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METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MOBILE AUTHORING OF FAX AND EMAIL DOCUMENTS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013774D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Mobile workers typically employ laptop computers to access information. Using desktop software products such as Lotus Notes, users can author e-mail and send faxes. However, laptops are bulky, heavy, and inconvenient.

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  METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MOBILE AUTHORING OF FAX AND EMAIL DOCUMENTS

    Mobile workers typically employ laptop computers to access information. Using desktop software products such as Lotus Notes, users can author e-mail and send faxes. However, laptops are bulky, heavy, and inconvenient.

The CrossPad enables a mobile worker to write information on a notepad, capture the handwriting, upload the handwriting to a laptop/desktop computer, perform handwriting recognition (using the InkManager software), and store that information on a desktop or laptop computer for later viewing. Copy-and-paste can be used to transfer the data to its target application. However, this application model is quite limited, because it only enables information capture, rather than information communication.

To date, there has not been any system that enables users to conveniently (and naturally) generate information for easy dissemination. Disclosed is a method and system for coupling the Cross Pad with handwriting recognition to route captured information into a variety of back-end information dissemination applications.

The proposed system employs the following steps:

The user writes on the CrossPad as usual. However, the user may use special formats to indicate the type of document. for example, at the top of the page, the user may write

E-mail To: President@whitehouse.gov Subject: Matters of the heart

or the user may write

Fax Phone: 1-202-555-1212 Attn: Mr. Clinton

The Cross Pad is coupled to a cellular modem. When the user connects the CrossPad with the server, the handwriting data is flowed via cellular modem to a proxy server.

The proxy server runs the handwriting recognition software and generates a RTF file containing the interpreted content (including figures).

A template matcher checks the interpreted file to see if a detected application pattern is matched. The template matcher operates by searching through a template database to determine whe...