Patent Number: 6,253,229

Title: Hotspots only interfaces to links in hypertext document pages in network display stations

Abstract: A data processor controlled user interactive display system for displaying hypertext documents, each including a sequence of display screen pages received over a communications network such as the World Wide Web. Each of the pages contains a plurality of hotspots responsive to user interactive pointing means to display a linked document. The system provides display pages in alternate versions wherein only the hotspots on the page are displayed. It includes means for selecting said alternate version for display and means, responsive to said means for selecting, for transmitting said alternate version containing hotspots only to a receiving display station. The selection of the alternate version is made through a browser at the receiving display station and carried out by the network server which fetches said documents from said network and transmits said fetched documents to said receiving station and has said means for providing said display page in said alternate version having hotspots only and said means, responsive to said means for selecting, for transmitting said alternate version.

Inventors: Nielsen; Christopher Robbins (Austin, TX), Poston; Rick Lee (Austin, TX), Stair; Stephen Gray (Austin, TX), Tsao; I-Hsing (Austin, TX)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 17/30 (20060101); G06F 015/16 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018