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MESSAGE ABBREVIATION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006876D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Feb-07
Document File: 3 page(s) / 110K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Bradley A. Murray: AUTHOR

Abstract

Page entry products, such as the AlphaMate prod- uct, allow a user to enter and send alphanumeric mes- sages to paging systems and ultimately to a pager. As with any message transmitted over the air, the longer the message, the longer the air-time and therefore the more it would cost to send. The same long message also uses a larger amount of the limited memory availa- ble in a pager. A typical message that a user may wish to send could be as follows.

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MO-LA INC. Technical Developments Volume 19 June 1993

MESSAGE ABBREVIATION

by Bradley A. Murray

  Page entry products, such as the AlphaMate prod- uct, allow a user to enter and send alphanumeric mes- sages to paging systems and ultimately to a pager. As with any message transmitted over the air, the longer the message, the longer the air-time and therefore the more it would cost to send. The same long message also uses a larger amount of the limited memory availa- ble in a pager. A typical message that a user may wish to send could be as follows.

Bob, I have sent a copy of the agreement to Jim and Rick. I advised them it is a very competitive busi- ness to enter. I also attached a copy of the synthe- sizer frequencies needed for the system. Steve.

  This example message contains 200 characters including spaces. Therefore, a paging system would need to transmit 200 characters and a pager would need to store 200 characters so that a pager user can benefit from this message. It would be advantageous to reduce the amount of air-time for a message and reduce the amount of memory used to store the message in the pager while maintaining the full content of the message.

  To obtain these results, a word abbreviation algo- rithm could be used at the page entry device to auto- matically abbreviate predetermined words before being sent to a pager. This algorithm may be based upon a known set of abbreviations such as is published in the Catalog of Abbreviations and Brevity Codes or can be customized for specific applications. The user can enter any message in the full word format and the algorithm would then automatically abbreviate the appropriate

words before sending the message to a paging terminal and ultimately transmitting the message to a pager. The above example message would appear as follows when displayed by the pager after the message abbreviation algorithm was used at the page entry device.

Bob, I've snt a cpy of the agrm...