer components, or the functionality of the aforementioned components may be distributed in many different ways. For example, an enhanced browsing device includes components for scanning pre-fetched content for viruses, pornography (or other inappropriate content for certain users), spyware, adware, and other malware. can do.

One alternative embodiment of the invention may be implemented without the pre-fetcher 106, or the cache 108. In such an embodiment, when a user browses a first page, mouse-overs or hovers over a link to, or a control (such as an icon) associated with the link, the enhanced A browsing window may still be displayed with the content from the second page, but the content may not be retrieved until mouse-over. The device can then use a cache of the browser, or some other cache already available on the user's computing device.

2 illustrates a reinforced browsing window according to one embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 2, browser 200 (eg, Microsoft Internet Explorer) is opened to first page 202, which includes a list 204 of links (eg, 204a-204i). The link 204 may include any type of link to any type of content as a result of this example's findings, or other implementations. The content identified by or associated with the link 204 may or may not be interrelated. For example, if a link includes the results of one search operation, such as link 204 on page 202, the content may be said to be related to each other.

The enhanced browsing window 210 is positioned so that the user can see the link 204 portion. However, in other implementations, window 210 may further cover (or less cover) link 204. Alternatively, some or all of the window 210 may be made partially or entirely transparent so that some or all of the content of the browser page 202 can be shown even when the window 210 is displayed. As mentioned above, the enhanced browsing window 210 may be built and cached before being displayed.

In the embodiment of the present invention shown in FIG. 2, the user mouses over a link (e.g., link 204i) corresponding to the content 212 of the enhanced browsing window, or a control (e.g., icon, indicator) associated with the link. When over, the window is displayed automatically and quickly. The size and position of window 210 may be adjustable by the user, but there may be a limit to the user's ability to resize or reposition the window.

In addition, the advertising frame 220 is located in the reinforced browsing window 210. The advertising frame may be arranged at any location or along any corner of the window. For example, an advertisement received with content 212 from the location identified by link 204c may be moved or relocated prior to display of the content within window 210.

In order to fit more completely or more easily inside the window 210, the font size of the content 212 can be reduced and a scroll bar (eg scroll bar 214) is provided to allow the user to scroll vertically or horizontally. Can be performed. When the user clicks (eg, left-clicks) inside the window 210, the page 202 of the browser 200 may be replaced with the page or content displayed in the enhanced browsing window. The user can simply move the cursor outside of the enhanced browsing window (eg anywhere within the browser page 202), or take any other action (eg, right-click inside the enhanced browsing window). By doing so, the window 210 can be closed.

In one embodiment of the present invention, a selectable tab or drop-down menu 230 is located adjacent to or within the enhanced browsing window 210. By clicking on the tab 230, the user can customize the enhanced browsing window, or one or more features of the device, such as the size of the window 210, the length of time the user stays on the link until the window is opened, and the degree of transparency. The menu opens. Alternatively, menus or controls for custom adjustment of the user's enhanced browsing may be located somewhere other than inside the enhanced browsing window 210 or may be invoked by specific commands or user interface input.

In other embodiments of the invention, other user interface controls, or options may be provided. For example, when a user clicks or mouses over a link within an enhanced browsing window, or clicks inside a window except the link portion, while the content of the first link is being previewed. A set of controls may be provided for specifying how the browsing device powered by the user when taking a mouse-over to a second target link operates.

In one implementation, a button, or control (eg, “load”, “pre-fetch content from all links”) is provided with an enhanced browsing window, so that the user can view the target content, or target page, as a browser. May be specifically requested to be loaded into, or to pre-fetch content, or to take some other action. For example, the “hold” button allows the user to keep the enhanced browsing window open with his current content, regardless of the mouse movement that follows, which allows the user to “hold off” Button until you select it or click inside the window.

Another button or control is provided so that the user can immediately return to the most recent search result. For example, each time a user initiates a search, a "Back to Search Result" button may be configured using the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of the search result. Then, until the user initiates a new search, the user can select a button to return to the most recent result located in the user's browser, or the enhanced browsing window.

7 illustrates a reinforced browsing window according to another embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 7, an enhanced browser window 710 is used to preview content in an e-mail application (such as Microsoft Outlook).

In the illustrated embodiment, when the e-mail message 702 is displayed, the content identified by or associated with the link (eg, link 704) included in the message may be pre-fetched. . Thus, content 712 in the enhanced browsing window 710 includes content retrieved from the location identified by the link 704. The enhanced browsing window also includes an advertisement frame 720 that can provide an advertisement associated with the content 712 or the message 702.

In yet another implementation, an enhanced browsing window may be used to preview the content of an e-mail message, such as a message folder window 706, which is listed or indexed.

3 illustrates a method of enhanced browsing according to one embodiment of the present invention. This method may be implemented using the device 102 of FIG. 1 and thus is implemented on a client computing device of a user equipped with a browser.

In step 302, the user's browser is opened at a web page, or a collection of other content that may be considered a “browser page” to be distinguished from a page herein, or target content displayed in an enhanced browsing window. .

In step 304, the enhanced browsing device applies a default, or custom rule to locate the target link on the browser page. Any number of additional target links may also be identified. For example, the device may automatically locate all the links on the browser page and treat them as target links. Or, to identify the link that most closely resembles the user's interest, the device may apply a pre-fetched template that is tailored to the browser page.

The pre-fetch template may be stored (or cached) in the enhanced browsing device, or stored on a central server for retrieval by the device when or before a browser page is opened. In another alternative, the template, or other information, for identifying (or prioritizing) a target link may be retrieved from the same server as the server that handles the browser page, or may be received as part of the browser page. have.

In step 306, the content associated with the target link is pre-fetched. The target content may include all or part of a web page, document, image, or other data identified by a target link. Thus, the target content may include HTML, XML, or other mark-up language, and this embodiment of the present invention does not include only the image of the content. As will be seen in the following, since the actual content is pre-fetched, it can be provided in a readable and understandable manner and can be navigated (eg, including a link). In particular, the pre-fetched content will not be provided as a “thumbnail”, or other non-readable image.

One or more advertisements may also be retrieved for display with the target content. As mentioned above, the advertisement may be retrieved from any suitable advertisement source and may be selected based on the target content, the browser page, the search word entered by the user, the user's browsing history, or other information.

In another embodiment of the invention, the target link, or a status indicator associated with the target link, changes outward (eg, design, color, size, underline, thickness) to indicate when the target content is pre-fetched. Can be. In one embodiment, the target link may first be a first color (eg light blue) and then change to another color (eg dark blue) after the target content is fetched. Multiple color patterns can be used to change colors quickly and easily.

In another embodiment, which will be described in the next section, the status indicator associated with the target link is turned outward to indicate the status of pre-fetching of content from the modified (eg, disclosed, completed, failed) target link. Change it.

After the content for the target link has been pre-fetched, when the user navigates the browser to the link (e.g., by clicking on the link), the content is stored in the cache of the enhanced browsing device (or in which the content is stored). Can be loaded immediately from anywhere). Thus, even when not using the enhanced browsing window for previewing content, the user's browsing work is enhanced.

