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Web Personalization: Method of Combining a Personal Font with Internet Messages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016152D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Aug-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 4 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Internet mail messages are rendered and displayed using fonts that are pre-installed on an operating system. Message creators are unable to personalize their messages with their own operating system independent personal font. The following describes a method of combining a person's personal font with message text so that the resulting personalized message may be composed, sent, received, and viewed.

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  Web Personalization: Method of Combining a Personal Font with Internet Messages

Internet mail messages are rendered and displayed using fonts that are pre-installed on an operating system. Message creators are unable to personalize their messages with their own operating system independent personal font. The following describes a method of combining a person's personal font with message text so that the resulting personalized message may be composed, sent, received, and viewed.

People/organizations/entities who receive messages over the Internet, will be able to perceive aspects of the message sender's personality as conveyed through the sender's rendered personal font. Messages can be identified visually as having come from a particular person.

Internet mail messages are packaged using a Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) content type of 'text', and subtype of 'plain'. However, this MIME type does not allow a person to specify a font to use when the message is composed.

The MIME type 'text/html' does allow a font to be specified. Normally, only fonts that are located on the message sender's computer system, or the message receiver's computer system are used when the text is rendered. However, an embedded font may be specified in HTML using a STYLE element. This allows a font to be specified using a Uniform Resource Locator (URL), where the font is located on a remote server. The dependency on a remote server has several disadvantages:

The remote server may not be available. The font either never existed or no longer exists on the remote server. The font is not available when a person is detached from the remote server, such as when the person is working offline.

Usage Scenario

The usage scenario of the described method is:

A person opens an editing application in order to create a message. The person locates his or her own previously created personal font. The person creates and edits the message text. The message composition application behaves as a text editor, and uses the person's personal font when rendering the composed message text. An e-mail or messaging application is used to e-mail or send the composed message. The messaging application combines the text and personal font with a message header to form a message.

The message is sent to a message receiver. The message is received by a message client. A person views the message using a message viewer. The message viewer displays the message using the personal font of the message sender.

MIME Type

The MIME content type of 'text' with subtype of 'personalfont' is defined here. This MIME type has the following parts:

Message text Personal font definition

The 'text/personalfont' MIME type is allowed to be one part of a multipart MIME type of type 'multipart/alternative', where other parts such as of MIME type 'text/plain', or 'text/html' may be included.

The format of the text and the format of the personal font definition may be different from each other.

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