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Response palette for instant messaging and text messaging applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236548D
Publication Date: 2014-May-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 75K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for automatically populating the text field in an instant messaging application. The system provides buttons or commands for commonly used text strings that are sensitive to the context, which is often unique to the user.

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Response palette for instant messaging and text messaging applications

Business users use instant messaging to quickly communicate with each other. While much of the text is unique, many phrases are common or repeatedly typed (e.g., teleconference numbers, phone numbers, "Give me x minutes", etc.). Additionally, some of these values need to be looked up, such as teleconference numbers, while others are just typed each time they need to be

used.

A method is needed to automate frequently used text. Since much of this text is unique to the user or the context, a way is needed to make it smarter than simple text replacement.

The basic idea is to provide buttons or commands for commonly used text strings that are sensitive to the context, which is often

unique to the user. For example, many users type or have to locate a teleconference number then paste it into the text field in an instant messaging application. The novel system allows the user to just press a button (or use a text command or key combination), and then the application looks up the user's conference call number, and pastes it into the chat window as text. Other buttons can launch dialog boxes that allow users type in a number to fill in a number for "I'll be with you in x minutes".

The system can present messages as text and variables. The application looks up the variables. For example:

• %Person being texted%, do you have a minute • Call me at %My phone number%

• Give me %number% minutes • I...