In step 308, an enhanced browsing window is constructed and filled with the target content and any advertisements retrieved to accompany the content. The content may be resized or may retain its full size, in which case a scroll bar may be provided for vertical or horizontal scrolling. In various other implementations of this embodiment of the invention, advertisements received as part of the target content may be retained, deleted, or replaced.

In one implementation, when target content from multiple target links is pre-fetched, augmented browser window may be generated (but not displayed) for any number of links. Thus, if the content is pre-fetched for 50 target links, initially an enhanced browsing window may be generated for any number of target links, 0-50. The window can be created for the rest (eg, after the user starts previewing content).

In step 310, the enhanced browsing window is cached without being displayed. By configuring the window before it is displayed, the enhanced browsing window can be provided immediately when the user indicates that he or she is interested in the target link. In the method of FIG. 3, a separate enhanced browsing window is configured and cached for each target link with pre-fetched content. Thus, steps 304-310 can be repeated by any number of target links.

In step 312, the enhanced browsing device detects a user mouse-over, or other selection of the target link. Passing when a user interface cursor (eg, mouse cursor, cursor, or selector controlled by the TAB key) appears over, or adjacent to, a target link, or a control (eg, an icon, a status indicator) associated with the target link. In order to do this, a specified period of time (eg 1 second) may be required before the window containing the target content is switched to the visible state. This time period may be adjustable by the user. For example, when a user uses a keyboard (instead of a mouse) for input, the user can tap into the link and stop for the required time period, so that the selection of the target link can be identified.

In step 314, when it is determined that the user mouses over the target link, or has expressed interest in the target link, the enhanced browsing window may be made visible. In one implementation, the window is about 75% of the user's browser size and can be located adjacent to the target link, or a list of links that include the target link. The screen cursor may be located adjacent to the target link within the enhanced browsing window.

In optional step 316, the enhanced browsing can be extended to the target content so that the user can navigate through the content, or the enhanced browsing window. That is, one or more links within the target content can be treated as target links, in which case the relevant content is pre-fetched. Then, when the user mouses over a target link in the target content, or a control (eg, a status indicator) associated with the link, another enhanced browsing window may be created to display the new target content. have. Alternatively, the target content of the enhanced browsing window may be replaced with new target content.

For example, when a user clicks on a target link that is associated with the target content, or when left-clicking (ie, clicking on the main mouse button) inside (not the link portion) of the target content, the target content is included. The browser may be replaced with the target content, or page. The same action can be taken if the user leaves the cursor stationary for a specified time period (eg 5 seconds) inside the enhanced browsing window. When the user clicks on a link inside the target content, the linked content may replace the target content of the enhanced browsing window, or the user's browser may point to the content or page.

In step 318, if the user moves the cursor out of the enhanced browsing window, the window may be closed. This may be because the user may be considered less interested in viewing the targeted content. Alternatively, the window can be closed by right-clicking (not the mouse's primary button) inside the window (but not in the link portion).

If the user moves the cursor from the window to the second target link, the window may disappear and be replaced with an enhanced browsing window configured for the second target content (or the target content may be replaced with the second target content). have.). In one embodiment of the present invention, the cursor automatically moves to the next (or previous) link when the user rotates the scroll wheel or generates other specified input (eg, up arrow or down arrow). It will be moved and the corresponding target content will be displayed in the enhanced browsing window.

In one embodiment, after the enhanced browsing window is closed, the state of the window may be stored for some period of time. Then, if a link to the same content is mouse-over or selected for enhanced browsing, the window may open with the same state (eg, scrolled to the same portion of the content).

Those skilled in the art will appreciate that the enhanced browsing operations described herein are clearly different from the “pop-up” of conventional web pages. Conventional pop-ups only display the received information as part of a web page when selected. In contrast, an enhanced browsing window displays content from several different pages, or sources, which can be navigated. In one implementation, the enhanced browsing device may be configured to suppress conventional pop-up.

The example method ends after step 318.

In one implementation of this embodiment of the present invention, as the user mouses over another target link, and as a new enhanced browsing window opens, each set of target content may be accompanied by the same or similar advertisements. . However, if the user moves the browser to another page, the advertisement may change, perform a new search (using a new find word) on the browser page, or not click on any of the advertisements. In the latter case, if a set of advertisements is provided multiple times and the user has not expressed any interest in it, another investigation is performed on the user's most recent search criteria or on the content of the page the user has chosen to view, A new set of can be selected to locate in the enhanced browsing window.

In another embodiment of this embodiment of the present invention, a user's enhanced browsing device, or window, may be branded or customized by an organization providing the enhanced browsing device, or by another organization. In this case, the enhanced browsing window may comprise a logo of the provider, or a link to the provider, an advertisement sponsored by the provider, or the like.

In another embodiment, the enhanced browsing device is installed and operated on a central server. In this implementation, the user navigates the server to use the device. Such an implementation may be suitable for a few clients.

Thus, embodiments of the present invention provide that, from a first window, content from a second web page is pre-fetched while the browser displays a first web page that includes a link to a second page; A set of advertisements is retrieved; A second window is configured but not displayed to include pre-fetched content and advertisements; The location of the cursor within the first window and adjacent the link is detected; A second window is displayed in front of the first window.

Embodiments of the present invention are described, wherein an apparatus for facilitating viewing electronic data includes a browser for displaying a first page having a link to another page; A first cache managed by a browser; An enhanced browsing window for displaying the second page while the browser displays the first page; A second cache for caching augmented browsing window; A fetcher (or pre-fetcher) configured to retrieve content identified by the link of the first page; And a user interface configured to detect the presence of a cursor adjacent to the link to the second page, wherein the enhanced browsing window is not visible until the presence of the cursor is detected.

Of target content free - Fetching  ( Prefetching Target Content )

In one embodiment of the present invention, a method is provided for identifying or prioritizing a target link for search of associated target content. The link can be identified within a web page or other browseable object (eg, document, image, e-mail message). Content from any number of links on the page (eg, zero or more) can be retrieved.

As described in the previous section, prefetching of content may be in a default manner, or may be based on user specific criteria, or criteria customized for a particular web page or site. Thus, content from links that are more popular, i.e., more likely to be selected by the user, may be pre-fetched prior to (or instead of) content from links that are less selected by the user.

In one implementation of this embodiment of the invention, a pre-fetching template may be used to identify a set of links on the page. To identify a target link (or recommended target link) as a location on their page, a pre-fetch template can be designed for a particular web page, or site. For example, a list of search results (eg, from a search engine, or a seller's website) can be placed in various locations on different pages (eg, in a single column on the left or right side of a page of a two-column table). And a pre-fetching template for such a page will be designed accordingly.

Content described by a link that is not identified by the pre-fetch template may also be pre-fetched, but the target link identified by the pre-fetch template may have a higher priority. For example, the default order of pre-fetching target content may match the order in which the links are posted on the page (or list order of the search results), or the content for some or all of the target links may be simultaneously ( Pre-fetched, for example in parallel).

