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SMART MESSAGE READ INDICATOR

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008697D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jul-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Rich White: AUTHOR

Abstract

With current two-way pagers such as the TangoTM and PageFinderTM by Motorola, a user can preview and read messages that have been received by the pager. To preview a received message, the user enters a preview screen where the first I5 or so characters of each message (depending on the width of the display and other factors) can be seen.

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m MOTOROLA Technical Developments

SMART MESSAGE READ INDICATOR

by Rich White

  With current two-way pagers such as the TangoTM and PageFinderTM by Motorola, a user can preview and read messages that have been received by the pager. To preview a received message, the user enters a preview screen where the first I5 or so characters of each message (depending on the width of the display and other factors) can be seen.

  Figure 1 shows an example of a preview screen that shows the first 15 characters of messages 7 l-73 in a pager. The bullet (*) symbol next to message 7 1 indicates that the user has read this message. Messages 72 and 73 do not have a bullet next to them indicating that they are unread messages.

message by scrolling down one message and then pressing the gl key. Once the user has read messages 72 and 73 in this manner, they will be marked by a bullet icon on the preview screen as shown in the following figure.

073: Reply from CHRI l 72:555-1212
l 71:Do you want to V

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Fig. 2 Preview Screen with No Unread Messages

  In the case of message 72, however, the user can see the complete text of the message from the preview screen because the entire message is less than I5 characters (the preview length). In this case, it is an inconvenience for the user to have to go through the exercise of reading the message (i.e. pressing the El key) before the pager marks it as being read. To alleviate this inconvenience, the user interface software in the pager can be m...