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Apple Patent Details QuickLook for Safari

Apple Patent Details QuickLook for Safari

Posted October 2, 2008 at 11:01am by iClarified
In a new patent filing Apple describes a QuickLook features which previews whatever content your cursor points to.

The filing is entitled, "Cursor for Presenting Information Regarding Target".

In a graphical user interface, when a cursor is positioned over an icon or link associated with a target, the appearance of the cursor changes to present information describing or related to the target. Such information can include, for example, an excerpt of the contents of the target, and/or meta-data for the target, and/or an indication of what application or applications may be used to open the target. The information presented in the cursor can be shown in graphical form or in text form, or in a combination of both.

As an example of this in action, Apple includes images of a Google search with a thumbnail of the target site displayed when you hover over a link.

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Apple Patent Details QuickLook for Safari

Apple Patent Details QuickLook for Safari

Note*: I am unsure why Apple included images of IE rather then Safari...
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Agent CatstiX
Agent CatstiX - October 3, 2008 at 1:05pm
Using MS Internet Exploder instead of Safari demonstrates the feature as being an OS thing, not a browser/application specific thing. Nice.
zero - October 2, 2008 at 12:46pm
those images are fake of course. I think that quicklook is a bit of unnecessary for a web page
t11chb - October 2, 2008 at 12:15pm
This has been done atleast 2 years ago by ask.com
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