The enhanced browsing device may maintain (or even produce) the pre-fetching template or retrieve it from a central server or other source. Thus, when a particular page is loaded into the browser, the enhanced browsing device working with the browser can quickly retrieve the pre-fetch template from the central server.

In another implementation, the pre-fetch template for a web page (or other content) can include a list of target links on the page. While browsing or observing a page, by observing any number of user selections for a link, the list can be prioritized and derived. Thus, the central server can collect data about the browsing activity of multiple users (eg pages visited, selected links), and selects data to identify or prioritize links on web pages visited by the user.

In another implementation of this embodiment of the present invention, by default all links on the page, or all links in the list of search results, can be treated as target links. Content from any number of target links may be pre-fetched in any order, or in parallel with the content of other links. In addition, links retrieved as part of the content associated with the target link may also be treated as target links, in which case from the current page (the current page when the browser is opened) to multiple pages, or multiple links. The content being moved can be pre-fetched without leaving the current page.

In another implementation, in addition to, or in place of, using a pre-fetch template to assist in identifying, or prioritizing, target links (eg, for pages for which no prefetch template is valid). Heuristics may be used. For example, a set of heuristics may specify that links that have certain characteristics and meet certain criteria are target links, which target links should be prioritized based on their characteristics, or criteria. For example, consider the characteristics of the area on the page where the link is located (e.g., center, top, left), font size, link color, the number of links to the same content (e.g. more links to a specific page of content, Higher priority to be searched), proximity to images, or other important content.

In another embodiment of the present invention, a user may select or deselect a target for pre-fetching. For example, a user may enter one specific key sequence (such as ALT-B) or instruct the content pre-fetcher to target one specific link or all links on a page. A specific control, or button can be selected, or a different key sequence (eg ALT-N) can be selected to prevent the device from targeting a particular link, or any link.

The user can also train the assisted browsing device to identify the target link. For example, the user can select the desired target link on the page (eg by drawing a box around the link, or by hovering over it, or by clicking), and then the device can select the user to visit the page. Remember the link for the next automatic identification. For example, to train the device, the user may preferentially enter a training mode (by activating certain user interface controls), then select a target link and abort the training mode.

In one implementation, the user can configure or customize the pre-fetch template, which can be useful when the user visits the page when the enhanced browsing device does not have a template. The user interface for the device identifies a template to the user by identifying the location of the target link on the page, identifying that all links are target links, selecting individual links as target links, and selecting properties to select target links. You can provide controls to allow configuration.

As mentioned above, to assist in identifying the target link, the enhanced browsing device may collect a user's browsing, or preview (ie, enhanced browsing) activity. Thus, if a user frequently selects or navigates links arranged along the right side of the page on a particular site, when visiting the site, the user's enhanced browsing device automatically treats these links as target links and the associated content. Pre-fetch. Similarly, when a user selects links in a set of links in a particular order (eg, top to bottom, bottom to top, left to right), the enhanced browsing device pre-fetches the content of the link. Can be prioritized.

The data accumulated by the device can be shared with a central server, accumulating and analyzing the data for multiple users, and then each enhanced browsing device to assist in identifying or prioritizing the target link. Can be dispersed as. For example, based on activity data collected from users visiting a particular web site, the central server may identify a particular link (or a link at a particular location on a page of the site) as the most popular. The information can be shared with a user's device to make the link a target link. However, in one implementation, the user may be provided with the option of not sharing information about browsing activity.

Thus, a centralized database for identifying or prioritizing target links can be maintained. Individual enhanced browsing devices may receive data from the database at periodic time intervals, when the browser is opened (or when opened with a particular page), or on some other schedule. For example, when the browser is directed to a particular page, the database can be accessed to retrieve specific data.

In addition to or in place of the collection in central database data related to the user's activity (eg, visited websites, clicked links, etc.), similar data may be retrieved from the website. This information can indicate which pages / links are most often selected by the website visitor, and which order is the most popular. This information can be retrieved by the central server or by the user's enhanced browsing device.

In one method of pre-fetching, the link is selected as the target link, and the target link can be prioritized for pre-fetching based on the point system. For example, from information accumulated by an enhanced browsing device, or central server, links on web pages may be assigned points based on their popularity (eg, how often they are selected). Points may also be awarded based on heuristics (eg, font size, location of links within the page). The more points are granted to the link, the more likely it is to be treated as a target link or as a higher priority received for pre-fetching.

Pre-fetching is not limited to links that appear or are shown on a single page. For example, a page displayed in a browser is too long to be shown at a time, so some links on the page are off screen. In addition, as may appear with a list of search results, the list of links may span multiple pages, with each page (e.g., using the "previous" and "next" buttons) Linked. Thus, in one method for pre-fetching content for enhanced browsing, the link may be a target link, even if it is off screen or on a page linked to the current page. In general, any number of pages that are forward-linked to the current page (eg, using a “next” button), or links appearing on the page, may be pre-fetched.

In addition, web pages containing links, or other content, are displayed in a pre-fetched or enhanced browsing window, which links can be treated as target links. Thus, to quickly navigate several levels, or links, away from the page when the user opens the browser, the user can use the enhanced browsing window.

In one method of pre-fetching, when the target content is retrieved, the outwardness of the target link can be changed. For example, to alert the user that a link is not functioning, the link can be changed to a different color (eg, gray, yellow). Pre-fetching may fail because the target link is broken, or a "page not found" error is received, a required certificate or other security token is invalid, or for a variety of other reasons. Can be.

In one embodiment of this embodiment of the present invention, the pre-fetched content, or the content to be pre-fetched, is investigated for viruses, malware (eg spyware, adware), pornography, and the like.

4 illustrates a method for pre-fetching electronic data, or content, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention. As mentioned above, in other embodiments pre-fetching may be performed in a number of different ways.

In step 402, a web-page, or other electronic, referred to as a “browser page”, in which the user's browser is displayed in the enhanced browsing window herein, or other target content. Open in content (eg documents, images, e-mail messages).

In step 404, a set of data for identifying a target link in a browser page may be retrieved from a local repository, or a remote repository (eg, a central server). The data may include a pre-fetch template, a list of specific links, heuristics, and the like.

In step 406, one or more target links may be selected in a default manner (eg, all links on the page), or using the data retrieved in step 404. For example, if a page contains a relatively small number of links (e.g. 5, 10), they may all be considered as target links without waiting for data to be designated to facilitate identification of the target link. Some or all of these links are directed to a page or site that is distinct from the browser page, and thus, it may be necessary to pre-fetch content from a location other than the browser page.

In step 408, the target link may be prioritized. For example, data for prioritizing the target link may be retrieved separately or in combination with data for identifying the target link. Data for prioritizing target links may include information related to the relative popularity of the links on the page (eg, from a central server, from a web site where the browser page is provided), or a recommendation order of priorities, or heuristics. It may include.

