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"While You Were Out" PC Messages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099908D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brewer, SC: AUTHOR

Abstract

This disclosure is intended to provide a means of fast, short message transmission from user to user on an icon-based workstation. Unlike mail, the phone message is pre-formatted, has a limited size, and takes priority on the system.

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"While You Were Out" PC Messages

       This disclosure is intended to provide a means of fast,
short message transmission from user to user on an icon-based
workstation.  Unlike mail, the phone message is pre-formatted, has a
limited size, and takes priority on the system.

      The icon used on the main office window is shown in Fig. 1.  It
is a telephone with a message-waiting indicator (the small open
square in the lower right-hand corner of the phone). When no messages
have been received, the message-waiting indicator is clear (Fig. 2).

      To send a message, the user opens the telephone and is
presented with the "While You Were Out" note shown in Fig. 3.  The
user marks the option(s) desired, keys in a brief message, and sends
the message.

      On the receiving end, the user's message-waiting indicator
darkens, and the workstation beeps.  To review the message sent, the
user opens the phone and is shown the messages waiting.  Multiple
messages are stacked as shown in Fig. 4.  The user selects one by
clicking on the top line of the message shown.

      Options such as reply, dial, etc., may be provided with the use
of pulldowns.  Save, delete, forward and other mail functions could
also be made available.

      If possible, the number of messages being held can be displayed
underneath the icon.  The message-waiting indicator will only be "on"
when new messages have been received but not viewed.

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