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Graphical Phone Message Log

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106330D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

When users check their phone messages, they don't know how long each message is going to be. It would frequently be advantageous to know how long each message is, as the user begins listening to it. If it is not a critical message, and the user knows it is a long message, he/she might opt to skip it for now and go on to the next one. However, if it is short, even though it is not critical, the user might opt to hear the whole message now. However, there is no way to tell how long each message will be.

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Graphical Phone Message Log

      When users check their phone messages, they don't know how long
each message is going to be.  It would frequently be advantageous to
know how long each message is, as the user begins listening to it.
If it is not a critical message, and the user knows it is a long
message, he/she might opt to skip it for now and go on to the next
one.  However, if it is short, even though it is not critical, the
user might opt to hear the whole message now.  However, there is no
way to tell how long each message will be.

      This system adds a new graphical End User Interface (EUI)
control called the Phone Message Log (PML), which surfaces a window
showing how many phone messages are being held, and the length of
each one in bar chart format.  As messages are received, the system
records their lengths, and updates the PML window and bars.  Then
when the user listens to messages, one eye is kept on the bar for
that message.  This way, the user can make an informed decision
whether or not he/she should listen to it all now, or go on to the
next message.

New features and advantages of this system include:

o   Length of phone messages surfaced in graphic format.

o   The system automatically updates the scale of the chart(e.g., 0
    to minutes), based upon the length of the longestmessage in the
    queue.