In step 410, the target content is pre-fetched. If the target links are prioritized, their content may be pre-fetched with priority. In addition, content from multiple target links can be retrieved in parallel. The number of pre-fetch operations performed in parallel depends on the communication bandwidth that can be used. For example, if a user has a broadband connection, more pre-fetches can be made in parallel than when the user has a dial-up connection.

For example, the prefetched content may include complete content described by a target link or located at a specific location (eg, URL, ie Uniform Resource Locator). Or part of the content located at (located from) the location may be discarded.

In step 412, it is determined whether prefetching should proceed to the next level (ie, the link in the content being prefetched), or another page. If so, another page is selected, such as the page retrieved as target content in step 410, and the method returns to step 404. Otherwise, the method ends.

Step 412 may be applied after the target content is retrieved. For example, after the content is retrieved in step 410, it is cached until the user selects a preview in the enhanced browsing window. When this happens, the method of Figure 4 may be applied to the page or content to be previewed.

Another way of prefetching or identifying the target link or prioritizing the target link may be dynamic, depending on the user's enhanced browsing activity. For example, if the user chooses to preview the first link at a particular location on a web page, it is assumed that the user unevenly previews the content from a link similar to the first link. Thus, a prediction can be made about what content the user wants to preview.

In another embodiment of this embodiment of the invention, the content is pay-per-click, or pay-for-performance advertising (e.g. text ads, banners, images) Can be prefetched from, where there is no prefetching count according to "click". In particular, an advertisement, or some other kind of content, may register a "click through" of each user's advertisement, where each click generates revenue from the entity providing the advertisement.

In this embodiment, the content from the advertisement is otherwise registered, except that no "click through" is registered until the user actually clicks (or rolls over) the advertisement for browsing. Prefetching is similar to other content. For example, when advertising content is prefetched, the URL, XML code used for prefetching may include tags, keywords, or other indicators that prevent the advertising content from being retrieved as part of the number of clicks. . If the user selects a link (ie, generates a click), then the usual “click count” of the advertisement can be initiated. As a result, advertising revenue is correctly allocated. However, the content may be provided from a prefetched version rather than waiting for a newly requested copy.

Thus, one embodiment of the present invention is described as an automated method of prefetching the content of a second page identified by a first page, which method is described as follows.

Retrieving data to facilitate identification of links to pages of content;

Identifying a link to another page located on a first page,

Prioritizing one or more links,

For each link, prefetching content from the page identified by the link,

Constructing an enhanced browsing window containing prefetched content for the first link to the second page (not displayed at this time),

Displaying the enhanced browsing window after detecting the position of the cursor.

One embodiment of the present invention is described as a computer-implemented method of prefetching content from a second electronic page that is linked to the first electronic page when the first page is browsed.

When the first electronic page is displayed in a browser, identifying a set of links to a target electronic page;

A link to said second electronic page;

For each link in the set of links, prefetching content from the target electronic page prior to selection of the link by the operator of the browser.

An automated method is described for fetching the content of a pay-per-click advertisement in which payment is registered for each click number of the advertisement, wherein the method includes:

When the first page of the electronic data is browsed, identifying, within the first page, a first link to the first pay-per-click advertisement, without generating a payment to be registered,

Configuring without displaying the enhanced browsing window containing the content being prefetched,

Only if the user clicks on the first link, generating a payment to be registered for the pay-per-click advertisement.

In addition, an enhanced browsing device is described, the device comprising:

A prefetcher configured to prefetch content from a second page of electronic data while the browser displays the first page of electronic data including the first link to the second page,

Data configured to facilitate prefetching of content by the prefetcher, wherein link identification data configured to identify a first link, or prioritize a first link between a set of links in a first page Said data comprising link prioritization data configured to:

A window generator configured to generate an enhanced browsing window that includes content that is prefetched,

A cache configured to store prefetched content, or an enhanced browsing window.

Fetching , Or indicate content status

In one embodiment of the present invention, an icon, button, or other indicator in the page of electronic data to indicate the state of the content fetched / prefetched from the target link within the page, or the state of the target content. Is displayed. Said indicator, referred to as a “status indicator,” may be included in the electronic content and include any type of object (eg, a moving or fixed icon) that may provide visual or audio status indication. Can be.

When configured to indicate a content status, the status indicator may indicate whether a security threat has been detected within the target content. Security threats include viruses, spyware, adware, other malware, pornography, or other types of inappropriate content.

The status indicator may indicate the status of the target link, or the status of the electronic link to the content location identified by the link. For example, the status indicator may indicate that the link is broken, that is, the connection to the linked site or page has a low bandwidth, is in a noisy state, the connection is fast or slow, or the quality of the link / communication connection , Or any other information related to the status.

The status indicator may be received as part of a web page or other content to be displayed. Alternatively, by a user interface configured to facilitate enhanced browsing (eg, user interface 104 of FIG. 1), or by another component of the enhanced browsing device, or another client application, or Browser plug-ins allow indicators to be dynamically inserted into web pages as scripts or code.

Individual state indicators are associated with each target link (or one indicator with multiple target links) and may include controls to take any action related to enhanced browsing. For example, a left-click, or mouse-over (eg, a left-click, or mouse-over with or without another key input, such as an ALT key input) on an indicator associated with a target link corresponds to the target to which the link corresponds. Serve as a trigger for fetching, or re-fetching, prefetching of content, or for displaying an enhanced browsing window containing content.

Browsing operations enhanced with other actions (such as right-click on an indicator, ALT click), such as turning on / off prefetching, adjusting how long the enhanced browsing window opens or closes, and the type of information to display using the indicator. Select a menu, configure user interface controls), or open a selection.

In one embodiment of the present invention, when a target link is identified, an indicator can be inserted, and the outbound can be changed to indicate that prefetching of the target content has been initiated, completed, delayed, or impossible. have. The indication that prefetching has been completed means that the target content is prefetched and ready to be displayed in the enhanced browsing window. An indication of successful prefetching indicates that the content has been cached, and this state can be initiated individually.

The indication of a prefetching failure may depend on various other reasons of the failure (eg, connection timeout, target content not available, broken link) or simply to indicate that prefetching cannot be completed. The status indicator may indicate that prefetching is partially complete and may even indicate the degree of completion (eg, in fractions or percentages).

Embodiments of the invention are implemented in applications, utilities that include the collection of search results lists, purchase sites, e-mail (web-based or client-based), online classified ads, job boards, blogs, news lists, and other links Can be. Thus, this implementation is configured for tasks using browsers, e-mail programs, news readers, search clients, word processing applications, spreadsheet programs, databases, and the like. The status indicator may be located at the top, bottom, or any other location that easily indicates the association between the indicator and the link associated with it. The location of the status indicator can be configured by the user.

Indicators can be embedded into web pages through Dynamic HyperText Markup Language (DHTML), JavaScript, or other programming or scripting languages. The indicator may be part of the page layout in which they appear or may be floating on a browsing window rather than part of a page.

Indicators are not always visible. Whether or not a particular indicator is displayed depends on the number of target links on the page, the type of information represented by the indicator, the page layout, and the like. For example, if a page includes multiple frames with many links, the indicators associated with some links may not appear until the cursor moves to a particular frame. In one embodiment, if content cannot be prefetched from a link, a status indicator may not be displayed for that link.

