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Identification of the Author of a Note in Softcopy System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105800D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Wecker, AJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Proposed is the use of a small image of an author as an Icon for appendage on electronically transmitted notes that will give the reader of the note instant information as to the originator. The Icon could be pictorial, diagrammatic or be one of a stored series indicating the authors emotion at the reason for transmission of the note.

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Identification of the Author of a Note in Softcopy System

      Proposed is the use of a small image of an author as an Icon
for appendage on electronically transmitted notes that will give the
reader of the note instant information as to the originator.  The
Icon could be pictorial, diagrammatic or be one of a stored series
indicating the authors emotion at the reason for transmission of the
note.

      When looking at a note in a large system with many users it is
sometimes difficult to identify the author of the note by his name,
address or ID number.  This problem also exists on annotations to
hypertext and softcopy documents.  A distinctive icon would quickly
trigger the human visual cognizant faculty normally dormant when
scanning through data displayed as words or numbers.

      The solution is to include a small picture or icon representing
the author.  It is made possible today by image techniques such as:
Pyramid compression and quadpel, which can allow a small picture to
be created fast enough so that the image will appear clearly, that
is, with enough resolution.  An author could be represented by
several pictures expressing emotions (satire, anger, innocence,
surprise, etc.) that normally are very hard to express in text.
Including a picture of the author of the on electronic mail becomes
possible due to the fact that previously there did not exist the
compression technology to show the pictures rapidly and with enough
resolution on a persona...