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A New Method - Initiate Group Chat Windows in Instant Message Tools and Chat feature in website

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200450D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-14
Document File: 9 page(s) / 250K

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Abstract

In this article, we describe a method which provides a convenient way to manage multi user chat windows and group chat windows in Instant Message tools and chat feature in website. This method provides a new way to initiate group chat window by dragging and droping tab to another tab. Tabs could be merged into one tab, and also people in the group chat tab could be moved out to be a new tab. The group chat windows have the similar usage as the single chat window.

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-- Initiate Group Chat Windows in Instant Message Tools and Chat feature in website

Initiate Group Chat Windows in Instant Message Tools and Chat feature in website

When user chats with others using Instant Message (IM) (For example, Lotus Sametime, Windows Live Message,etc.), he has to open a separate window to chat with different people. If user wants to initiate a group chat window, he has to open a chat with someone and then invite others to

join the group chat.

When user chats with others through chat function in websites(For example, Facebook, taobao.com,etc.), he has to open separate tabs. Right now there're no group chat function.

This method provides a new way to manage multi-user chat windows and initiate group chat window by drag and drop the tabs. Users could start a group chat by dragging and dropping tab to another tab. Tabs could be merged into one tab, and also people in the group chat tab could be moved out to be a new tab. Then the group chat windows have the similar usage as the single chat window.

The method provides a convenient way to manage multi user chat windows and group chat windows in Instant Message tools and chat feature in website.
a. In this new method, all separate chat windows will be integrated in one window which has a navigation tab at the top of it. Every chat window can be activated by clicking the corresponding tab.
b. Users could initiate group chat by drag and drop the tab to merge with another tab. Users could also add other participants into the group chat window in two ways: 1) drag and drop the tab of the target person to the group chat tab. 2) drag the name of the target person to the group chat window. They could also remove participants out of the overall window in two ways: 1) drag and drop the name of the target person to the tab bar, and then there will be a new single chat window with a tab in the tab bar. 2) Drag the name of the target person out of the overall window, and then the target person will be removed from the chat window.

c. Initiate group chat by putting people together which conform the reality scene. It is intuitive for the users, like put several people together to have a group chat.
d. Provide a way to initiate group chat in websites.

Part 1. Instant Message Tool (IM)

In this part, we take Lotus Sametime as an example to explain how this method works.

A New Method

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Figure1. The Overall Window with Tab Bar

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