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Variable length of unread to read conversion based on subject content

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010308D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Nov-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Variable length of unread to read conversion based on subject content

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Variable length of unread to read conversion based on subject content

In most mail applications, the view that shows the titles or subjects of e-mails marks the items as either "read" or "unread". The conversion from "read" to "unread" happens automatically when the email is opened or viewed in a separate panel. Some applications allow you to set a fixed delay before the conversion takes place.

The problem is that some messages, especially in newsgroups, only have 1 sentence worth of content, and can be read quickly, while others have pages of information that take longer to "preview".

The concept behind this disclosure is to allow a variable time for the length of conversion from read to unread based on the length of content in a message. For example, if a message being previewed by a user while navigating through messages in a newsgroup is 2 pages long, the user could preview the message for a user-definable delay period (perhaps up to four seconds) before the message would automatically be marked as "read". As a further example, if a reply to that post is a simple "I agree", the conversion could be made to occur almost immediately (perhaps within a user-definable delay period up to 0.5 seconds).

Disclosed by International Business Machines Corporation

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