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Updatable Instant Messages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022096D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention is designed for instant messaging clients, such as Lotus Sametime or Yahoo's Instant Messenger; it is a method to update an incorrect line or lines of text in the instant message textbox that has already been sent in an instant message, so that the sender would not have to type additional lines to explain her original intention.

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Updatable Instant Messages

This disclosure suggests a novel feature that can be incorporated into instant messaging clients. Often times, users create typographical errors of one form or another when writing instant messages. For instance, a software developer may input the incorrect table name when asking her database administrator (DBA) a question about the database relationships; a person may mistakenly type the wrong phone number or time when setting up an appointment to meet with a co-worker at some time in the future. Currently, the only method of alleviating this problem is to enter another instant message, prefaced with a phrase like "Sorry, I meant to type .... ". However, this
method can be cumbersome, especially when the error is discovered many lines after it was written, since the context of the sentence would be lost. What is needed is a method to update a line or lines of text that have already been sent in an instant message, so that the user would not have to type additional lines to explain her original intention.

A user would highlight the portion of text already written that she would like to update or delete using a standard pointing device such as a mouse, or tablet PC pen. She would then select an option to update the instant message. In the case of adding additional text, the user would be able to select an option that marks the starting point where the new text would be added. After making her modifications, she then selects an option to send the updated instant message. This causes the instant message client on the receiver end to display the updated portions of the message according to the preferences defined in her configuration. For example, if her default background color is white, the receiver might choose to have updated portions of messages displayed with a red background color, or she might choose to have the updated portions und...