Re: development track for "where-it-says" [patented?]

Dan Connolly (
Wed, 29 Oct 1997 14:36:35 -0600

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Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 14:36:35 -0600
From: Dan Connolly <>
To: Al Gilman <>
CC: Larry Masinter <>,,
Subject: Re: development track for "where-it-says" [patented?]

Al Gilman wrote:
> To do a little forward thinking, and follow up on what Larry Masinter said:
> > The "#fragment" notation is only used for named components.
> >
> Makes a lot of sense to me.
> My initial stab at syntax for "where-it-says" was a
> searchpart along the lines of ...?find="string-to-match" .

Would you please research the www-talk archives or whatever
to find the earliest dicussion of this technique that you can
find? I have recently
been informed that there is a patent application[1] out
on this idea. I'm appalled that Nielsen would claim
credit for this idea, which has been kicked around on
public mailing lists for years.

Yikes! Issued Aug 19 1997?

[1] 659729 : Method and system for
implementing hypertext scroll attributes 
INVENTORS: Nielsen; Jakob, Atherton, CA
ASSIGNEES: Sun Microsystems, Inc., Mountain View, CA
ISSUED: Aug. 19, 1997
FILED: Feb. 1 , 1996

Dan Connolly, W3C Architecture Domain Lead