IBM automates common web processes

IBM has unveiled an online service for recording step-by-step processes that web users do on a regular basis. The system automatically runs processes, eliminating repetitive or mundane tasks for the user.

IBM has unveiled an online service for recording step-by-step processes that web users do on a regular basis. The system automatically runs processes, eliminating repetitive or mundane tasks for the user.

Created at the IBM Almaden Research Center and available on alphaWorks, IBM's online community, CoScripter is a service that enables users to go to a Website, capture their actions as a "script" that can automatically perform those tasks, and share that information with other users.

CoScripter simplifies processes on the web such as checking e-mail, checking flight arrival times and status, or searching for Wi-Fi hotspots in the area. The service uses a technique called "programming by demonstration" to capture the steps of a process by watching people do it and recording those steps into a script.

The scripts are integrated with a wiki, so they are easily shared with other users.

"This new service is an effective means of giving time back to users who have generally lost many hours repeatedly going through the same motions when using the web," said Kathy Mandelstein, director of worldwide developer programs for IBM. "CoScripter not only makes it easier for users to take advantage of the internet, but it also encourages community and the sharing of information through the web."

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