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Correcting a sent message in a chat window.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035549D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jan-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system for correcting a sent message in a instant messaging conversation chat window.

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Correcting a sent message in a chat window .

Disclosed is a system for correcting a sent message in an instant messaging conversation chat window. Many users of instant messaging systems have found themselves in a situation where they have sent across the wrong information in an instant message. In the current art, the sender typically has to re-send corrected information and the receiver has to process it accordingly. In the disclosed system, the sender will be allowed to make changes to previously sent messages.

In the current state of the art, the following might be a typical instant messaging conversation:

BickyBhogal: I am a consulant.

NizamIshmael: What is that?
BickyBhogal: Sorry, I am a consultant

With the disclosed system, a user such as BickyBhogal can correct a message he sent already. When he does this, this might be shown as:

BickyBhogal: I am a consulant

NizamIshmael: What is that?

BickyBhogal: <correction>I am a consultant.</correction>

In one implementation of the disclosed system, once a correction is made, the user might be presented with a new message. In another implementation, the correction message might be highlighted and the message recipient might be given a visual notification that a correction has occurred to a previously received message. The focus of the instant messaging window might scroll up to show the change; when a subsequent instant message comes in, focus can return to the most recent instant message.

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