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ADAPTIVE SPECIAL FORMAT BASED ON MESSAGE LENGTH

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008229D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 111K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Mark Wickham: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

"Special formatting" refers to a pager's ability to add characters to a received numeric message, if the message is assumed to be a telephone number, in order to improve the readability of that number.

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ADAPTIVE SPECIAL FORMAT BASED ON MESSAGE LENGTH

by Mark Wickham, aatland Phillipe, Mark Patton

  "Special formatting" refers to a pager's ability to add characters to a received numeric message, if the message is assumed to be a telephone number, in order to improve the readability of that number.

  Current pagers are designed to format numeric messages for readability when the numeric message is of seven or ten characters in length. When such a pager receives a numeric message which is exactly seven digits in length, it inserts a dash (-) between the third and fourth digit. When the pager receives a message which is exactly ten digits in length, the pager may insert other characters such as "(", ")", " '0 and "-" in the message before display.

For example, if the message 1234567 were received by such a pager, the display would be:

1123-4567

If the message 1234567890 were received , the display would be:

~123-456-7890r~J

In each case, the pager assumed the numeric message represented a North American telephone

number because of the number of digits in the message and it inserted the proper punctuation before display. Current pagers have a fixed algorithm which is based on the North American telephone system numbering plan.

  With the growth of paging in areas other than North America, an adaptive formatting algorithm is needed. Such an algorithm would allow the pager to be programmed so that the inserted characters and their position within the message are programma- ble. The pager could contain algorithms for various numbering plans and these algorithms could be identified by country.

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Example algorithm for a particular country:

if message length is a insert character b at position c else if message length is d insert character e at position f else if message length is g insert character h at position I, character j at position k
else
display message as received

  In addition to analysis based on message length, formatting decisions can also be based on message content. Numbering plan rules for paging are defined and adhered to throughout many regions of the world.

For example,

if message length = 8, add I space after any first digit which = 9

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