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Predictive Context Sensitive Linking

The editor/author didn't put them in, but my browser did
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Quite frequently you're reading an article on a website and incredibly, the highlights of the article, sometimes even the destination website they're writing about, is not linked.

Using autosummarize and context sensitive ad type technology, have the browser automatically come up with the list of items I'd want to hyper link to or search if the editor had done their job.

The new links should appear on the side, similar to Google's context sensitive ads

theircompetitor, Dec 01 2004

Firefox Download http://www.mozilla.org/download.html
You can download the Firefox browser here. If you want. [lostdog, Dec 01 2004]

Firefox Extensions http://texturizer.net/firefox/extensions/
Scroll past the oh-so-helpful list of names to get to the descriptions. There's some handy stuff in there. [lostdog, Dec 01 2004]

Much Ado about Smart Tags http://www.alistapa...articles/smarttags/
The hew and cry in mid-2001 about MS Smart Tags. MS dropped the idea except in very limited ways within the Office suite. [bristolz, Mar 09 2005]

A New Hew and Cry: Google's Autolink http://www.zeldman.com/daily/0205f.shtml
Oh gee, it looks like some people still think it's a bad idea even when Google does it. [bristolz, Mar 09 2005]

Blinkx Search Engine http://www.informat...articleID=181501397
[theircompetitor, Mar 08 2006]


       How would it know which things I'd want to hyperlink to? In the browser configuration I'm currently using, I right click on something of interest and do a "Google Search" on it.   

       This sounds like a tool that would be best put to use by an editor.
half, Dec 01 2004

       I should clarify that I wouldn't want the links to go in inline. I was thinking of something more similar to how Google displays context sensitive ads.
theircompetitor, Dec 01 2004

       So, instead of ads, it could list the top ranked link returned from a google search?
half, Dec 01 2004

       It would be a list of links containing:   

       Any companies mentioned in the article or searchlinks thereof   

       Any websites mentioned in the article   

       Search links for names mentioned in the article   

       Category searchlinks   

       Retrieved search links as [half] describes   

theircompetitor, Dec 01 2004

       Have you checked out the new Firefox browser, theircompetitor? It's free, is pretty much the same as IE to use, but has some interesting extra features on it as well.   

       You can also load up extensions to it as well, and customize it to your heart's content. For instance, I've got it set up so that I can highlight a non-hyperlink URL address (www.something.com), right click it, and it'll act just like a normal hyperlink. I can also select a word and get an online definition, or search for it on google - all with a single click. Pretty smart stuff.
lostdog, Dec 01 2004

       [theircompetitor] I really like this, but I'd rather the context-sensitive hyperlinks were embedded in the text (i.e. the browser starts to hyperlink words which are not hyperlinked in the original to sites it thinks will be relevant based on my browsing history).   

       [lostdog] Firefox rocks..
neilp, Mar 09 2005

       Microsoft Smart Tags?   

       Google's Autolink feature? (from the inventor of MS smart tags who later left MS and went to Google.)
bristolz, Mar 09 2005

       well.. Smart Tags tried miserably, but Autolink I'd not seen. I'd like an autolink that was truly context-sensitive (MY context) so if it adds a link to a shop to buy something, it should be my local one.
neilp, Mar 09 2005

       I'm not sure why you would characterize their performance as miserable. Smart Tags never went to market but they worked darn well.
bristolz, Mar 09 2005

       Instead why not use Alexa toolbar or Yoono toolbar which will give relevant data about the site you are browsing and related sites. There is another tool from www.answers.com when installed will enable you to search from a selected word in any application you are using.
drizzlein, Mar 14 2007


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