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Email visualization using heat map

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238087D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-01
Document File: 4 page(s) / 55K

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Abstract

This disclosure presents the approach to visualize heat map frequently visited by the receivers of the mail thread which is in MIME format.

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Email visualization using heat map

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.. Problem statement and background Problem statement and background

A heat map is a graphical representation of data where the individual values contained in a matrix are represented as colors. It's common that web heat maps have been used for displaying areas of a Web page most frequently scanned by visitors.

However, the typical mail system which is based on MIME lacks of such functionality because MIME itself does not support Heat Map concept yet. On the other hand, it is quite useful for mail users to just scan those frequently read segments in mail content in order to get the key messages of the mail thread quickly.

This disclosure presents the approach to visualize those frequently visited by the receivers of the mail thread which is in MIME format.

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.. Core Ideas and Claims Core Ideas and Claims Core Ideas and Claims: :

This disclosure describes the approach or method on how to highlight those frequently read segment in mail context in different gradation of the color. The gradation of color can be set in user preference but by default it has 10 gradations which represent the percentage of the users who have read the segment of mail context. The higher the percentage is, the more the users have read that segment in a mail.

This disclosure extends the MIME to support heat map by adding X-HEATMAP-Version header in its header section. The X-HEATMAP-Version indicates that the mail contains heat map information so that any mail client can parse the information later while it displays the mail contents. Also the version of heat map can be extended in future for any enhancements.

In addition X-HEATMAP-Grade needs to be used along with X-HEATMAP-Version to present heat map gradation in terms of the mail context.

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Illustration of the disclosure using an sample MIME message below:

From: user1@user1company.com

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