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AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON ANALYZING A WEBPAGE - This application from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of...extracting information blocks from a webpage based on text and visual layout! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help.
TITLE: Webpage extraction through page structure and sentences
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] A system for extracting entities in a webpage using a text understanding component and a visual layout extraction" component.
- Publication Number: US 20110078554 A1
- Application Number: 12/569,912
- Assignee: Microsoft, Inc.
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating Sep 30, 2009
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
In a computing environment, a system comprising, at least one processor, a memory communicatively coupled to the at least one processor and including components comprising, a framework configured to process a webpage to understand one or more entities of the webpage, the framework including
a text understanding component and
a structure understanding component,
the text understanding component configured to provide text-related data to the structure understanding component,
the structure understanding component configured to use the text-related data and visual layout features of the webpage to produce a labeled block,
the text understanding component configured to use the labeled block to understand text of the one or more entities.
In English this means:
A system for processing a webpage, comprising:
A text understanding component; and
A visual layout ("structure") understanding component; where
The text component provides data to the visual layout component; and
The visual layout component produces a labeled block based on the visual layout and the text; and
The text understanding component uses the labeled block to "understand" the text of an entity on the webpage
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to the Sep 30, 2009.
"A natural language processing framework for labeling webpages” from Microsoft
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