As prefetching of the target content proceeds, the status indicator associated with the corresponding target link may change the outwardness. For example, status indicators can shine, flicker, change color or brightness, change sound, change design, or move. Alternatively, the indicator representing the first state of prefetching can be replaced with another indicator representing the other state. The status indicator associated with the target content, displayed in the currently enhanced browsing window, may be highlighted, or may be labeled as the current status indicator.

8 provides, as one embodiment of the present invention, a status indicator for indicating prefetching or status of content. In FIG. 8, web page 802 is displayed by browser 800 and includes target links 804a-804d. Individual indicators 814a-814d are associated with the target link.

In this embodiment of the present invention, the status indicator includes a square icon that abstracts a miniature web page. Before prefetching of content for the associated target link begins, as shown in indicator 814c, the icon can be flat, dark or opaque. When prefetching is successfully completed, a glowing light bulb, check mark, or other positive symbol is added to the icon, as indicated by indicator 814a.

For target links with content that is prefetched, the status indicator (such as indicator 814b) may include an arrow, or other symbol. If the content of a particular target link is not fetched (eg, prefetching timeout), the associated status indicator may be marked with an “X”, a slash, or some other negative symbol, as indicated by indicator 814d. Can be.

In alternative embodiments of the invention, when the target link is identified, a status indicator, such as indicator 814c, may appear first. The indicator may remain the same outward until prefetching succeeds (such as indicator 814a) or fails (such as indicator 814d). In this alternative embodiment, the indicator 814b can therefore not be used, especially if a high speed data connection is possible that allows prefetching to be completed quickly.

In one embodiment of the invention, when the user mouses over, or selects an indicator associated with the first target link, content from the first target link is displayed. The user then rotates the mouse scroll wheel or provides other input (such as pressing an arrow key) to display content fetched / prefetched from the next target link, or from the previous target link, depending on the direction of rotation. can do. Thus, in this embodiment of the present invention, content from multiple target links can be quickly observed without sophisticated cursor movement.

When the scroll wheel (or equivalent input) moves from one state indicator to another indicator, if the page is no longer scrolled, the main browser page may scroll by the distance between the two state indicators. Regardless of whether the main browser page can be scrolled, the cursor used to mouse-over the state indicator may re-position to the next state indicator. When a user scrolls from one state indicator to another, there may be a time delay to prevent scrolling too far, or scrolling to the wrong state indicator.

In one implementation of the invention, the cursor automatically moves to the next or previous state indicator. And the web page on which the target link is displayed can also be scrolled (eg for the purpose of keeping the cursor at a relatively same location on the display screen). The target link and the status indicator associated with it do not need to be aligned linearly. If the alignment is not linear, as the web page scrolls in one direction, the cursor may be shaken such that the cursor is positioned over the next indicator.

The enhanced browsing window in which the target content is displayed is typically closed after a period of time after the user's cursor is outside the enhanced browsing window (eg, when hovering over an associated status indicator), In an embodiment, the window may be modified so that the window does not close while the cursor remains on (or near) the indicator. For example, scrolling the mouse wheel continues until the cursor is no longer positioned on the status indicator, or until some other action is taken, so that content from several different target links (same or different) is maintained. In the enhanced browsing window).

Other user inputs may affect the user's enhanced browsing tasks in a similar manner or in different ways. For example, by pressing the up and down arrow keys (or the left and right arrow keys) while the mouse cursor is in the enhanced browsing window, the cursor can be moved to the previous or next state indicator (and reinforced). Target content displayed in the browsing window may be changed).

Similarly, while the mouse cursor is positioned within the enhanced browsing window, by pressing the page-up and page-down keys, and with the appropriate controls (eg, “previous” and “next”, “forward” and “back”) By pressing), the displayed target content can be replaced with the content associated with the previous / next status indicator. However, while the cursor is positioned within the enhanced browsing window, by providing the same input, the content of the page can be scrolled.

Thus, embodiments of the present invention are described with respect to a method for automating enhanced browsing of a second web page that is linked by a browser to a first web page displayed in a browser window, wherein the method is described herein.

Identifying a target link from the first web page to the first web page, and displaying a first indicator associated with the target link in a browser window, the first indicator being from a second web page; Indicating the start of prefetching of the content,

Prefetching content from the second web page, displaying a second indicator at the position of the first indicator, the second indicator indicating completion of the prefetching,

Detecting a position of a cursor adjacent to the second indicator;

In response to detecting the position of the cursor, displaying a second window containing the prefetched content.

Another embodiment of the invention is described in a computer-implemented method for enhanced browsing, wherein the method is

Displaying a first electronic page comprising a set of target links in a browser window,

Displaying a first status indicator associated with the first target link to indicate a prefetching status of the content via the first target link,

Displaying the prefetched content in the enhanced browsing window when the cursor is positioned on the first status indicator.

A computer-implemented method for enhanced browsing of electronic content is also described, which method includes:

Displaying a first electronic page comprising a set of target links in a browser window,

Indicating, for each target link, the status of content corresponding to the target link,

Changing the first state indication associated with the first target link if the state of the content corresponding to the first target link is changed;

If the cursor is located on the first status indicator, displaying content corresponding to the first target link in the enhanced browsing window.

An apparatus for facilitating enhanced browsing of electronic data is also described, the apparatus comprising:

A browser for displaying the main page of electronic data including a link to another page,

An enhanced browsing window configured to display the first page of electronic data while the browser displays the main page,

A prefetcher configured to automatically search for content identified by the link in a main page that includes a first link to a first page,

It includes a user interface.

The user interface is configured to display a first state indicator associated with the first link (1) and to change the outward direction of the first state indicator when the state of prefetching is changed (2), adjacent to the first state indicator. It is configured to detect the position of the cursor (3), wherein the enhanced browsing window is not visible until there is a detection of the position of the cursor, and there is a detection and the enhanced browsing window becomes visible.

Also described is a graphical user interface for facilitating enhanced browsing of electronic data, the interface comprising:

A browser window for displaying electronic data, a set of target links displayed within the electronic data, and an associated status indicator configured to indicate a prefetching status of corresponding target content for each target link;

A cursor that can be used by the user,

An enhanced browsing window configured to display target content

Wherein the enhanced browsing window does not appear until the cursor is located on or near the status indicator.

Enhanced Browsing Stripe ( Enhanced Browsing Stripe )

In one embodiment of the present invention, an enhanced browsing stripe, or column, is provided to facilitate enhanced browsing of target content identified by multiple links in a page. For example, when a list of search result links (from a search engine, or a seller site or auction site) is displayed in a browser, an enhanced browsing stripe may be superimposed on the list.

As the cursor then moves over, or adjacent to, the link, the user interface cursor can be moved within the stripe and the enhanced browsing window can be opened to display the target content. Or, if the enhanced browsing window is already open, as the cursor reaches several different links, the displayed target content may change.

