Patent Number: 6,253,204

Title: Restoring broken links utilizing a spider process

Abstract: Information links, such as hypertext links, found in network based documents, such as those found on the World Wide Web, sometimes break, i.e. fail to result in retrieval the desired document. Techniques are described to record information about such broken links and to provide relatively current information to a user whether a link was broken or, if previously broken, has been restored. A centralized broken link service is also described by which information about the status of links on the network can be gathered. A spider can be utilized to periodically check on whether links reported as broken have been restored.

Inventors: Glass; Bob (Los Gatos, CA), Nielsen; Jakob (Atherton, CA), Fogg; BJ (Stanford, CA)

Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.

International Classification: G06F 17/30 (20060101); G06F 017/00 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018