Serving signals

  • US 6,961,737 B2
  • Filed: 08/03/2001
  • Issued: 11/01/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/15/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for serving pages of viewable data to browsing devices connected to a network, wherein a page of said viewable data comprises content data defining text and/or graphics and formatting data which specifies locations of said text and/or graphics within a page, and said viewable data is displayed at a browsing device such that locations of said text and/or graphics depend on said formatting data, said method comprising:

  • identifying requests from browsing devices that define a request for specified content data;

    storing content data;

    storing executable functions;

    maintaining a user database comprising information relating to user preferences; and

    in response to identifying a request for specified content data and a user identifier;

    (a) reading user preference information from said user database in response to a received user identifier;

    (b) selecting stored content data in dependence upon the content data specified in a received request;

    (c) receiving format identifiers identifying the type of formatting required;

    (d) selecting a set of stored functions in dependence upon a received format identifier and said read user information; and

    (e) executing said set of functions to generate viewable data comprising said selected content data and formatting data.

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