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CONTEXTUAL CONVERSATION CONTENT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242062D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-16
Document File: 5 page(s) / 395K

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Andrew Henderson: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A method is provided that organizes inline content in a separate dedicated area on a screen. As a user scrolls through a messaging conversation, content (e.g., images, videos, files, etc.) that correspond to the displayed portion of the conversation are selected and displayed in the dedicated area.

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CONTEXTUAL CONVERSATION CONTENT

AUTHORS:

Andrew Henderson Keith Griffin

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

ABSTRACT

    A method is provided that organizes inline content in a separate dedicated area on a screen. As a user scrolls through a messaging conversation, content (e.g., images, videos, files, etc.) that correspond to the displayed portion of the conversation are selected and displayed in the dedicated area.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    In a desktop or tablet messaging application where participants frequently share inline content (e.g., photos, screenshots, videos or presentations), text corresponding to instant messaging conversation is generally displayed in a separate region of the screen from thumbnail images corresponding to inline content. The mix of thumbnail images and disjointed messaging conversation text can negatively impact the readability of the information provided during the messaging session. For example, FIG. 1 shows a screenshot in which the group conversation (in the middle) refers to a post on traveling, yet the content images on the right show thumbnails that are unrelated to the topic of conversation (e.g., the thumbnails display computer equipment).

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FIG. 1

    Broadly speaking, in a messaging application, e.g., Facebook® Messenger, What's App™, etc., a variety of inline content can be added into the conversation. In general, the media content (e.g., image, video or photo) appears inline as a thumbnail image. It is frequently difficult to return to the conversation at a later point in time, and understand the relationship between the inline content and the messaging content, and the two categories of information are not synchronized.

    This method provides a way to move inline content into a separate, dedicated area of the screen. When scrolling through a conversation, this dedicated area will automatically update to show the inline content that corresponds to the messaging text currently displayed. An indicator is also provided in the messaging text to indicate that inline content was added during the conversation (e.g., the file name for a presentation along with a presentation icon, etc.).

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    The following figures illustrate this process in additional detail. FIG. 2 shows an example of a user in a messaging conversation with inline content, in which the user has scrolled to the bottom of the conversation.

FIG. 2

    In FIG. 2, the inline content is shown in a separ...