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Use of Sound on Alert Notification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109531D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bower, RA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes a method for a User Agent (UA) to notify the user with a different sound based on the type of Alert that was received.

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Use of Sound on Alert Notification

       This article describes a method for a User Agent (UA) to
notify the user with a different sound based on the type of Alert
that was received.

      X.400 is the international standard for electronic mail.  This
standard defines a Message Store (MS) and a User Agent (UA).  The
alert operation is used by the MS to communicate to the UA that new
mail has arrived.

      The criteria that are used by the MS to generate Alerts are
defined by the user at the UA.  These alert criteria have no means
for associating a sound with them.  By creating several different
types of alert notification sounds (high beep, low beep, two beeps,
etc.), it becomes possible to allow the UA to issue a specific sound
based on the type of the alert.

      For example, the user might define the following:
  Filter                               Tone Indicator
  priority=urgent and subject=x.400    single high
  sensitivity=private                  single low
  originator=manager                   two low

      This would then allow the UA to process the alert and give a
sound indicator for the type of mail that was received.  With this
method, the sound indicator would help to inform a user what type of
mail had just been received.

      This solution offers several advantages.  The first is that it
conforms to the X.400 standards.  A second advantage is t...