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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126844D
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

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Abstract

The message board on a handheld communications device becomes quickly cluttered. With many possible messages received, it is not always possible to keep current. Sorting through messages to find the ones that are important to the user at any given moment can be a challenge. The proposed invention provides an alternative way of organizing messages in the message list. By sorting all of the messages according to thread using the Subject field, and by then providing a mechanism to collapse and subsequently expand each individual thread, the number of items displayed in the message list can be significantly reduced. A message thread that is of lower importance can be collapsed, even as new messages are added to the thread, and then expanded at a later time when the user is ready to review the contents of the thread. This invention can apply equally well to an email client on a personal computer or to a handheld communication device.

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The message board on a handheld communications device becomes quickly cluttered.  With many possible messages received, it is not always possible to keep current.  Sorting through messages to find the ones that are important to the user at any given moment can be a challenge.

The proposed invention provides an alternative way of organizing messages in the message list.  By sorting all of the messages according to thread using the Subject field, and by then providing a mechanism to collapse and subsequently expand each individual thread, the number of items displayed in the message list can be significantly reduced. 

A message thread that is of lower importance can be collapsed, even as new messages are added to the thread, and then expanded at a later time when the user is ready to review the contents of the thread.  This invention can apply equally well to an email client on a personal computer or to a handheld communication device.