Method and system for providing a link in an electronic file being presented to a user

  • US 7,933,893 B2
  • Filed: 06/01/2006
  • Issued: 04/26/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/08/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:

  • defining, by a device operated by a user, a customized viewpoint for the user that includes a preference for the user, wherein the preference provides an association between a data pattern and a computer network resource, in which the data pattern defines an arrangement of user-viewable text;

    locating, by the user device, the data pattern in a first data structure by determining that the arrangement of user-viewable text matches a portion of text in the first data structure;

    generating, by the user device, a second data structure including a link indicating the computer network resource associated with the located data pattern, in which generating the second data structure comprises;

    inserting into the first data structure a hyperlink associated with a URL of the computer network resource, such that an indication of the hyperlink is included in a balloon window that emerges while a pointer is placed over the located data pattern; and

    storing a status indicating whether the association provided by the preference is enabled; and

    altering the status of the association in accordance with an offer, from a third party, accepted by the user, wherein the offer comprises an offer to provide the user a benefit having a monetary value in exchange for the user agreeing to include the preference in the customized viewpoint for a predetermined period of time.

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