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SELECTIVE DELETION WITHIN A MESSAGE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006875D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 99K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Bradley A. Murray: AUTHOR

Abstract

Alphanumeric paging receivers have the capability to receive, store and display lengthy alphanumeric mes- sages. TypicaIIy large portions of these lengthy messages are only required for immediate action while the remain- der of the message is required for action at a later time. An example of this type of message would be as follows.

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m MOTOROLA INC. Technical Developments Volume 19 June 1993

SELECTIVE DELETION WITHIN A MESSAGE

by Bradley A. Murray

   Alphanumeric paging receivers have the capability to receive, store and display lengthy alphanumeric mes- sages. TypicaIIy large portions of these lengthy messages are only required for immediate action while the remain- der of the message is required for action at a later time. An example of this type of message would be as follows.

TOM, I HAVE TO GO HOME BECAUSE MY SON IS SICK. CAN YOU CALL JIM FOR ME AND TELL HIM I CAN'T MEET WITH HIM UNTIL TOMORROW MORN- ING. WlTH ANY LUCK I SHOULD MAKE IT IN IF BILLY CAN GO BACK TO SCHOOL TOMORROW. JIM WILL BE IN THIS AFTERNOON AS USUAL. HE'S AT 555-6767. THANKS, LINDA.

  As can be seen by this example, a large portion of the message is only required for immediate action (i.e. Linda is going home and should be in tomorrow). Only a small portion of the message is required for action at a later time (i.e. call Jim this afternoon at 555-6787).

  Upon receiving this alphanumeric message, the pager user reads the message and determines that a call must be made in the afternoon. In the afternoon the user must scroll through the entire message to retrieve the num- ber that needs to be called. Since alphanumeric pagers can only display a portion of a message at a time, it becomes cumbersome and time consuming to retrieve the telephone number in this manner. In addition, pag- ing receivers have a limited amount of memory availa- ble for storing messages. The example message given would take up valuable memory space while only a small portion of the message is actually worth storing in memory.

  This invention would allow a user to delete all text characters (including punctuation) from a stored mes- sage while retaining all numeric characters in memory.

In the first embodiment the user selects the "delete text" command horn the pager's menu to permanently delete all text characters from a selected message stored in the pager's memory. This would allow more message mem- ory to become available for future received messages while allowing easier retrieval of the imp...