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Tacit Enhanced Instant Messaging Disclosure Number: IPCOM000029830D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jul-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jul-14
Document File: 2 page(s) / 150K

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Currently instant messaging systems do not support the selection, broadcast or visual persistence of mood. Enabling the articulation of tacit communication in an instant messaging environment enables the automatic markup of chat transcripts.

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Tacit Enhanced Instant Messaging

Problem description

The current instant messaging medium and supporting technologies fail to facilitate tacit communication. Currently instant messaging systems do not support the selection, broadcast or visual persistence of mood. Moreover, there are currently limited capabilities to markup chat transcripts. Providing a system and graphical user interface (GUI) to allow users to select and express their mood also enables the instant messaging environment to leverage that information. For example, mood meta-data might be recorded as part of or embedded in a chat transcript. For example, see Figure 2.

Solution description

A simple slider widget supports mood selection and visualization. A slider widget surfaces as a horizontal or vertical line with one or more markers identifying one or more points on a line. Leveraging the slider widget to depict a positive negative scale, the instant messaging environment can be adapted to support mood selection. See Figure 1.

Figure 1, Sample user interface

In Figure 1, depicts two slider widgets. The slider in the upper right of the GUI represents the remote user's mood scale. The lower left slider represents the current user's mood scale.

Moving the marker in the lower left communicates a change in mood to the remote user. The


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remote user experiences this communication in a slider much like the one in the upper right. The remote user cannot modify this marker. For example, in Figure 1, the current user cannot move the red marker.

The second marker in the upper right scale indicates the current user's impression of the remote user'...