In various other implementations, the enhanced browsing stripe, or column, may not be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal, even linear, and thus may overlap or remain close to the link in the browser page. The stripe may be of any thickness (eg, 1/4 inch, 1 cm), and may be transparent or semi-transparent (eg, light gray) so that the user can identify the link below the stripe.

When a list of links is provided (eg, browser page), the stripe may or may not be applied by itself. Otherwise, the stripe may then appear when the user mouses over or selects the first target link in the list and the enhanced browsing window is displayed with the corresponding target content. The stripe thus appears adjacent to the reinforced browsing window or as one corner, or boundary, of the window.

In FIG. 2, stripe 230 is present adjacent the left edge of the reinforced browsing window 210, but only extends over the list of links 204, not the entire length of the window. The stripe extends the entire length of the window in other embodiments. As shown in FIG. 2, stripe 230 extends below the bottom edge of window 210 to appear above all links 204.

In one implementation, when the enhanced browsing window is opened and the enhanced browsing stripe is displayed, the user interface cursor (eg, mouse cursor 240 of FIG. 2) may be moved to a location within the stripe and displayed inside the window. It can be moved to or near the top of the target link with the content being. Accordingly, the user can preview the content from the link faster by moving the cursor within the stripe to other links. When the cursor moves out of the stripe, or out of an open, enhanced browsing window, the stripe can be closed or removed. Alternatively, the cursor may be positioned from the beginning within the enhanced browsing window.

When the cursor is moved within a stripe to one end of the stripe, and the list of links associated with the stripe extends beyond the end, away from the display device (eg, another page, or screen), the web Other content, including pages or lists of links, may be automatically scrolled to show additional links. As the content scrolls, the stripe will automatically stretch as additional links are seen. Alternatively, the stripe may extend beyond the list of links, thereby allowing the user to continue scrolling through the web page (eg, to the end of the page). When the enhanced page is opened when the web page is scrolled, as scrolling continues, the window may remain at the same location on the display device.

The enhanced browsing stripe may be created and maintained by the user interface or other components of the enhanced browsing device.

5 illustrates a method of using reinforced stripe, or heat, to facilitate enhanced browsing, according to one embodiment of the present invention.

In step 502, the user's browser opens to a web page that contains a search result link, or other electronic content (eg, document, image, email message). The web page may be considered herein a “browser page” that is distinct from the page displayed in the enhanced browsing window, or other target content.

In step 504, a target link comprising some or all of the search results is identified. All or part of the links are identified by default, prefetch templates can be applied, and the most popular links can be used. The links are prioritized and the content identified by some or all of the target links is retrieved.

For target content for some or all of the target link, an enhanced browsing window can be configured. For example, all target content is retrieved, but not all at the same time (ie, in parallel).

In step 506, the enhanced browsing stripe is displayed at the top of the list of search results. The stripe may be displayed as soon as the contents of one or more target links are retrieved, and may be displayed when the first enhanced browsing window is displayed, or as soon as the target link is identified.

In step 508, as the user moves the user interface cursor over the target link, but within the enhanced browsing stripe, the target content for the link is displayed in one or more enhanced browsing windows. For example, a first window may open when the user mouses over the first target link. While the user moves the cursor, the window remains open so that the content of the other links can be replaced with the content of the first link. Alternatively, when the user mouses over the target link, the enhanced browsing window can be opened and then closed when the cursor leaves the link.

In step 510, when the cursor moves to the edge of the browser window and the list of finding results expands to another page, or screen, the browser page scrolls (eg, as needed to bring another link onto the screen). , Up, or left). The enhanced browsing stripe will expand as the page scrolls. After step 510, the method ends.

Thus, one embodiment of the present invention is described as a computer-implemented method for facilitating enhanced browsing of electronic content.

When the first page of electronic content is browsed in a browser, identifying, at the first page, a set of links to another page of electronic content, wherein the first link is directed to the second page;

Superposing a stripe on the set of links in the browser, detecting the position of a cursor located within the stripe and adjacent to the first link,

In response to detecting the position of the cursor, displaying the enhanced browsing window that includes the electronic content of the second page.

Also described is a graphical user interface for facilitating enhanced browsing of electronic data, the interface being a browser window for displaying a first page of electronic data, the first page being directed to another page of electronic data. The browser window includes a plurality of links and an opaque stripe that overlaps on the plurality of links.

In addition, an enhanced browsing device is described for facilitating enhanced browsing of electronic data.

A prefetcher configured to prefetch content from a first page of electronic data while the browser displays a first page of electronic data comprising a plurality of links, wherein the plurality of links is a first page to a second page; The prefetcher including a link,

A user interface configured to display stripes that overlap on the plurality of links, wherein the user interface is configured to display an enhanced browsing window that includes the prefetched content when a cursor is located within and adjacent to the first link. Include.

Graphical for search / browsing history  Sailing tree ( Graphical History  Navigation Tree Searching Of Browsing )

In one embodiment of the present invention, a method and apparatus are provided for facilitating navigation, or browsing, of a search result, or collection of related links to electronic data. In one embodiment of the invention, a graphical history navigation tree is shown, where each tree is a set of different web pages or other data (e.g., documents, images, e-mail messages). Corresponds to.

The tree may be displayed along the left or right side of the display screen anywhere within the user's display screen, such as within a window located just below the enhanced browsing window (or just below where the enhanced browsing window can be opened). Can be. Inside the window, the history navigation tree can start with a new set of search results, or a root representing a new browsing session, and thus in any direction (eg, left to right, top to bottom). You can grow. When a new find is initiated, or when a new browser window is opened, or when a user requests that a new tree be started, the root of the new tree can be located.

By monitoring the web site, or page, that the user browses, the execution of a new find can be detected. When the browser is opened, the initiation of a new browsing session can be estimated. If the site that the user browses uses a search engine, and the user uses the engine, then the root of the new history navigation tree may be located. Any previous history navigation tree may appear in the same window, but may scroll out of the screen as the current tree grows.

In one embodiment, each time the user navigates or previews one of the search results lists (or top level links in the page being browsed). A new child node can be added to the current tree and connected to the root. As the user navigates or continues to preview the linked content, more nodes are added and linked to the history navigation tree. Thus, for each set of pages, sites, or other content that a user accesses, another node is added to the tree.

Thus, by selecting the appropriate node, the user can quickly navigate or preview the previously visited content. For example, when a user clicks (eg, left-clicks) a node, the user's browser opens with the corresponding content. When the user mouses over the node (eg for a specified period of time) or right-clicks the node, the corresponding content may be opened for preview in the enhanced browsing window.

Thus, the enhanced browsing device's cache may store content corresponding to the current history navigation tree, or any number of nodes in the previous tree. Alternatively, the content may be retrieved when a user clicks or mouses over a node on a target page or site.

When a user clicks or mouses over a node corresponding to a particular web domain, site, a list of links visited in that domain may be displayed. Thus, a node may represent a web page, or a collection of content, rather than a single document.

