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Method and System for Showing Email Thread Responses Chronology as a Transparencies Slide Show

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201097D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-08
Document File: 4 page(s) / 54K

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Abstract

A method and system for showing email thread responses chronology as a transparencies slide show is disclosed.

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Method and System for Showing Email Thread Responses Chronology as a Transparencies Slide Show

Docket No. CAM8-2010-0073

Disclosed is a method and system for showing email thread responses chronology as a transparencies slide show.

Email clients provide users with the ability to respond to emails as an email thread. Typically, multiple emails belonging to an email thread are distinguished from each other by using text formatting or by using different colors for each email. However, as the number of emails in an email thread increases, it becomes difficult for a user to differentiate between different emails.

The method and system disclosed herein provides efficient ordering of emails in an email thread by chronologically augmenting email metadata. Response to a previous email is rendered on top of the previous email as a separate layer. Transparency level of the layer is adjusted to display or hide other emails in the email thread. Different transparency levels of each layer in a thread allow a user to format an email using any text color or highlighting pattern. In a scenario, when emails sent by two or more users have the same formatting or color, layers with different transparency levels allow easy distinction between the two or more emails. A user may adjust the transparency level of a layer to view the current email and the preceding emails while hiding all the subsequent emails.

In accordance with an instance of the method and system disclosed, a name of the sender of the email and the time at which emails are sent may also be displayed. The displayed sender names and the time at which the emails are sent allow a user to view the evolution of the email thread over time.

In response to selecting a layer by a user, the content of the email corresponding to the layer may be directly displayed to the user or contextual information such as, name of the sender or the time at which the email was sent may be displayed to the user as a dialog box.

Each layer of the email thread has a parent child relationship. An email in response to a previous email in an email thread acts as a child of the previous email. Relational data may be extracted from the metadata of the emails. Relational data may include chronological data, data corresponding to the sender of the email, and email header threading information. The layers are dynamically generated using the metadata and based on the thread to which each layer belongs. In cases where metadata for an

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email is not available, metadata information may be rebuilt from other emails in the email thread. Metadata information may also be derived by comparing contents of an email with the contents of a previous email in the thread. Any difference between the contents may be attributed to the email sender and the missing metadata may be reconstructed.

The layers may be displayed in a chronological order, for example, from an earlier sent email to a recently sent email or vice versa.

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