05892905 is referenced by 303 patents and cites 6 patents.

The present invention provides the capability to easily access many different application programs over the WWW via a common user interface. By providing standard procedures, routines, tools, and software "hooks" for accessing software applications over the WWW, software developers can concentrate on the functionality of the application program and easily use HTML to provide a GUI interface for the application program. HTML is a well-known language which can be used by almost any computer system on the market today. In addition, since HTML is a fairly well controlled and standardized language, new software application features can be added as they are developed and supported by HTML. In addition, since HTML is a widely adopted, non-proprietary technology, the present invention can provide open access to a large market for even very small software developers. Further, the present invention also allows software developers to adopt a standard access protocol, which allows them to provide support for any computer system which is capable of utilizing a HTML cognizant browser. Finally, by providing easy-to-implement, standardized solutions to the issues of user interface, authentication/security, and web transaction support, the common user interface of the present invention overcomes the limitations existing in previous solutions.

Title
Computer apparatus and method for providing a common user interface for software applications accessed via the world-wide web
Application Number
8/780015
Publication Number
5892905
Application Date
December 23, 1996
Publication Date
April 6, 1999
Inventor
James Orrin Walts
Rochester
MN, US
Devon Daniel Snyder
Rochester
MN, US
Jeffrey Edward Selden
Jacksonville Beach
FL, US
Diane Elaine Olson
Rochester
MN, US
Erik Duane Lindberg
Rochester
MN, US
Pernell James Dykes
Byron
MN, US
Kenneth Edgar Brown
Rochester
MN, US
Marcia Lynn Brandt
Rochester
MN, US
Agent
Derek P Martin
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
H04L 9/00
G06F 17/00
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