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Multi-Level Selectable Emotion Icons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110817D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique that will allow users to indicate the emotional tone that should be given a phrase or sentence by selecting an icon. Users may select an "emotional" icon that indicates whether or not they intended a joke, sarcasm or some other "flavor" from a standard set of icons. To enrich this mechanism, one may select from several "shades" of an emotional ranging, for example, from enraged to mildly annoyed. Good graphical design would be employed so that several icons would represent the steps along the scale.

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Multi-Level Selectable Emotion Icons

      Disclosed is a technique that will allow users to indicate the
emotional tone that should be given a phrase or sentence by selecting
an icon.  Users may select an "emotional" icon that indicates whether
or not they intended a joke, sarcasm or some other "flavor" from a
standard set of icons.  To enrich this mechanism, one may select from
several "shades" of an emotional ranging, for example, from enraged
to mildly annoyed.  Good graphical design would be employed so that
several icons would represent the steps along the scale.

      The number and contents of these dimensions would vary from
culture to culture, but could generally be represented by Osgood's
Semantic Differential.  The dimensions would be overlaid to present
an "emotion palette" or represented as a series of mutually exclusive
sliders.

      The emotional ranges would be linked to variations in color.
For example, an anger dimension could vary from brilliant scarlet to
slightly pink.  The author would have the ability to select the
amount of text that should be tinted in that shade, thereby
indicating the portion of the document to which the emotion icon
pertained.

      In addition, the author may attach a word or phrase selected
from a list of terms that gives a more precise definition of their
intention.  Readers, then, would be able to interact with the
descriptors at two levels.  First, the indication of the emotion by
the standard ico...