System and method for information retrieval employing a preloading procedure

  • US 6,604,103 B1
  • Filed: 10/09/2001
  • Issued: 08/05/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/02/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of retrieving information from a remotely-located collection of documents for a user of a multi-tasking computer system, wherein the remotely-located collection of documents can be accessed simultaneously by many remote users, the method comprising the acts of:

  • retrieving a first document over a low-bandwidth connection when the user requests the first document, wherein the first document contains both text and graphics, and wherein the user requests the first document using an input device that allows the user to navigate through documents on a display screen;

    displaying the first document on the display screen;

    retrieving a second document over the low-bandwidth connection to the collection of documents when the user requests the second document, wherein the second document contains both text and graphics, wherein the user requests the second document using the input device that allows the user to navigate through documents on the display screen, and wherein the second document contains a link to the first document and a link to a third document;

    displaying the second document on the display screen by replacing a document previously displayed on the display screen with the second document;

    preloading into local storage over the low-bandwidth connection at least a portion of the first document before the user makes another request for the first document by using the input device that allows the user to navigate through documents on the display screen;

    preloading into local storage over the low bandwidth connection at least a portion of the third document before the user makes a request for the third document by using the input device that allows the user to navigate through documents on the display screen;

    displaying the third document on the display screen when the user requests the third document, wherein the third document is displayed quickly by retrieving from local storage at least a portion of the third document that was preloaded into local storage.

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