ALPHA PAGER WITH ON-LINE HELP VIA TUTORIAL PAGE MESSAGE
Original Publication Date: 1992-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Dec-31
This article describes a means of acquainting a new user with the features of an alphanumeric pager by manip ulation of a "tutorial page? This approach provides an e&c- tive means of instruction that requires no paper and is avail- able at any time the pager is in service. This approach is more convenient, more readily available and leas expensive than printed manuals. It might make printed manuals un- necessary Compared to having "on-line" help coded into the ROM, it is once again less expensive and nearly as con- venient. This technique could be used with any portable communications device capable of string and displaying alphanumeric messages. This approach is already in use for many so&ware packages which provide tutorial documents to allow the user to get acquainted The public domain editor, EMACS, is a good example. All that is required is the com- bination of: a tam&al which stores this cannd message and provides a means for the user to request its transmission, via telephone, to the said user's pager, with the message itself which is custom tailored to the target pager and includes instructions on how to view and manipulate messages, and with the pager which detects that this message is a tutorial and displays the start of the message automatically.