IBM Highlight: Slim down webpages for Mobile Phone

Researchers at IBM have developed software called “Highlight”, that lets mobile users create slimmed-down Web pages that can be viewed more easily on a small device such as a mobile phone. IBM Web Highlights, is an software extension to the Firefox browser and was built by researchers at IBM's Almaden Research Center. Highlight lets users record […]

Researchers at IBM have developed software called “Highlight”, that lets mobile users create slimmed-down Web pages that can be viewed more easily on a small device such as a mobile phone.

IBM Web Highlights, is an software extension to the Firefox browser and was built by researchers at IBM's Almaden Research Center.

Highlight lets users record the steps required to perform a simple task on the Web, say looking up flight arrival information on a Web site. Users can "clip" sections from a Web site and then save them on another Web server, which then serves the slimmed-down pages to the mobile device.

The software lets Web surfers create their own versions of Web sites, free of the clutter that makes them hard to navigate on a small screen.

In addition to acting as a Web server for the mobile user, this second Web server actually runs a copy of the Firefox browser that fetches the data from the Web site being copied and then serves it up to the Highlight user.

Highlight works well for what developer Jeffrey Nichols calls "task-driven things"-- shopping on Amazon.com, for example, or getting local restaurant recommendations from Google Maps.

IBM Web Highlights

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