WebVCR and SmartBookmarks: Given the growing trend of creating interactive Web sites that publish data on
demand, retrieving information from the Web is becoming
increasingly complicated. Many sites, from online classified ads to
banks, require users to fill a sequence of forms and/or follow a
sequence of links to access a page they need, and often, these
hard-to-reach pages cannot be bookmarked using the bookmark facilities
implemented in popular browsers.
WebVCR allows users to create shortcuts -- smart bookmarks --- to Web
pages that require multiple steps to be retrieved - and thus makes it
easy to automate the tedious and repetitive process of retrieving hard
to reach Web content. For more information about the system and to
try out the beta version, go to
the WebVCR home page (only inside Lucent).
A paper describing the system appeared in
WWW9 (ps-gz version)
and slides of my presentation at
WWW9 are also available.