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Grid Table based multi-subject chat room system

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198639D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-11
Document File: 9 page(s) / 213K

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Abstract

In chatroom system, normally, there was no chairman, the people could talk about anything what they want, "off the subject" is very common. This article introduce Grid Table based multi-subject chat room system to solve this problem. This system will still display messages in a Grid Table within the window, it could help user to easy understand all subjects with single attention and focus. This system refer to some concepts, include : Grid Table based chat room, subject thread Tab, subject thread life cycle, off the subject thread, main subject thread, inactive subject thread.

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1.1 What's chat room

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The primary use of a chat room is to share information via text with a group of other users . Generally speaking, the ability to converse with multiple people in the same conversation differentiates chat rooms from instant messaging programs , which are more typically designed for one-to-one communication. The users in a particular chat room are generally connected via a shared interest or other similar connection, and chat rooms exist catering for a wide range of subjects .

IBM provide the chat room in Lotus Sametime Advanced , and we also have chance to use QQ -group, MSN-group, etc to collaborate with our friends and colleagues.

1.2 The trouble during the usage of chat room

Normally, there was no chairman in chat room , the people could talk about anything what they want , "off the subject" is very common. Also, since it's a place for free chat, any subject could be the main subject of chat room , so "

""off the current subject

off the current subject " maybe a better

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       11:: A very common circumstances -- "off the subject " in chat room
You could see, some people talk about the "Ku'erle's restaurant" in QQ-Qun, at the same time, some people jump to another topic -- "dinner in Beijing Sakuia in next week "

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Current subject should be the subject, which most of the message talk about in current time But, the mixed message will make it not easy to read , understand and follow.....

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1.3 The lack of existing possible solutions
1.3.1 The lack of "Start private chat using chat room or other instant messaging tool "

The transcript would not expose to all member of the chat room , but it's still useful for them. And,all transcript should be the "asset of the chat room". And, if someone have interest on that topic , he maybe missed in new chat .
1.3.2 The lack of "Start a new window for chat include all member of chat room "

It will take away the attention and focus , if someone like and want to be active in more than one topic . It was not a effective way for the user to use and manage .
1.3.3 The lack of "Include the member name of topic name in messaging "

Yes, you could type as "To Joyce, .....", or "About Sakuia Beijing, .......", but it's still hard toread and understanding .

2.1 Summary of Invention

This invention will introduce Grid Table based multi -subject chat room system .

This system will still display messages in a Grid Table within the window , it could help user to easy understand all subjects with single attention and focus.

This system refer to some concepts , include : Grid Table based chat room , subject thread Tab, subject thread life cycle , off the subject thread, main subject thread, inactive subject thread.

2.2 Grid Table based chat room UI and subject thread Tab

In this invention, the chat room w...