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A Method of tracking unread messages per day

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131843D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

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Abstract

Many PDA solutions have a problem when the user is not an 'Inbox Cleaner.' What generally happens is that these people collect hundreds of messages within their INBOX, and there are generally hundreds and hundreds of unread messages. Therefore the single UNREAD indicator on the device is meaningless for these people. Ideally only the last 'few' messages that are unread should be listed, but this would not work for a larger group that want ALL unread messages listed. It would also be advantageous to provide a faster way for moving around various days when looking at previous e-mail messages over several days or weeks. A solution for both types of e-mail users is required. The invention first changes the behaviour of the Date Separation line used in PDAs. The Date Separation line will become 'sticky' and stop at the top of the display until another Date Separation line appears from the buttom or top as the user scrolls. At all times, a Date Separation line can be seen by the user. On each Date Separation line will be a count of the unread messages for that day. The date separation line may be collapsed, hiding all messages that were received that day. However, the unread count for the day will still remain.

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Tracking Unread Message Counts

A Method of tracking unread messages per day

Disclosed Anonymously

Many PDA solutions have a problem when the user is not an 'Inbox Cleaner.'  What generally happens is that these people collect hundreds of messages within their INBOX, and there are generally hundreds and hundreds of unread messages.  Therefore the single UNREAD indicator on the device is meaningless for these people.  Ideally only the last 'few' messages that are unread should be listed, but this would not work for a larger group that want ALL unread messages listed.  It would also be advantageous to provide a faster way for moving around various days when looking at previous e-mail messages over several days or weeks.  A solution for both types of e-mail users is required.

The invention first changes the behaviour of the Date Separation line used in PDAs.  The Date Separation line will become 'sticky' and stop at the top of the display until another Date Separation line appears from the buttom or top as the user scrolls.  At all times, a Date Separation line can be seen by the user.  On each Date Separation line will be a count of the unread messages for that day.  The date separation line may be collapsed, hiding all messages that were received that day.  However, the unread count for the day will still remain.