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Sender-Specified Multimedia Executable Object for Recipient Alert

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104374D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 112K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barrett, GV: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

In today's electronic mail computing environment, files, notes, messages, documents and many other forms of data are sent to users on an ever increasing scale. The methods of notification of the arrival of these items at the recipient's workstation are limited in nature. For instance, a system may notify the recipient by presenting a special arrival icon or by sounding an alarm. However, what is needed is a versatile means of notification that can be easily created by the sender and sent to a recipient along with any traditional mail object(s).

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Sender-Specified Multimedia Executable Object for Recipient Alert

      In today's electronic mail computing environment, files, notes,
messages, documents and many other forms of data are sent to users on
an ever increasing scale.  The methods of notification of the arrival
of these items at the recipient's workstation are limited in nature.
For instance, a system may notify the recipient by presenting a
special arrival icon or by sounding an alarm.  However, what is
needed is a versatile means of notification that can be easily
created by the sender and sent to a recipient along with any
traditional mail object(s).

      This invention describes a flexible software technique that
allows the sender to select the means of notifying a recipient from
several multimedia options, construct the notification object,
optionally attach it to any traditional information mail items (e.g.,
a note or document) send it and the mail item(s) to one or more
recipients and play it at receiving machines.  This notification
object is then executed when received on the recipient's machine,
thus, notifying the recipient.

      This invention allows the sender of information to select the
means of notifying the recipient from a menu of multimedia options.
These options include:

1.  Executable programs that display animated characters and action
2.  Executable programs that display more traditional EUI type
    messages and dialogs in GUI style

      When one of these options is selected, the executable program
is attached to the data stream that is to be sent to the recipient on
the network.

1.  Text that is converted into digitized or analog voice output

      When this option is selected, text is converted into a
digitized voice output object that is then attached to the output
data stream.

1.  Sound recordings, i.e., the sender's voice, music, animal sounds,
    etc. that are converted into digitized or analog output.

      When this option is selected, the sender records a voice
message or song to be converted into digitized output and appended to
the outbound data stream.  This option also allows the sender to
select prerecorded songs or messages.

1.  Controls that trigger the receiving workstation feature (e.g.,
    activate the beeper)

      When this option is selected, the control object that is
understood by the recipient workstation is attached to the outbound
datastream.

This invention consists of several components:

      The Sender Specification Component is executed either directly
by the sender or via a mail system exit.  Its purpose is to display,
via an EUI, the list of notification options.  All options allow the
user to select previously built and saved objects from personal or
corporate libraries.  For example, if the sender selects the sound
recording option, he can then select a previously recorded sound
object from one of the libraries.  However, using the same option the
user ca...