The user can change the outward appearance of the node. For example, if the user determines that a particular page warrants a more detailed inspection, to mark it, the user may choose to change the color, size, or other characteristics (eg, flicker, movement) of the node. Specific marking may be provided to identify nodes corresponding to content that a user is currently browsing or previewing.

Similarly, by selecting a node (eg by right-clicking) and entering the symbol into a file to be stored with the tree, the user can symbolize the node and search (eg by name).

As mentioned above, a new find / browsing history navigation tree can be started for each new find. However, when the user only modifies the search words of the current (or previous) find, the new branch is thus simply added to the current (or previous) tree.

The search / browsing history navigation tree may be created and maintained by the user interface, or other components of the enhanced browsing device.

6 illustrates a find / browsing history navigation tree in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention. Program code for generating such a tree can be implemented as a plug-in in an existing browser.

In FIG. 6, window 602, tree frame 604, and advertisement frame 606 are shown. By virtue of the horizontal nature of the window 602, the window can be adapted above or below the enhanced browsing window. In another embodiment, the window 602 may be vertically oriented.

The history navigation tree displayed in the tree frame 604 starts with the route 610, which corresponds to, for example, a search of a Honda car. This finding can have any number of links back to related content. Among these links, the user can browse or preview the web page, or site, identified by the two higher level links corresponding to nodes 612, 614.

As the user browses or previews content to this page, additional nodes are added to represent the content. As shown in Figure 6, any number of nodes may be symbolized. This symbolization can be automatically extracted from the HTML of the corresponding content or specified by the user. The organization's logo associated with the node's content may be displayed in addition to (or in place of) the text.

In FIG. 6, window 602 is expanded for more detailed inspection. In different embodiments of this embodiment of the invention, the window may be relatively narrow in height (when aligned horizontally) or relatively narrow in width (when aligned vertically), at levels of 0.5 to 1.5 inches. .

The visual history navigation tree allows the user to easily track his navigation and quickly jump to another content. Because window 602 can remain open, the user can return quickly and easily even after the user has navigated away from the search results. In order to close, expand, minimize, or otherwise manipulate the window, window 602 may include standard controls (such as buttons).

Since the history navigation tree can be stored (eg on disk), the user can open the History Navigation Tree window (eg, using a normal browser drop-down menu) which is automatically populated with the most recent tree. .

The advertisements displayed in the advertisement frame 606 may include advertisements related to finding that are associated with the tree of the tree frame 604, advertisements associated with the particular node where the user is located, pay-per-click sponsored advertisements, and the like. Can be. One or more of the tree frame 604 and the advertisement frame 606 may include scroll bars (horizontal or vertical).

Thus, one embodiment of the present invention may be described in a computer implemented method for facilitating enhanced browsing of electronic content, the method comprising

In connection with a user observation of a first page of electronic content, providing a root node of a navigable tree, wherein the root node corresponds to the first page;

In response to selection by the user of the second page of electronic content to the first page, adding a child node to the tree;

Adding additional nodes to the tree as additional pages of electronic content are selected by the user, wherein the additional nodes comprise corresponding pages.

Also described is a graphical user interface for facilitating enhanced browsing of electronic data.

A tree window configured to display in combination with a browser window for browsing electronic data, or an enhanced browsing window for previewing electronic data,

A navigable graphical tree comprising nodes corresponding to the browsed or previewed electronic data, displayed in the tree pane.

An enhanced browsing device is further described to facilitate enhanced browsing of electronic data, the device comprising:

A browsing window configured to display electronic data to the user,

A user interface configured to construct a tree comprising nodes corresponding to the content displayed in the browsing window, facilitating user navigation of the content by re-displaying the content corresponding to the node selected by the user in the browsing window

It includes.

The program environment in which this embodiment of the invention is practiced includes a general purpose computer, or a special purpose device such as a hand-held computer. Details of such devices (eg, processor, memory, data, storage, display) may be omitted for clarity.

The techniques of the present invention can be implemented using various techniques. For example, the methods described herein may be implemented in software execution on a computer system, or in a combination of microprocessors, or hardware that dlyd other specially designed application-specific integrated circuits, or programmable logic devices, or a combination thereof. Can be. In particular, the methods herein may be implemented by a series of computer executable instructions located on a suitable computer readable medium. Suitable computer-readable media include volatile (eg RAM) or non-volatile (eg ROM, disk) memory, carrier and transmission media (eg copper wire, coaxial cable, optical fiber media). Preferred carriers may be in the form of electrical, electromagnetic, or optical signals that carry digital data streams along a local network, or publicly accessible networks, such as the Internet, or other communication links.

Claims (45)

