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Preview Online Pages Universal Page Standard - POP-UPS

A standard that allows web publishers to create the pop-up preview that shows up on links.

The Preview Online Pages Universal Page Standard (POPUPS) gives the power to web site publishers and bloggers to control the preview pop up that shows up when their site's pages are linked to. A web site publisher can make sure their pages use simple standards that can be pulled automatically for preview pop ups over the hyperlinks to their site. Unlike RSS newsfeeds that need non-HTML pages, the new standard fits right into the (X)HTML of the actual web page.

And the new standard is simple, open and based on many existing and widely adopted standards. Easy to develop tools will show a popup over a simple link when a cursor hovers over it, and in the popup will be information grabbed in real time from the page linked to. The publisher of the the linked to page will be able to enhance the preview by adopting the Preview Online Page Universal Page Standard (POP UPS).

The standard will include the title of the page, some metadata Dublin Core standards, an optional link to an media file of either a snap shot of the page, logo or embeddable video file, an excerpt of the page, related links and contact information. Even the standard for indicating an RSS feed in a web page is a piece of the POP UPS standard so the preview can even allow subscribing to the linked page's site RSS news feed.

The standards for the linked page are straightforward and make sense for any web page. First, each page should be in valid XHTML (see: W3C Validator ). Then there should be a set of header information including title that is included. Optionally there may be microformats for contacts, related links and other relevant information (see: Microformats).

In addition, there is a lightweight standard for the pages that include the links for which there will be preview popups. Any tool that is written to produce the popups will know what part of the page should allow for pop ups and even how to suppress popups for individual links or for web site visitors.

Some of the uses will be to super charge site maps for web sites. Usually site maps are long lists of links with little about each link, but with POPUPS the site map will be much more dynamic. And applications beyond preview popups can be developed using the same standard, such as RSS feeds that are created dynamically from links on a web page (by grabbing the data in the POPUP standard an RSS newsfeed can be created from links to web pages across many sites). And using POPUPS standard will enhance search engine optimization.


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