Method of modifying a toolbar

  • US 8,275,863 B2
  • Filed: 04/16/2003
  • Issued: 09/25/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/19/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method of modifying a toolbar, comprising the steps of:

  • a user Internet device displaying a toolbar comprising one or more buttons, the toolbar defined by toolbar data stored in one or more toolbar-defining databases, the toolbar data comprising a plurality of attributes, each attribute associated with a button of the toolbar, wherein for each button of the toolbar, at least one of the plurality of attributes identifying a function to be performed when the button is actuated by the user Internet device;

    the user Internet device automatically sending a revision level of the one or more toolbar-defining databases to a predetermined network address;

    a server at the predetermined network address determining, from the revision level, the user Internet device should receive the toolbar update data;

    the user Internet device receiving toolbar update data from the Internet;

    the user Internet device initiating without user interaction an operation to update the toolbar data in accordance with the toolbar update data received;

    the user Internet device updating, by the operation, the toolbar data in accordance with the toolbar update data, thereby producing updated toolbar data, the updating comprising at least one of the following steps (a) and (b), each respectively comprising;

    (a) writing at least one new attribute to the original toolbar data, wherein the writing at least one new attribute to the toolbar data comprises changing the one or more buttons of the toolbar by adding a button; and

    (b) updating at least one attribute of the toolbar data; and

    the user Internet device displaying the toolbar as defined by the updated toolbar data.

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