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Graphical Phone Message Log Manipulator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104758D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

When users check their phone messages, they often need to rewind or fast-forward to different points in the message, but the only means available is a manual button on the phone that moves the user backwards by a fixed number of seconds, usually 5 or 10. The user needs a graphical means of presentation and navigation through each call that would allow immediate movement to any point in the audio message.

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Graphical Phone Message Log Manipulator

      When users check their phone messages, they often need to
rewind or fast-forward to different points in the message, but the
only means available is a manual button on the phone that moves the
user backwards by a fixed number of seconds, usually 5 or 10.  The
user needs a graphical means of presentation and navigation through
each call that would allow immediate movement to any point in the
audio message.

      This system adds a new graphical End User Interface (EUI)
control called the Phone Message Log (PML) manipulator, which
surfaces a window which represents each queued message as a
scrollable bar.  As the user listens to a message, the user can
graphically see the progression through the message as its bar is
filled.  Furthermore, if the user wants to move to a different part
of that message (or another message), he/she manipulates the bar with
the mouse, similar to the way he/she would use a horizontal scroll
bar.  Clicking on any bar causes that message to initiate, at that
specified point in the message.  Likewise, moving the filled portion
of a bar causes that message to move forward or backward to the
desired point.

New Features include:

o   Length of phone messages surfaced in graphic format.
o   Visual indication of progression through the listening of each
    message.
o   The system automatically updates the scale of the chart (e.g. 0
    to 10 minutes), based upon the length of the longe...