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Title Bar Telephone Notification and Answer Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111600D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Williams, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

Current software telephone answering services allow for pop-up windows to appear on a user's graphical desktop. These services, typically, pop up a window that displays the calling party's identity and number, e.g., ROLM 242 PC. Unfortunately, these systems disregard current desktop activity. They often pop up over current windows, or can pop up where they are not fully visible. In addition, if a user decides not to answer the calling party, the user must subsequently dial the telephone number, i.e., no previous reference is left behind for the unanswered call. Users desire a method by which their desktop is not obstructed by pop-up telephone windows. Users desire methods whereby they are assured of notification of calls, i.e., the pop-up telephone window is not obstructed.

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Title Bar Telephone Notification and Answer Mechanism

      Current software telephone answering services allow for pop-up
windows to appear on a user's graphical desktop.  These services,
typically, pop up a window that displays the calling party's identity
and number, e.g., ROLM 242 PC.  Unfortunately, these systems
disregard current desktop activity.  They often pop up over current
windows, or can pop up where they are not fully visible.  In
addition, if a user decides not to answer the calling party, the user
must subsequently dial the telephone number, i.e., no previous
reference is left behind for the unanswered call.  Users desire a
method by which their desktop is not obstructed by pop-up telephone
windows.  Users desire methods whereby they are assured of
notification of calls, i.e., the pop-up telephone window is not
obstructed.  In addition, users desire rapid methods for subsequently
dialing an unanswered call.

      Provided is a method whereby the user can define a criteria by
which incoming telephone information can update the title bar of the
program group of the currently focused window.  Prior techniques
addressed expired documents updating the title bar or methods for
locating minimized windows within the title bar.  This method
addresses a more pressing problem of telephone call notification and
access.  Users need a method to determine who is calling without
obstructing the current desktop view.  Upon the incoming call meeting
the user criteria, the title bar will be updated with the caller's
name, phone number, and any other information specified by the
recipient (i.e., information which can be displayed within...