Multiple chat threads within a single window
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-22
The essence of this invention is to fully accommodate multiple chat threads within a single chat session and window. There are a few ways to do this. One is to provide users multiple text input areas leading to a single output, which allows users to type ahead on a new thread of discussion while waiting for a reply on an earlier discussion thread, with the output merged together seamlessly from the recipient's point of view (shown in Figure 2). The other is to provide users multiple text input areas, each leading to it's own output display area, which allows each thread a higher-level of focus and independence (shown in Figure 3).