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Color Coding of Electronic Messages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109946D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Blades, JA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This disclosure describes how electronic mail can be color coded or intensity highlighted to show classification or urgency. The system could change the color or intensity as the urgency or classification changes.

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Color Coding of Electronic Messages

      This disclosure describes how electronic mail can be color
coded or intensity highlighted to show classification or urgency.
The system could change the color or intensity as the urgency or
classification changes.

      Senders of messages frequently put some sort of urgency
statement or deadline within the context of the message.  This may be
in the form of "For your action by xx/xx/xx.", or "FYI" (For Your
Information).  The sender of the message can indicate the
"classification" (urgency factor, deadline, or FYI, etc) to the
message application.  This information could then be used by the
receiving message application to sort and/or color code the messages
in the receiver's "in-basket".  The sender could indicate a message
is very urgent, then the receiving message application could
interrupt the user.

      If the message is a phone call, the receiving message
application could change the color of the incoming phone call pop-up
window based on how many times the phone had rung, how long the phone
had been ringing, or how close the call is to being handled by the
answering machine.

      The receiving user could create a database of "important"
message senders, special message senders, etc.  This allows the
receiver to allow important messages to interrupt whatever is being
worked on at the time, even though the sender may not realize it is
important to the receiver.

      The receiving message application could sort the messages in...