  1. A method implemented by a computer for facilitating preview of a second electronic page linked to the first electronic page while the first electronic page is being browsed, the method comprising:
    Retrieving the content of the second electronic page while the first electronic page is displayed in a browser, including prefetching the content of the second electronic page. Steps,
    Creating, without displaying an enhanced browsing window that includes the content of the second electronic page,
    Detecting a user's interest in the second electronic page, and
    Displaying the enhanced browsing window, wherein the enhanced browsing window does not include a thumbnail of a second electronic page. How to be.
  2. The method of claim 1, wherein prior to said searching
    Positioning a set of links within the first electronic page, wherein the links are directed to a second electronic page
    And implemented by a computer to facilitate preview of the electronic page.
  3. The method of claim 2,
    Prioritizing the locating link for retrieval of content identified by the locating link
    The computer implemented method for facilitating preview of an electronic page further comprising.
  4. The method of claim 1, wherein prior to said generating,
    Retrieving a set of advertisements associated with the content of the second electronic page
    The computer implemented method for facilitating preview of an electronic page further comprising.
  5. The method of claim 4, wherein the generating step
    Including a set of advertisements in the enhanced browsing window
    And implemented by a computer to facilitate preview of the electronic page.
  6. The method of claim 4, wherein the generating step
    Replacing one or more advertisements included in the content of the second electronic page with the set of advertisements.
    And implemented by a computer to facilitate preview of the electronic page.
  7. The method of claim 1, wherein prior to the displaying step:
    Cashing the enhanced browsing window
    And implemented by a computer to facilitate preview of the electronic page.
  8. 8. The computer-implemented method of claim 7, wherein the enhanced browsing window is cached in a cache separate from the cache used by the browser.
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  10. The method of claim 1, wherein the searching
    Identifying a link to the second electronic page
    And implemented by a computer to facilitate preview of the electronic page.
  11. The method of claim 1, wherein the searching
    Automatically positioning the set of links of the first electronic page when the first electronic page is displayed, and
    Retrieving content identified by one or more of the located links, wherein the links are directed to the second electronic page
    And implemented by a computer to facilitate preview of the electronic page.
  12. 12. The method of claim 11, prior to retrieving content identified by one or more of the located links:
    Prioritizing a search of content identified by the located link
    The computer implemented method for facilitating preview of an electronic page further comprising.
  13. 10. The computer-implemented method of claim 1, wherein the content of the second electronic page includes navigable content that includes one or more hyperlinks. .
  14. The method of claim 1, wherein the detecting step
    Detecting a mouse-over of a link to the second electronic page
    And implemented by a computer to facilitate preview of the electronic page.
  15. The method of claim 1, wherein the detecting step
    Detecting a user location of a cursor adjacent to a link to the second electronic page
    And implemented by a computer to facilitate preview of the electronic page.
  16. The method of claim 1, wherein the detecting step
    Detecting a user location of a cursor adjacent to an icon associated with a link to the second electronic page
    And implemented by a computer to facilitate preview of the electronic page.
  17. The method of claim 1,
    When the cursor moves from a position inside the enhanced browsing window to a position outside of the enhanced browsing window, closing the enhanced browsing window
    The computer implemented method for facilitating preview of an electronic page further comprising.
  18. The method of claim 1,
    If the cursor moves adjacent to a link to a third electronic page within a first electronic page, the enhanced browsing window is closed and fetched before the cursor moves adjacent to a link to the third electronic page. Displaying another enhanced browsing window that includes the content of the third electronic page
    The computer implemented method for facilitating preview of an electronic page further comprising.
  19. The method of claim 1,
    When the user operates a pointing device inside the enhanced browsing window, replacing the first electronic page of the browser with the second electronic page
    The computer implemented method for facilitating preview of an electronic page further comprising.
  20. The method of claim 1,
    Replacing the content of the second electronic page in the enhanced browsing window with the content of the third electronic page if a link to a third electronic page is selected within the enhanced browsing window
    The computer implemented method for facilitating preview of an electronic page further comprising.
  21. The method of claim 1, wherein the first electronic page comprises a list of search results, and wherein the searching comprises:
    Sending a set of search terms to a central server that produces the list of search results.
    And implemented by a computer to facilitate preview of the electronic page.
  22. A computer readable medium storing instructions that, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to perform a method of facilitating a preview of a second electronic page linked to the first electronic page while the first electronic page is being browsed. The method is
    Retrieving the content of the second electronic page while the first electronic page is displayed in a browser, including prefetching the content of the second electronic page. Steps,
    Creating, without displaying an enhanced browsing window that includes the content of the second electronic page,
    Detecting a user's interest in the second electronic page, and
    Displaying the enhanced browsing window
    Computer-readable medium comprising a.
  23. A computer-implemented method for previewing a second electronic document linked to the first electronic document while the first electronic document is being browsed, the method comprising:
    While the first electronic document is displayed in a browser window, automatically detecting a position of a cursor adjacent to a link to a second electronic document within the browser window, and
    In response to said detecting, automatically displaying an enhanced browsing window comprising navigable content of a second electronic document
    Includes, wherein the step of automatically displaying
    Retrieving the navigable content, and
    Creating the enhanced browsing window to include the navigational content;
    The navigational content allows a user to navigate to content other than the first electronic document and the second electronic document by clicking inside the enhanced browsing window. How to be.
  24. 24. The method of claim 23, wherein prior to the automatically displaying
    Creating the enhanced browsing window without displaying it
    The computer-implemented method of previewing an electronic document further comprising.
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  26. The method of claim 23, wherein the detecting automatically
    Detecting the position of the cursor on the link
    And implemented by a computer for previewing an electronic document.
  27. The method of claim 23, wherein the navigable content is
    Markup language for formatting electronic documents, and
    Script code for formatting electronic documents
     And at least one of: a computer-implemented method for previewing an electronic document.
  28. The method of claim 23, wherein the navigable content is:
    HyperText Markup Language (HTML),
    EXtensible Markup Language (XML),
    Active Server Pages (ASP),
    JavaScript,
    Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP)
    And at least one of: a computer-implemented method for previewing an electronic document.
  29. In an enhanced browsing apparatus for facilitating enhanced browsing of electronic data, the apparatus comprises:
    A fetcher configured to retrieve and fetch navigable content from the second page while the browser displays the first page including a link to the second page,
    A window generator configured to generate an enhanced browsing window that includes the navigable content,
    A cache configured to store the enhanced browsing window, and
    A user interface configured to detect a position of a cursor adjacent to the link to the second page
    Wherein, in response to detecting the position of the cursor, the enhanced browsing window is displayed,
    And wherein said navigational content is manipulated to navigate to content other than said first page and said second page.
  30. 30. The enhanced browsing apparatus of claim 29, wherein the fetcher is further configured to identify a link present on the first page, wherein the link is directed to the second page. .
  31. 33. The database of claim 30, comprising a template configured to identify a location of a set of links in the first page.
    Enhanced browsing device for facilitating enhanced browsing of electronic data further comprising.
  32. 31. The set of heuristics of claim 30 for facilitating identification of links in the first page.
    Enhanced browsing device for facilitating enhanced browsing of electronic data further comprising.
  33. 31. The enhanced claim 25 of claim 30, wherein the fetcher is further configured to prioritize the identified link for fetching content identified by the identified link. Browsing device.
  34. 34. The method of claim 33,
    Set of heuristics to facilitate the prioritization
    Enhanced browsing device for facilitating enhanced browsing of electronic data further comprising.
  35. 30. The enhanced browsing of claim 29 wherein the window generator is further configured to keep the enhanced browsing window invisible until detection of the position of the cursor. Device.
  36. 30. The enhanced browsing apparatus of claim 29, wherein the window generator is further configured to include a set of advertisements in the enhanced browsing window.
  37. 30. The enhanced browsing apparatus of claim 29, wherein the cache is separate from a cache managed by a browser.
  38. 30. The enhanced browsing apparatus of claim 29, wherein said positioning of said cursor comprises a mouse-over.
  39. 30. The method of claim 29,
    The browser is navigable to the location where the electronic data is stored,
    The enhanced browsing window is configured to preview the electronic data without navigating the browser to the location, wherein the enhanced browsing window facilitates enhanced browsing of the electronic data.
  40. 30. The enhanced browsing apparatus of claim 29, wherein the fetcher is configured to prefetch content from a second page prior to positioning the cursor.
  41. In the graphical user interface for facilitating enhanced browsing of electronic data, the interface is
    A browser configured to display a first page of electronic data, wherein the first page includes a plurality of links to other pages of electronic data, wherein the first link is directed to a second page of electronic data browser,
    A cursor placed by the user, and
    Enhanced browsing window configured to display content from a second page
    Wherein the content from the second page is prefetched before the cursor is positioned adjacent to the first link, and the enhanced browsing window is positioned such that the cursor is positioned adjacent to the first link. Is not shown until
    And the enhanced browsing window does not include a thumbnail of the second page.
  42. 42. The method of claim 41, wherein the enhanced browsing window is
    A content window configured to display content from the second page, and
    Luminance frame configured to display a set of advertisements
    Graphical user interface comprising a.
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  44. 42. The graphical user interface of claim 41 wherein after the content from the second page is prefetched, the enhanced browsing window is configured but not visible.
  45. 42. The graphical user interface of claim 41 wherein the enhanced browsing window is closed when the cursor moves from a position inside the enhanced browsing window to a position outside of the enhanced browsing window.
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