Method of modifying a toolbar

  • US 9,141,263 B2
  • Filed: 09/10/2012
  • Issued: 09/22/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/19/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of modifying a toolbar, the method comprising:

  • displaying, at a user Internet device, 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, one or more of the plurality of attributes associated with a button of the toolbar, wherein for each button of the toolbar, at least one of the plurality of attributes identifies at least one function to be performed when the button is actuated by the user Internet device, wherein at least one of the functions comprises exchanging data between the toolbar and a computer program;

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

    updating, by the operation, the toolbar data in accordance with the toolbar update data, thereby producing updated toolbar data, wherein the updating comprises;

    receiving, at the user Internet device, a first web page comprising a reference to a network location;

    accessing, at the user Internet device, the reference;

    receiving, at the user Internet device, the toolbar update data in response to the user Internet device accessing the reference, wherein the received toolbar update data comprises a MIME type identification of the content type of the toolbar update data;

    determining, at the user Internet device, that the MIME type identification is associated in the user Internet device with a database update program;

    providing, at the user Internet device, the toolbar update data to the database update program in response to the user Internet device determining the MIME type identification is associated in the user Internet device with the database update program; and

    initiating, at the database update program, the operation to update the toolbar data in accordance with the toolbar update 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

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

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