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Pull Down Menu to Select From a Standard List of Commonly Used Reply Phrases to a Message

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130447D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 8K

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Abstract

When a message is received (email or SMS) on a mobile device, it may be required to make an immediate response, but it may not be possible or desirable to type a message. Examples include sitting in a meeting or walking. Often replies are standard in nature, for example:

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PICK LIST OF QUICK REPLIES TO MESSAGE

Pull Down Menu to Select From a Standard List of Commonly Used Reply Phrases to a Message

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When a message is received (email or SMS) on a mobile device, it may be required to make an immediate response, but it may not be possible or desirable to type a message.  Examples include sitting in a meeting or walking.  Often replies are standard in nature, for example:

“I'm currently away from my desk but I will respond to you later today”

“I agree”

“I disagree”

“Proceed”

“Yes”

“No”

“I'm on my way”

“I'll be there in 10 minutes”

etc.

Currently, there is no easy way to do this on a mobile device.

One plausible solution is to modify the user interface (UI) to include a menu selection that would operate as follows:

1.      Open message. 

2.      Read message. 

3.      Click to get pull down menu. 

4.      Scroll down menu to select "Quick reply" or "Quick reply to all"

This opens a window with a number (e.g., 12) that is programmed with a preconfigured response to the message.  The user would scroll down the list with the thumbwheel and select the appropriate reply (e.g. "I'm on my way"). 

The preconfigured list could be a default list programmed in the OS and/or could be edited by the user. The benefits of this feature are it is quick (no typing required) and easy (can be done with one handed.)